Kevin Feige On Iron Man's Role In THE AVENGERS 2 And How STAR WARS Impacts Marvel's Slate
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discusses Iron Man's "big part" in The Avengers 2 and speculates as to when we might see a fourth instalment in his solo franchise. He also talks about Edgar Wright's Ant-Man and whether Disney will put Marvel movies on the back burner for Star Wars.
In an interview with Superhero Hype, Kevin Feige has talked more about their plans moving forward. Despite the fact that it's still unclear whether or not Robert Downey Jr. will reprise the role of Tony Stark after Iron Man 3, Feige reveals that the character has a major role in The Avengers 2 and that they're yet to decide on when we might see a fourth instalment in the solo franchise. He also talks talks more about the importance of bringing Ant-Man to the big screen and whether Disney's recent acquisition of Lucasfilm will impact Marvel's movie slate in coming years.
On Iron Man's Role In The Marvel Cinematic Universe Moving Forward:
"Well, no, I think people say that because we’re not developing “Iron Man 4.” Currently, as you may imagine, Iron Man is a big part of “Avengers 2” and that’s what we’re focusing on and what Joss (Whedon) is focusing on. So where we go after that remains to be seen, but certainly, “Avengers 2” being the next appearance, the next storyline for Iron Man. Do I think there will be another Iron Man movie? Of course I do. Who will be in that movie and who will be a part of that movie? Who knows? And how far down the line will it be? Will it be right after “Avengers 2,” will it be a few years after “Avengers 2”? Who knows? For as advanced as we are in terms of the advanced planning that we do, we’re already looking out to 2015, 2016 and that’s further than most people look out. Beyond that, we’re still not sure."
On Why He's So Determined To Bring Edgar Wright's Ant-Man To The Big Screen:
"Well, it’s for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is because I met a very talented filmmaker who was about my age almost ten years ago, we got along very well. He had a movie called “Shaun of the Dead” which hadn’t come out yet and he said he really wanted to meet to talk about “Ant-Man”… and this was even before we were on the studio. This was just at the dawn of us even discussing becoming our own studio. But we met with him, he had a cool idea and when we became our own studio, we hired him and Joe Cornish, who as you know, went on to do “Attack the Block” and become a very talented filmmaker in his own right. At the time he hadn’t done much at all but we really believed in him and we believed in Edgar and they delivered a draft that was sort of unlike anything we’d done before that was sort of wholly Edgar and wholly Marvel and a very fun spin on the Ant-Man mythology. And if you’ve seen the in-progress test we showed at Comic-Con last year and there’s been some clips of it we’ve released. People go like, “Ant-Man, is that a joke? What happens? He talks to ants?” And Edgar and his team put together this test of basically just Ant-Man going down the hallway and it is so kick-ass and so bad-ass, people instantly go, “Oh, I get it! Now we see what it can be.” And that of course is only 1% of what the movie is, but it’s certainly enough to get people to realize, 'Oh, that’s why you’ve been thinking about this for so long.'"
On Whether Disney's Star Wars Movies Will Mean Less Marvel Releases:
"Well, we’ll see. We’re definitely doing our own thing and that’s what’s been so great about the relationship with Disney. As they said, 'We’re purchasing Marvel because we like what you’re doing.' Keep doing it. And that’s been three years now and that’s certainly what they’ve allowed us to do, so I hope that means I can get into an advanced screening of a new 'Star Wars' movie, that’d be fun (laughs) but I don’t know how much more it will effect us than that."
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