Kevin Feige On THE AVENGERS Aliens, End-Credits Teaser, TDKR Comparisons And More

Teasing future installments, in quite a lengthy interview with Marvel Studios' head honcho, he discusses The Avengers aliens, end-credits teaser, and comparisons to Warner Bros' TDKR!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 4/16/2012


Continuing promotional rounds for Marvel's The Avengers flick, now one-on-one with Comic Book Resources, Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige discusses the superhero assembly in more detail than ever. Weighing in on comparisons to Warner Bros and DC Entertainment's Batman finale, The Dark Knight Rises, Feige also discusses Loki's army, the anticipated end-credits teaser and the "key" to the studios' success.

"I haven't seen 'Dark Knight Rises.' [Christopher] Nolan's tone is very specific and is pretty awesome, and we're very different. I think that while we have, particularly in 'Avengers,' very serious moments and [it] is as dark and serious as the moments in any of our films, there's a sense of humor that goes along with it that Joss is an expert at and that we believe very strongly that Jon Favreau really helped define in the 'Iron Man' films, that allows, we believe, the audience to get in even deeper into the story," Feige said.

"There's a lot of crazy stuff going on in our movies, and we want people to believe in them and we want people to relate to them. When they're laughing, when they're cheering, you can suddenly hit them with something else -- you open up through humor and that tone, that fine line between the epic, the bombastic, the moving and the humor is to me that favorite part of stringing all these movies together," Feige said. "One of my favorite compliments coming out of many of our films is, 'I didn't think it would be so funny!'"

"Truthfully [the aliens] are Loki's army and what is most important about them is that they are Loki's army. The notion of Skrulls and Kree and the amount of speculation -- the great thing about the fans just want to know everything they don't know. They wanted to fill in the blank, and that blank wasn't particularly important of who the aliens were; we revealed Loki a long time ago, he was the main bad guy."

"There's a reveal at the end -- the notion that Loki has made an arrangement with somebody, that somebody has provided these extremely deadly and creepy and cool aliens to fight alongside him and then to reveal who that somebody was, that's all Joss and that was sort of the big payoff," Feige said.

Regarding future big-screen adaptations, when CBR asked the producer about the potential Antman, Runaways, Inhumans or Guardians films, he smilingly responded, "Two of those four are much closer than people realize, and we'll be talking about them in the coming months!"

For the full interview, where Kevin Feige discusses Joss Whedon's writing tactics, Agent Coulson's inclusion and much much more, head on over to Comic Book Resources!


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Starring Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, & directed by Joss Whedon from a screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Prepare yourself for an exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, when “Marvel’s The Avengers” assemble on May 4, 2012. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. In addition to "Marvel's The Avengers," Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on the Marvel characters including "Iron Man 3" on May 3, 2013!; and “Thor 2” on November 15, 2013.


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Sanderman - 4/16/2012, 2:18 PM
this movie cant get here fast enough
AlibiBreakfast - 4/16/2012, 2:22 PM
Nice! It's awesome Joss was responsible for the big reveal in the after credits scene. It looks like the man the and the moment met perfectly for the Avengers.
marvel72 - 4/16/2012, 2:22 PM
i wish it would hurry the f*ck up.
MovieMaster - 4/16/2012, 2:28 PM
Gee I wonder who he's talking about.
Ghostfire - 4/16/2012, 2:32 PM
I just hope they keep Joss as director for the next Avengers sequels.
RunDTC - 4/16/2012, 2:33 PM
@MovieMaster: do you really want to know? cause I'll tell you if you REALLY want to know.
superotherside - 4/16/2012, 2:33 PM
Awesome. I bet Thanos is behind it. :)
superotherside - 4/16/2012, 2:34 PM
RunDTC Email him or something. Try to keep the comments unspoilerish please. :)
RunDTC - 4/16/2012, 2:47 PM
@1980: he said Dark Knight Rises.
RunDTC - 4/16/2012, 2:48 PM
@superotherside: OK.
MovieMaster - 4/16/2012, 2:53 PM
Lol RunDTC, I already know :P
comiccow6 - 4/16/2012, 2:54 PM
Thanos. Or Surtur. Or Kang. I don't know.
BlindLemonShemp - 4/16/2012, 2:56 PM
Antman and Guardians comin soon! Hoowa!
TheAmazingSpiderMan47 - 4/16/2012, 2:56 PM
what i would do to have his job
BlindLemonShemp - 4/16/2012, 2:57 PM
ps... Loki's secret benefactor is Norman Osborne
IronMan113 - 4/16/2012, 2:57 PM
I bet it's guardians and Ant Man that are the two close movies
GreyChaos13Zero - 4/16/2012, 2:57 PM
Antman might be one of them but I can't tell with the other three. I really wanna watch this right now:)

can't wait tho?)

oh yea, one more thing

HULK SMASH!!!!

ralfinader - 4/16/2012, 2:58 PM
@Tea - too funny man.
ralfinader - 4/16/2012, 2:59 PM
Guessing Antman and Guardians
LMB10 - 4/16/2012, 3:00 PM
I reckon the two he's talking about are Ant-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy.
TheTaskmaster - 4/16/2012, 3:00 PM
Yeah its definitely Antman and Guardians of the Galaxy.
SpideyQuad - 4/16/2012, 3:00 PM
ANT-MAN and GUARDIANS of the GALAXY! O-M-G!!!

BRING IT BABY!
AlcoholicA - 4/16/2012, 3:02 PM
Guardians of the Galaxy FTW
ItsATrap - 4/16/2012, 3:02 PM
definitely ant man and inhumans. just watch. pretty sure they listed inhumans as a working project earlier this year
BIGBMH - 4/16/2012, 3:04 PM
Humor and substance? That's impossible. Otherwise, what explanation would there be for the poor quality of the new Ultimate Spider-man cartoon?
SpideyQuad - 4/16/2012, 3:07 PM
If true can you imagine the fall-out from certain fan-boys?

The news just keeps geting better... MOMENTUM BABY ... KEEP IT COMING!

MAKE MINE MARVEL... EXCELSIOUR!!! (nerd for i messed my undies)
OnLeatherWings - 4/16/2012, 3:11 PM
Didn't they say guardians of the galaxy is one they are working on already? guardians of the galaxy is something that sounds really interesting yet I know nothing about it.
Ranger14 - 4/16/2012, 3:11 PM
"There's a lot of crazy stuff going on in our movies, and we want people to believe in them and we want people to relate to them. When they're laughing, when they're cheering, you can suddenly hit them with something else -- you open up through humor and that tone, that fine line between the epic, the bombastic, the moving and the humor is to me that favorite part of stringing all these movies together,"

And that is how a comic book is brought to life on the big screen. You should experience the same feelings you do when you read the comic book. My sentiments anyway.
thewonderer - 4/16/2012, 3:11 PM
@BIGBMH

I love the USM cartoon and it isn't poor. Its just humor for a different audience apparently.

Can't freaking wait for Ant-Man. Edgar said in an old interview that the character was being written to NOT fit in the MCU so that leads to me to believe some projects being done in Marvel Studios won't be in the shared universe.

So people don't expect all these projects to be in one universe

Interesting TDKR comparison. Glad both Nolan and he has mutual respect for each others projects...which sadly cannot be said for the trolls here

Still Feige you blow for no Hulk 2

Me: Hulk *Hulk turns* Me: SMASH

*smashes Feiges head in*
thewonderer - 4/16/2012, 3:13 PM
@Ranger

Agreed Ranger, thats why Nolans movies work so well for me. I feel how Batman feels and they really accurately portrayed it

MCU too, but I wish the origin stories had a little more creativity between them

AVEN - 4/16/2012, 3:17 PM
What about Dr. Strange? :(
Ranger14 - 4/16/2012, 3:20 PM
thewonderer@ And that's why Nolan movies don't work that well for me. Outside of Batman, Alfred and Gordon the rest of the films seem to detach from the actual comics. I just don't care for Nolan's style. It doesn't feel like a comic book when I see his Batman films. Different strokes man.
superotherside - 4/16/2012, 3:25 PM
RunDTC No prob. Just don't want any to see any spoilers as much as possible. :) But if I did it wouldn't be any prob either. :)
thewonderer - 4/16/2012, 3:26 PM
@Ranger

I disagree entirely, Alfred and Gordon being the sole people on Batmans side. Batman talking to Gordon pirvately and then randomly disappearing is so well done. Oldman nails the whole helping Batman but being unsure perfectly. Caine DEFINITELY brings more of a presence than comic Alfred. I just don't think thats a problem and actually an improvement. The chemistry between him and Bale is remarkable on its own and I love how its portrayed his influence and father figure/friend to him.

I guess your right. To be fair though, at least the way I see it, films aren't supposed to look like comics. We have comic books to be comic books. We have films to be films and if we want to adapt it, we have to account for the medium differences.

Well thats the way I see it. To each his own
avengingson - 4/16/2012, 3:28 PM
Feige just recently said that if Ant-Man were already done, they *would* have put him in The Avengers... I'm hoping for Guardians of the Galaxy first and foremost. Ant-Man would be cool... I don't give two craps about The Runaways...
PeterDarker121 - 4/16/2012, 3:29 PM
If Guardians is one of them, I'm hoping they take their time with it and it's the newer version with Star-Lord and Adam Warlock...
thewonderer - 4/16/2012, 3:31 PM
*guess your right about different strokes*

@gayblade

Nolan has said, when asked about liking to make a JLA film:

"Marvel are doing what they are doing and people will either respond to that really well or they won't. It's not something I ever applied a blanket rule to, but Marvel characters are very different to DC characters... You've got to go back to that element of 'What do I see when I close my eyes and think of Batman/Superman?' And for me a big part of that is their individuality. They are extraordinary beings in an ordinary world... they are two very different characters but there's an elemental feeling of power in the iconography of those characters. To me that's originally because they stood alone, I need to hang onto that in my imagining of them".

I took it as him acknowledging Joss could pull off a team superhero movie when he just doesn't have the mindset to.

I'm pretty sure he's said more, I can't find it though
thewonderer - 4/16/2012, 3:32 PM
@avengingson

That doesn't mean now that hes going to be done, he will be in the MCU

The scriptwriter himself, Edgar Wright, said his Ant-Man IS NOT in the MCU

Believe who you want
CorndogBurglar - 4/16/2012, 3:32 PM
Rocket Raccoooooooooon bitcnes!
MrReese - 4/16/2012, 3:33 PM
@tea LOL glad 2 joss was behind the after credit scene should b a nice touch at the end! cant freakin wait!! XD
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