Kevin Feige On Bringing Back RDJ And IRON MAN 3's Big Twist With [REDACTED]

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talk about his desire to bring back Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man in future Marvel movies, that controversial twist with a certain character in Iron Man 3 and casting Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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By Josh Wilding - 4/30/2013
Talking to The Huffington Post, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was quizzed on the return of Robert Downey Jr. in future instalments of the Iron Man and The Avengers franchises ("It certainly is our plan to continue to have Robert Downey in the persona of Tony Stark for many, many years to come") and the hugely unexpected twist in the threequel involving Sir Ben Kingsley's 'The Mandarin'. He also comments on the kind of star power that the Disney owned studio now has and whether there are any concerns that the most obscure movie of "Phase Two" - Guardians of the Galaxy - will alienate the regular moviegoing audience. What do you guys think?

On Whether He's Worried About Robert Downey Jr. Not Returning As Tony Stark/Iron Man:

Well, look, I don't think Robert will be playing this character for another 30 years, and I certainly hope the character stays in movies for the next 30 years -- just like James Bond. I would say before George Lazenby and Roger Moore, Sean Connery was James Bond. It will take a while to fill any shoes, whether it's filmmaker shoes or writer shoes or certainly actor shoes. I think Tony Stark is an interesting enough and rich enough character that he can persevere. That being said, I hope that doesn't happen any time soon. It certainly is our plan to continue to have Robert Downey in the persona of Tony Stark for many, many years to come.

On How And Why They Decided To Uniquely Reimagine 'The Mandarin':

It was one of the early ideas in development that we became very excited about. We knew what we wanted to do with Tony in the film, but with the villains, there is certainly reinterpretation that is required; Iron Man's rogue's gallery is not a deep bench, let's put it that way. It felt like a very Shane Black thing to do. It is very much The Mandarin as symbol and fear-monger, which is what he was in the comics. This is a very modern, if not post-modern, interpretation of that.

On Whether He Believes Marvel Can Get ANYONE To Star In Their Films:

No, I don't feel that way. But I feel very, very lucky that we've developed a reputation as a safe haven for people who want to play. Again, getting back to the notion of playing in the sandbox -- it is a safe sandbox to play in. I think people are saying, "Oh, maybe I can go into these waters that I haven't before and not drown." We have a very strong, guiding hand. What Sir Ben has done with this character -- I went to Sir Ben's cottage in the middle of England and pitched him on what the character was and, boy, he embraced it right away. That's fun.

On Adding Robert Redford To The Cast Of Captain America: The Winter Solider:

You talk with agents every day and they keep you abreast of who's doing what, who's available and who's interested in what. We got an incoming call about Robert Redford, which is not a call you get every day and it's a call you don't want to screw up. It was very exciting. Mr. Redford has already shot his first day for us on "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." We're very lucky that caliber of actor is so trusting of us.

On Whether He's Worried Films Like Guardians of the Galaxy Will Alienate Audiences:

I think we'd make movies very differently if we were only interested in the hardcore comic book fan. The truth of the matter is, it's very important to us that every movie stands alone; that every movie can provide an amazing two hours-plus of entertainment, with a beginning, middle and end. We try to have them work on both layers: For people who are following along and connecting the dots, it'll work, and for people who have never seen any of the other movies, it'll still work. I'd like to think as we make more movies and they become more successful, there are less and less people that have never seen any of the other ones. That allows us [some leeway]; we've established our own continuity within the movies. But it's really all about what's best for the movie, one at a time. Then, also, an overarching plan that can bob and weave. But it's always making sure that we're paying the closest attention to the single movie at hand.

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle as Rhodey/War Machine
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
Ashley Hamilton as Jack Taggert
James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

RELEASE DATE: May 3rd, 2013 (US).

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Fantine - 4/30/2013, 10:11 AM
Kingsley was perfect for the Mandarin in the Marvel Universe.
Fantine - 4/30/2013, 10:14 AM
sick of films using the "this is the villian, but no wait it was a decoy all along" twist. its tiring, as is the "lets put the villian in a prison and watch him escape"

Nolan did them first.
Angelus - 4/30/2013, 10:22 AM
Iron-Man 3 was better than Iron-Man 2 but Iron-Man 2 at least felt like a superhero movie, Iron-Man 3 felt like Tony Stark in a James Bond film.
TheDIsSilent - 4/30/2013, 10:23 AM
[frick] you Feige. I like Marvel a little better than DC, but the twist is absolutely [frick]ing stupid. Raping a villain that has a 50 year history in the comics is unforgivable. And to add insult to injury, you make Tony take out the ARC reactor and destroy the armors, NOT MAKING HIM IRON MAN IN THE LEAST.

So I say again:

TheDIsSilent - 4/30/2013, 10:24 AM
Sorry, but someone had to say it...
shadearts - 4/30/2013, 10:30 AM
And Hell if all else fails just cameo Ironman its a CG character anyways and they can focus on other charcters
CaptShipwreck - 4/30/2013, 10:33 AM
[frick] all you who are pretending to be upset but are just trolling the [frick]ing spoilers of the movie... That's low class shit and I hope to god MoS get spoiled for you [frick]s the same way your spoiling ironman 3 .... And mods how's about you guys do your job and protect others from seeing this shit on your site
MrReese - 4/30/2013, 10:35 AM
I'm sure they'll secure him 4 at least the Avengers sequels.With that said that's all we really need of IM now.Lets get other characters on the big screen.

Oh n it's still shitty twist XD
Reni - 4/30/2013, 10:35 AM
Man, everytime i see Feige laughing or smiling i get the feel he only wants money

soberchimera - 4/30/2013, 10:36 AM
Iron Man has a great rogue's gallery: Mandarin, Justin Hammer, Whiplash, Iron Monger, Ghost, Spymaste, Madame Masque, Fin Fang Foom, Titanium Man, Blizzard, and recently Mallen, Ezekiel Stane, and Detroit Steel. Does Feige not read the comics?
marccampos - 4/30/2013, 10:40 AM
I really loved the other Marvel Studios movies. That´s why I really don´t understand why did this to the Mandarin.

Kevin Feige let me very worried what about its to come on Marvel Studios movies..

How Mr. Feige could take Iron Man, his principal character, the one that makes more sucess and money in terms of franchise, and take his principal enemy (the mandarin) and did this?

I´m kind of lost here...

Marvel Studios whas the place were this characters and the Marvel Universe should be well treated.

Raffman - 4/30/2013, 10:42 AM
saw iron man a few nights ago the movie was OK.. i still like iron man 1 more than this one, the movie had great action sequences and a few laughs


but the whole "twist " to the movie was really awful. ben kingsley is such a great actor and i was looking forward that he would be a serious threat to iron man. the character was used badly at the end. i dont care if it was marvels or blacks fault for this decision it was still a bad move to make in my opinion.
TheDIsSilent - 4/30/2013, 10:47 AM
@weneedrevelation Yeah, that's not possible...for obvious reasons...
marvelstudios - 4/30/2013, 10:47 AM
I liked the twist, maybe because I haven't opened a comic book in my life. LONG LIVE THE MCU!!
TheDIsSilent - 4/30/2013, 10:49 AM
@banesmash And you'll have to live with the fact that The Dark Knight Rises is a shitacular movie. :)

Lizardking310 - 4/30/2013, 10:49 AM
The first hour or so of the movie is so awesome then it goes to hell fast... F**k your twist killed the whole movie !
GodzillaKart - 4/30/2013, 10:50 AM
I have not seen IM3 yet, but from what I have heard I have zero problem with the twist. What he says about IM's villain list being a short bench is absolutely true. The comic Mandarin is completely unusable on film. They HAD to change him. This weekend I will decide if I think they did a good job.
antoineflemming - 4/30/2013, 10:50 AM
@weneedrevelation: That doesn't make the film excellent just because that's the way Marvel wanted it. This film could have been excellent, if Mandarin was actually the Mandarin and if Tony Stark spent more time being Iron Man instead of baby sitter. Mandarin could have still been the real Mandarin, and Killian still could have ended up being the big bad guy. How? Have Mandarin and Killian be working together. Tony Stark and Rhodes as Iron Man and Iron Patriot take out the Mandarin in Miami (where they track the latest televised broadcast) and the Ten Rings in the Middle East, as a tie in to the first film. Tony Stark goes to Miami to take out the Mandarin, Rhodey goes to the Middle East to finish off the Ten Rings. Tony Stark doesn't find the Mandarin at the Miami mansion, Rhodey finds him with the Ten Rings in the Middle East. Rhodey takes him out, but is compromised by an Extremis soldier. Tony finds that the broadcast was a recording, and is also captured by Killian. Every thing else can happen the same. This way, the Mandarin is actually the Mandarin, Rhodey as Iron Patriot actually gets some action, Killian still ends up being the final bad guy. The movie ends the same, the plot basically stays the same, it's still a great movie but without mixed feelings because of a stupid twist. If MoS turns out to be good, then in my book it'll be the better CBM than IM3. Because, while some don't care about the twist, Mandarin SHOULD be a big threat to Tony Stark. He should be real, even if Killian ends up calling the shots. To have him be some dumb-witted, drug addicted, crack head actor (yeah, there's the spoiler for everyone, but everyone already knows that) is a disgrace to the character and honestly makes all these interviews describing how dangerous the Mandarin is pretty pathetic, not to mention makes Sir Ben Kingsley's performance kinda stupid. This twist, for me, keeps this film from being amazing. As a film, it's good. As an Iron Man CBM, it's not excellent to me. Oh, and the whole Bane argument thrown out by ultra-Marvel fanboys isn't the same as this. In TDKR, Bane was still Bane, and he was still a badass and was there the entire time, being Bane. Sure, Talia al Ghul was calling the shots at the end, and Bane's ending was pretty dumb, but Bane didn't end up not being Bane. He wasn't some dumb actor. That twist, which was expected (that Talia al Ghul was following her father's legacy) was done pretty well. It connected to the first film, and tied up the League of Shadows story. Iron Man 3 could have done that, but didn't.
TheDIsSilent - 4/30/2013, 10:51 AM
@AlexTheKaiser Of course we didn't really complain when those things did/did not happen. Wanna know why? BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY [frick]ING WORKED.

Sure, Feige knows his way around comic book movies. But he shot himself in the nutsack with this crap.
exe - 4/30/2013, 10:52 AM
They went too far with the twist. They grounded things up too much on this one. Everybody wants comic book Mandarin in all his glory to show up, not lame ass Guy Pearce.
TheManFromMars - 4/30/2013, 10:52 AM

Oh, Wait...

Jarvis is a computer.
Donald Blake and Thor are not the same person.
Jane Foster is an astrphysicist.
HYDRA existed back in WWII
Secret Identities are basically innexistant.
Pepper and Happy are not married.
Emil Blonsky is a Brit.
Bruce Banner wasn't testing a Gamma Bomb.

Do I need to go on?
JohnnyKrypton - 4/30/2013, 10:53 AM
Sean Connery is STILL James Bond
Pitt - 4/30/2013, 10:53 AM
To people that love to spoil movies for other people frick off
LucasMend - 4/30/2013, 10:54 AM
@Theodora agreed.
Tajin88 - 4/30/2013, 10:55 AM

What do the people in real life and the ones in the movie say, if they come across a Ben Kingsley Mandarin Poster?

They'll say: Great Actor!

satanors - 4/30/2013, 10:57 AM
It was an ok movie, Honestly a better effort than IM2. But watching Ben Kingsley like that really left a bad taste in mouth.
TheDIsSilent - 4/30/2013, 10:57 AM
@TheManFromMars You just don't get it, man. The thing is, those changes worked for the BETTER, for the most part. This shit is just ridiculous, unneeded bullcrap that probably popped into Feige's head when he was watching Nolan's Baleman movies.

I'll just step aside now. I've said all I'm going to say for now.

Cheers. :)
Tempo - 4/30/2013, 10:57 AM
The most stupid twist ever made in the history of the cinema,from Lumière Bothers to now.
antoineflemming - 4/30/2013, 10:58 AM
@TheManFromMars: For me it's not that he's not like the comics. For me, it's that what he ends up being is just stupid. I knew they weren't going to do the whole magic rings thing. But what I had wanted is that he be the terrorist leader of the Ten Rings, and that they represent 10 branches throughout the world. They could have had him be normal, plain, non-magic, without making him a drug addict.
TheDIsSilent - 4/30/2013, 10:58 AM
One last thing: You guys are in an article with spoilers in the [frick]ing body of the article. What exactly were you expecting in the comments?

Peace. :)
antoineflemming - 4/30/2013, 11:00 AM
@TheDIsSilent If he watched Nolan's "Baleman" movies, then he did an even worse thing than Nolan. This twist is hands down worse than TDKR.
Name - 4/30/2013, 11:01 AM
I dont have an emotional investement in the ironman comics so the twist though taking me by surprise was easy to overcome. Loved the film.
CavEl - 4/30/2013, 11:02 AM
@ CaptShipwreck -

What makes you think that it's Man of Steel fans spoiling the movie for you and not disgruntled Iron Man fans?

Plus, it's highly doubtful that any of you taints will spoil Man of Steel since it comes out, almost, everywhere at the same time.
Fogs - 4/30/2013, 11:04 AM
People arguing because others don't have the same opinion... again.
Jollem - 4/30/2013, 11:04 AM
the real mandarin would be awesome in a movie
CavEl - 4/30/2013, 11:04 AM
I've seen the movie, and I have a lot to say about it, but you don't see me posting spoilers all over the place.

Newbus - 4/30/2013, 11:09 AM
And which film is making the money right now? That's right STFU.
jimoakley666 - 4/30/2013, 11:09 AM
I [frick]ing LOVE what they did with the Mandarin. I was near pissing myself laughing at what they did with him. It was too perfect.
satanors - 4/30/2013, 11:09 AM
Lol. Are you geeks trying to force others to like/dislike a movie that you did not create? Hahahahahahaha
Tajin88 - 4/30/2013, 11:09 AM
The BIG difference in the Twist of TDKR and IM3 is, that everyone expected Miranda Tate to be Talia al Ghul. Like her father, she first used a false identity. For IM3, everyone also expected to see Mandarin like presented in trailers and not an "edward nigma" psycho.

What works and make sense for one CBM, doesnt have to work with another one, but they tried and so they failed and gave up a great opportunity for a great villain.
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