Speaking to SHH Feige, who is rapidly becoming my favorite Hollywood Exec, revealed that Marvel will have a secret something revealed in a few months that apparently already been filmed. My best guess is that it's more shorts but you never know with Marvel [and that's why we like them]. Said Feige---
In response to being asked about sharing responsibilities with fellow producer Jeremy Latcham.
FEIGE: The truth is that's always the way we've done it. Jeremy Latcham is an incredible executive and producer. He just completed "The Avengers" and he's going onto his next project. Each movie that we work on has a key executive producer along with it. If you don't know these names, you should. Co-president Louis D'Esposito who's executive producer on all the movies and who even directed a little something that we're going to reveal in the coming months. We couldn't do these movies without him. Victoria Alonso, who was also executive producer on "Avengers" and co-producer on our other films and leads the charge in everything from post-production and visual FX. You may have heard of the name Craig Kyle who oversees the "Thor" movies for me and Stephen Broussard who did "Captain America" and now has just moved to North Carolina for "Iron Man 3." We have an amazing team and a brain trust in place that allows us to make those two movies a year.
Another update on Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver and the deal with FOX.
FEIGE: We both have them. There's a specific arrangement with those two characters that would allow us to use them with "Avengers," but not discuss or reference their mutant or Magneto-related lineage. They can use them as mutants and as Magneto's relatives, but cannot have anything to do with "The Avengers."
Feige would also go on to confirm that Marvel will definitely be at Comic-Con this year but may or may not have anything available from Iron Man III.
In a separate interview with NBC's Popcorn Biz, Feige talks a little more about Spider-Man, the X-Men and the FF4 being at other studios---
QUESTION: Can you envision a day where you did studio co-productions so that, say, Spider-Man and Captain America could be in a film together or, going nerdier, X-Men’s Beast could join The Avengers?
FEIGE: Well, look, there's certainly no plans for it or have been any discussions about anything like that, but seven years ago nobody would believed that 'Avengers' would've been possible. So, I've stopped saying ‘never’ to any of those questions, but I don't know when that would be.
Feige on venturing into the magical side of the Marvel Universe.
FEIGE:....The magic side, again, it's going to be 'Doctor Strange.' Someday we will introduce that side of it, and when we go over that it's going to be through the eyes of Stephen Strange. When that happens, we don't know.
There's quite a bit more over at NBC's Popcorn Biz so be sure to click the link and read the entire article. Lots of tantalizing news here from Mr. Feige. Seems Dr.Strange may not be as close to receiving the greenlight as many think/hope. And what could Louis D'Esposito have possibly directed already that will be announced in the coming months? Prior to assuming his role with Marvel, he served as Second Unit Director/Asst. Director on a number of films. If it's indeed more Coulson shorts, I think they'll be decidedly different if they take place post-Avengers.
The Avengers is an upcoming American superhero film produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast, which includes Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Captain America to save the world from destruction.
Development of The Avengers began when Marvel Studios received a grant from Merrill Lynch in April 2005. After the success of the film Iron Man in May 2008, Marvel announced that The Avengers would be released in July 2011. With the signing of Scarlett Johansson in March 2009, the film was pushed back for a 2012 release. Whedon was brought on board in April 2010 and rewrote the screenplay that was originally written by Zak Penn. Production began in April 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in August 2011 and New York City in September 2011. The film was converted to 3D in post-production.
The Avengers is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012 in the United States in 2D and 3D.
Running Time: 2 hrs 22 minutes
Release Date: May 4 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG 13 for for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images, and language
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hiddleston, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner, Clark Gregg, Stellan Skarsgård, Mark Ruffalo, Amanda Righetti, Scarlett Johansson and Lou Ferrigno The Incredible Hulk (voice) .
Directed by: Joss Whedon
Written by: Zak Penn (initial screenplay), Joss Whedon (revised screenplay)
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