Kevin Feige Talks More About Marvel's 2016/2017 Plans; Confirms NAMOR Is Still At Universal

Kevin Feige Talks More About Marvel's 2016/2017 Plans; Confirms NAMOR Is Still At Universal

While it was believed the rights to Namor the Submariner had returned to Marvel, Kevin Feige has now confirmed that they remain at Universal. He also discusses their approach to deciding which movies will be released in 2016 and 2017 and teases Hawkeye's larger role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Talking to Empire Magazine at the recent D23 Expo, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige cleared up a few rumours and teasingly addressed the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked when we should expect to hear some solid news on which characters will be filling those recently announced 2016 and 2017 release date slots, he said: "Next spring is when we really sit down and start to decide what we announce for 2016 and 2017." So, in that case, it could be as late as next year's San Diego Comic-Con when we find out! Either way, Feige was quick to point out that he's still keen to exploit the popularity of the Hulk ("I think we have something special with our Mark Ruffalo Banner, and we'd love to see where we could take his stories"), adding that the Green Goliath will have "a significant role" in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Speaking of which, he's not the only member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes who will have a big role in the sequel. So will Hawkeye! "Joss has a great storyline in mind for him that shows a deeper side and further fleshes out our favourite archer." Finally, Feige added that there are still no plans to introduce Ant-Man and Wasp in the movie, adding that when it comes to their next wave of movies, "There are three or four slots. We've got six or seven things going. We've got to choose which four will go. It's a Battle Royale!" Will one of them be Namor? Nope. "That's at Universal."
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MexicanSexyman - 8/23/2013, 11:26 AM
TIH 2 FTW. Hopefully they announce Dr. Strange or Black Panter.
TTT0809 - 8/23/2013, 11:26 AM
I doubt we'll ever see a Namor movie.
ATrueHero1987 - 8/23/2013, 11:30 AM
How the hell does Universal still have the rights to Namor?
CharlesLord - 8/23/2013, 11:31 AM
Lol universal aint finna do nothin wait namor man, just give em back to marvel
92Marvel - 8/23/2013, 11:31 AM
@Mercwitham0uth that's what I thought too
JerBear - 8/23/2013, 11:32 AM
Black Panther Feige. Let that fill one of those slots or we're coming for you.
JerBear - 8/23/2013, 11:32 AM
And Fantastic 4
3DWitchHunt - 8/23/2013, 11:34 AM
[frick], that sucks
I was hoping to see this from Marvel:

Anyway, Im [frick]ing glad that Hawkeye will have a big role in The Avengers. He got shafted in the last one
Oh, I would love to see this friendship in the movie was well:
92Marvel - 8/23/2013, 11:34 AM
If Universal does decide to make a movie they better connect it with the marvel cinematic universe
LEVITIKUZ - 8/23/2013, 11:36 AM
So Iron Man creates Ultron, Hawkeye & Black Widow promised a bigger role, Quicksilver & Scarlet Witch introduced, now Hulk with have a significant role.

Happy for Hulk but it seems like everyone is having a bigger role.
Durranto - 8/23/2013, 11:37 AM
RIPD was Universal.... hasn't done well from what I hear.
Grayson7954 - 8/23/2013, 11:38 AM
@merc, you forgot fantastic four dude
SageMode - 8/23/2013, 11:38 AM
Wait a minute.....I thought Marvel Studios got back the rights to Namor........
l0rdleg0las - 8/23/2013, 11:39 AM
If Universal has Namor what was the point of that nod to the character in Iron Man 2 on that board that showed possible locations of potential Avengers?
92Marvel - 8/23/2013, 11:39 AM
@3DWitchHunt I think if they do another hulk movie they might throw in hawkeye
malekithdude - 8/23/2013, 11:39 AM
Looks like Thor will be pushed into the background in Avengers: Age of Ultron then. There's been no mention of what role he plays at all. Though, I could be wrong.
Hopefully in Phase 3 they could begin to create more and more cross-overs through the MCU to bond it firmly together, allowing each Avenger or super-hero to have at least one movie in the space of about 3. Who knows? I hope the Guardians of the Galaxy team up with the Avengers one day, maybe to battle Thanos.
They're the experts! I can't wait.
92Marvel - 8/23/2013, 11:40 AM
@l0rdleg0las I know I was thinking that and there been some more to I was thinking he's maybe lying.
thenerdicon4 - 8/23/2013, 11:40 AM
yeah, but RIPD isnt technically isnt a superhero movie. By that logic MIB is a superhero movie. but not really.
l0rdleg0las - 8/23/2013, 11:41 AM
Screw Hawkeye and Widow and Magneto's brats as well. Give the sequel more of what it actually needs. More Cap, and more Thor.
GodzillaKart - 8/23/2013, 11:42 AM
That's too bad. Universal should sell it back.
MrCBM56 - 8/23/2013, 11:42 AM

TheAmazingSpidey63 - 8/23/2013, 11:42 AM
Huh, I thought for sure Namor was back with Marvel. But here's where I'm confused at: Back in '08 where both Iron-Man and The Incredible Hulk were released, TIH was still with Universal at the time and yet they both coexisted in the same cinematic universe, right? I mean, could they do the same for Namor if they ever wanted to establish the characters within the MCU? I may have missed a few things or may be wrong on how I'm thinking about this.
thenerdicon4 - 8/23/2013, 11:42 AM
Age of Ultron seems like it is going to be really jam packed with stuff... Is no one concerned? Why arent you worried about how overblown this film could become eh?
Omarvls - 8/23/2013, 11:43 AM
6 or 7 for 4 slots

1. Dr. Strange
2. Black Panther
3. Hulk
4. GotG 2
ScottMontgomery - 8/23/2013, 11:43 AM
BLACK PANTHER! C'mon give us our Black Panther movie marvel
Gmoney84 - 8/23/2013, 11:44 AM
I'm worried the MCU could become too convuluted at some point. Too many characters...too much continuity to maintain.
mcminnjb1990 - 8/23/2013, 11:46 AM
Blackpanther ans daredevil please
thenerdicon4 - 8/23/2013, 11:46 AM
so... is Namor at Universal or not Mr. Feige...? hmmm...
TheBeard - 8/23/2013, 11:46 AM
How the hell does universal have the rights to Namor? They have never even made a movie, shouldn't the rights have reverted by now?
JordanKing - 8/23/2013, 11:46 AM
@thenerdicon4 Because its Joss Whedon mainly. And if you want to see something over stuffed, X-Men: DoFP has that covered.
3DWitchHunt - 8/23/2013, 11:47 AM
That would be awesome. They need to use up Renner as much as possible. He's not getting any younger

Wait, what??
What rights do they own?
l0rdleg0las - 8/23/2013, 11:47 AM

That Daredevil movie would suck. Nolan turns superheroes into pussified punching bags.
kinghulk - 8/23/2013, 11:49 AM
white- i would love to see doctor doom in the MCU, doom is awsome.
im disapointed namor is still at universal he has a lot of potencial like thor.
hope we get black panther more than anything else in phase 3.
RichardBoldly - 8/23/2013, 11:49 AM
Ocelot - 8/23/2013, 11:50 AM
Universal have been on the rise recently, I think they're the top grossing studio this year and have had the most $100M openings, wouldn't be surprised if they give a Namor movie a shot in the near future, they would probably want another franchise, they only have about 2 or 3 and make it in a similar way to the likes of Hercules and 300 as the failings of Hulk and The Incredible Hulk would probably deter them from making it a pure superhero type film.
wcwpoet - 8/23/2013, 11:51 AM
One of those movies better be BLACK PANTHER dammit!
Highflyer - 8/23/2013, 11:53 AM
Why do they keep on saying Ruffalo Banner and not just Bruce Banner? BTW how many characters have 'big roles' in this movie?
FantasticSpidey - 8/23/2013, 11:53 AM
I think Universal had some Thor distribution or something. And they certainly have Scott Pilgrim vs the World. Can't forget the 8-Bit Universal logo.
wcwpoet - 8/23/2013, 11:53 AM
God if Namor could hurry up and get back to Marvel Studios! You'd have another epic setting to introduce into the MCU with Marvel's version of Atlantis.
Doughdzm - 8/23/2013, 11:53 AM
I told ya'll here first that Banner will create Ultron and they are slowly delivering that news. Remember Banner has been with Tony in the r&d Department just tinkering it was alluded to in the Avengers. Damn you Whedon get me my Panther
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