Kevin Feige Talks IRON MAN 4, Ultron, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY And More

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige on threequels, Ultron, MCU continuity and more. "...in the case of Ultron, there are a few characters in the franchise who it would make sense to have been involved in that creation [rather] than introducing a new character out of nowhere to come and do it."

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By Mark Julian - 11/9/2013
Kevin Feige was a guest on the Chris Hardwick Nerdist podcast to promote Marvel's Thor: The Dark World. While on the show, Feige discussed moving Marvel Studios from Manhattan Beach to the Disney lot in Burbank, CA, how Christopher Llyod is on the list of people Marvel Studios would love to work with and planning Sand Diego Comic Con panels.

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Kevin Feige on if Marvel Studios views Guardians of the Galaxy as a risk?
"I don't think it's going out on a limb anymore than the first Iron Man was. Frankly, it's less because the entire fate of the studio hinged on that...that and Incredible Hulk. And at the time, the Incredible Hulk felt like, ok, everyone knows the Hulk, [he's] the popular character, it's this Iron Man thing that's the risk."

On why some superhero movies are better than others.
"I think there are a million reasons but what we [at Marvel Studios] distilled it down to was 'a lack of confidence in the underlying source material.' And that the source material itself is the selling point, being the most interesting thing about it. So when you look at the cast of most of our movies, they're not the hottest marquee star of the day. They are now in the sequels because if the movie works, Robert Downey Jr. is now the biggest star in the world."

On the concept of trilogies. Feige says the idea was that there was always going to be more Iron Man movies after Iron Man 3.
"Somebody coined online the term threequel-itis. And I think you can look at a few of our movies, the Marvel movies, as having threequel-itis [namely] Spider-Man 3, X-Men 3 and there are a million reasons for all of that but I wanted to avoid that on Iron Man 3. And I thought we had a secret weapon which was The Avengers coming between Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3. Never mind how successful The Avengers was, we couldn't have predicted that, it would be foolish to predict that level of success. But I thought it would be good because it would be a bit of a palate cleanser between Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 and allow you to not just go, 'Oh, well here's the culmination of a trilogy. And if we're culminating a trilogy then these are the types of things that happen when you culminate a trilogy. Maybe it's the last one, maybe it's...' We knew it wouldn't be the last one and [with] Avengers, it was really a Part Four. And if you look at some successful Part Fours, sometimes they're better than threes because they're liberated in a sense from [having to] complete a beginning, middle and end. And they do, 'Lets go find whales in San Francisco in 1986.'"

On Marvel Comics continuity and Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity and having Ultron be created by someone other than Henry Pym aka Ant-Man.
"It's interesting because now, we're in our 10th or 11th or 12th movie within the MCU, Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity, and it is approaching a time where we're saying, 'In the comics, [the characters] had been doing certain things at this point which is why they had this person do this thing'. If we did that now, it wouldn't make any sense because we've done enough things that are unique in these other movies that we need to now start being true, not just to the comic continuity; which again, we've never [100%] been true to - that's always been the inspiration. Now we have to be true to our own continuity. So certainly in the case of Ultron, there are a few characters in the franchise who it would make sense to have been involved in that creation [rather] than introducing a new character out of nowhere to come and do it. And Edgar [Wright] already has certain ideas in place for the [Ant-Man] characters, going back to Comic-Con 2006 that we wanted to maintain."


There's a lot more in the podcast, the folks at Nerdist had Feige for nearly 90 minutes so be sure to click the source link below and give it a full listen.

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Prime - 11/9/2013, 11:48 AM
No more Iron Man movies for a while please.
MrCBM56 - 11/9/2013, 11:49 AM
So Tony Stark creates ULTRON. Ok mim not mad but very happy about it either.
ezio619 - 11/9/2013, 11:49 AM
Prime-they wont for a while
NovaCorpsFan - 11/9/2013, 12:07 PM
Well that was underwhelming.
aztecRaingod - 11/9/2013, 12:09 PM
IM4, just no, please. Let the trilogy RIP.
CharlesLord - 11/9/2013, 12:10 PM
I think its good they dont have to copy everything from the comics, they created a good base with the first movies, now just build from that base. If Edgar already had his story for Antman, dont step on his toes and make rework his movie to fit into the Avengers
Omarvls - 11/9/2013, 12:11 PM
Let me get this straight

Age of Ultron is released in May 2013 and AntMan in July 2013 but Hank Pym has nothing to do with Ultron

Omarvls - 11/9/2013, 12:12 PM
We will see Iron Man in Age of Ultron with bad ass new armor and in Avengers 3 with even more badass armor
No need for Iron Man 4
TheRealistStarLord - 11/9/2013, 12:18 PM
I really hope they capture the Civil War Story Arc adapting into a live action movie, and its one of the interesting stories I am hoping to see.
Omarvls - 11/9/2013, 12:18 PM
Feig also said they will be announcing Phase 3 and they have already started mapping out Phase 4 AND 5

WOW just WOW
ThePowerCosmic - 11/9/2013, 12:21 PM
If they 100% copied stuff from the comics it wouldn't be very exciting for us comic fans to see these film because we would already know what happens.
Enphlieuwince - 11/9/2013, 12:21 PM
Keep them coming Feige. Please and thank you...
Demongod20 - 11/9/2013, 12:24 PM
@ Prime

Same! No more Ironman movies until after the Avengers 3.
JoJo1982 - 11/9/2013, 12:25 PM
No more Iron man movies plz...... Wait until like phase 5 or 6

Give another new marvel character to shine plz
npamusic - 11/9/2013, 12:25 PM
@omarvls 2015, Fiege stated they'll be announcing Phase III in the middle of 2014, most likely at 2014 San-Diego Comic Con.
NovaCorpsFan - 11/9/2013, 12:25 PM
I think he meant that aspects of the characters might contribut. Like maybe Ultron is made from the Destroyer armour.
TheRealistStarLord - 11/9/2013, 12:26 PM
@ JasonBourneCBM

Thor? The Destroyer's?
npamusic - 11/9/2013, 12:26 PM
@Slave (WON) not ONE, do you know math?!
TheRealistStarLord - 11/9/2013, 12:27 PM
@NovaCorpsFan

AHHH! U SAID IT FIRST! F**K!!
CharlesLord - 11/9/2013, 12:29 PM
I think it was feige that said before that Ultron was gonna be a culmination of the avengers. So I think everyone is gonna have something to do with his creation.
Dustellar - 11/9/2013, 12:33 PM
@JasonBourneCBM

Arnim Zola.
TheAbomination - 11/9/2013, 12:34 PM
He's pretty much confirming that Tony Stark is gonna make Ultron.
BackwardGalaxy - 11/9/2013, 12:35 PM
Star Trek 4, baby!
Scorpion8125 - 11/9/2013, 12:37 PM

We WILL see Iron Man 4 and probably more.

They are NOT gonna stop after the last one made 1.1 billion dollars.

No studio walks away from that. Be it 2, 3, or 4 years, they will back up the armored truck at RDJ's bank, and Iron Man 4 will happen.

Scorpion8125 - 11/9/2013, 12:43 PM

Ultron may have elements of Destroyer armor, Stark technology, etc...

but I bet ultimately either Shield or AIM is who puts it all together and creates the nightmare.

I think it would cool if Shield is who screws the pooch and causes Ultron.

BatManiac - 11/9/2013, 12:45 PM
Where are all those people who said that Avengers wasn't a sequel to Iron Man 2? Where are all those people who said that Iron Man 3 will be the last Iron Man movie?

I think its time for those people to eat crow.

Cartoon22 - 11/9/2013, 12:52 PM
M a r v e l is WINNING .
Inhuman - 11/9/2013, 12:53 PM
Phase 3

(2015) Ant-Man
(2015) Daredevil
(2015) Jessica Jones
(2015) Iron Fist
(2015) Luke Cage
(2015) Agents Of SHIELD [season 3]
(2016) Captain America 3
(2016) Black Panther
(2017) Doctor Strange
(2017) The Defenders
(2017) Thor 3
(2018) Avengers 3

Phase 4

(2018) Guardians Of The Galaxy 2
(2019) The Incredible Hulk 2
(2019) Inhumans
(2020) Nova
(2020) Ms. Marvel
(2021) Namor
Scorpion8125 - 11/9/2013, 12:55 PM

RDJ soooo has Marvel by the balls.

He can demand anything, and they just have to give it up.

If he called them today and said gimme 80 million for an IM 4, they would say yes, smooch his nutsack, and be chasing every writer they know by midnight to get started on it.

AGoodHonestMan - 11/9/2013, 1:00 PM
If I recall Feige said something like all the Avengers were involve in making Ultron. Maybe they'll use:

The Destroyer Armor from Thor since SHIELD had already started mining its tech to make weapons.

JARVIS is probably the AI that evolves and becomes Ultron.

Cap obviously does something in Cap 2 that puts Ultron online (I read something about free will on this site.)

Banner, Hawkeye, and Widow are the only one's that baffles me.
JoeMomma29 - 11/9/2013, 1:02 PM
@ Inhumans

You understand that the shows on Netflix are not coming out till 2016 not 2015

Anyways I loved the look and feel of GOTG from the mid credits screen in Thor2.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 11/9/2013, 1:02 PM
I'm with you on the ultron idea @scorpion. And Thor 2 was great ;)
Thank goodness for Kevin Feige giving us this marvel saga. We all knew that nobody copies the source material 100%, but strike me dead if Marvel isn't the closest. Oh and the new marvel intro is incredible. Fox and Sony better not copy their logo intro. Especially you singer!!!! ,':(
Inhuman - 11/9/2013, 1:02 PM
(2015) Ant-Man…………………………………………MODOK
(2015) Daredevil…………………………………………Kingpin
(2015) Jessica Jones…………………………………….Purple Man
(2015) Iron Fist…………………………………………..Master Khan
(2015) Luke Cage………………………………………..Chemistro
(2015) Agents Of SHIELD [season 3]…………………Deathlok
(2016) Captain America 3……………………………..Baron Zemo
(2016) Black Panther……………………………………Klaw, Killmonger
(2017) Doctor Strange…………………………………..Dormammu
(2017) The Defenders……………………………………Shuma Gorath
(2017) Thor 3………………………………………………Surtur, Enchantress, Executioner
(2018) Avengers 3………………………………………….Thanos

Phase 4

(2018) Guardians Of The Galaxy 2……………………….Kang The Conqueror
(2019) The Incredible Hulk 2………………………………Absorbing Man, Red Hulk
(2019) Inhumans……………………………………………..Skrulls
(2020) Nova……………………………………………………Sphinz, Diamondhead
(2020) Ms. Marvel…………………………………………….Kree
(2021) Namor………………………………………………….Attuma
Inhuman - 11/9/2013, 1:03 PM
@JoeMomma29

I thought the press release said 2015?
Mike89 - 11/9/2013, 1:06 PM
No More Iron Man movies please. That franchise got progressively worse.

JoeMomma29 - 11/9/2013, 1:07 PM
@ Inhuman

No the video interview regarding the deal with Netflix the head guy at Disney/Marvel said they would come out 2016 which got me bummed. Dang that is the year my oldest son graduates from High School. Sheesh and I though waiting for the next Avengers and Supers/Batman felt forever.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 11/9/2013, 1:07 PM
@scorpion I don't think rdjr has marvel by the balls anymore. They signed him for avengers 2&3. They not going to be held hostage by him. The Iron Man brand is up and running. New blood can take over just like what happen to James bond and Batman.
CaptainAmerica - 11/9/2013, 1:07 PM
Iron Man creates Ultron?!? [frick] you Fox! Stick to the damn source material like Marvel Studios does!!!!!!! Oh wait
Inhuman - 11/9/2013, 1:09 PM
@JoeMomma29

Oh ok. Maybe they start filming in 2015 and then release 2016. Feige said Marvelhas plans until 2021 so you can expect a Phase 4 from 2018-2021
jcfrommars9 - 11/9/2013, 1:12 PM
@AGoodHonestMan

Cap obviously does something in Cap 2 that puts Ultron online (I read something about free will on this site.)

I was wondering exactly what Fury meant about putting down threats before they even happen.

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