Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige–the man behind spectacle Avengers franchise, behind literally all of Marvel’s worldwide success–talks about Phase 3 of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. Recently speaking with EW, Feige outlined the third phase, by not just simply talking about The Avengers, but also discussing Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, Ghost Rider, Daredevil, even Punisher. Marvel is really pulling out all the stops on this one. Now that they have two films that grossed over $1 billion at the worldwide box office–they are capable of bringing almost any character to the big screen. Check out what he had to say below.
Kevin Feige on Ant-Man, which is being directed by Edgar Wright and has a definitive spot in Phase 3:
We started working with Edgar on that movie right in the dawn of us becoming our own studio. It goes back so long you maybe even remember our 2006 appearance at Comic-Con. Edgar was on that panel talking about Ant-Man. And it had been a few years [of planning] at that point.
Edgar Wright on directing Ant-Man after he finished previous projects:
I actually made the choice to make Scott Pilgrim and The World’s End before this one. And Ant-Man is such a big special-effects film, it’s almost like the further it goes on, the easier it is to do, in a way. I feel more confident now, but I can’t talk about it too much because I get superstitious. I just feel like I don’t want to jinx it.
Feige then goes on to discuss the possibility of Dr. Strange in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe:
I would love Strange to be a part of that only because he’s a great character. He’s a great standalone character. He’s got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven’t done yet. There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on. So I think that’s exciting.
On regaining the rights to Daredevil, The Punisher, and Ghost Rider:
So Punisher, Ghost Rider, … Blade, all those characters are back. They all have potential, but I think we need to find the right time. [But] we’re not going to say, we got it back — make it.
Feige also talks about Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk; about him continuing the character and pre-Avengers worries:
People were like, ‘You’ve already had two movies. How is that going to happen?’ One of the goals that we talked about with Joss [Whedon] on Avengers was we want Hulk to be cool again … If anyone could be a great 55-year-old Hulk, it’s Mark so I’m not worried about that.
He went on talking about The Inhumans, saying that Guardians of the Galaxy obviously won the Phase 2 spot, but considers it a future project. Still, don’t expect it to replace Thor 3 or Captain America 3:
Inhumans is cool, they’re really great characters. The most powerful guy is the king who doesn’t say a word and if he does — lookout. That’s awesome. And the notion of the Terrigen Mists, this notion that you go through and don’t know what you’re going to be on the other side, is incredibly compelling dramatically.In other words, all the craziness that comes with Inhumans, we’ve done in the other movies already. But this would have some of the social drama that we haven’t really done yet. [Fox’s] X-Men, obviously, has been touching on that stuff for a while.
Kevin Feige then discusses the recently created Runaways series; on that being a possible film adaptation:
It’s a matter of where it fits. The way the business is working now, you either have really inexpensive, sort of surprise movies that can come out and be hits, but don’t cost much. Or you have the big giant summer blockbusters that really swing for the fences. Right now, we’re just swinging for the fences every time. Runaways sort of falls in between those, in a way. We just haven’t found where or how to do it… right now … I’d love to do it someday.
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