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Kevin Feige talks potential Guardians of the Galaxy/Avengers team up, Namor’s status, & more

July 19th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Ever since Marvel Studios announced Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron, it was clear to me the two teams would have to team up to take down the mad titan Thanos in Avengers 3. Of course that could just be wishful thinking on my part.

Well it just so happens that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked to IGN about a potential Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy team up:

“Part of the fun of the comics is that could happen. Any character could interact with any other character because they inhabit the same time period and the same universe. And certainly it is the inclusion of Thanos most specifically that is a declaration to audiences who are paying attention that this is connected to those other universes. Part of the fun is that it could happen someday. I don’t know when that would be. Or maybe I know and I’m not going to tell you!”

Another character I’ve often wondered about is Namor the Sub-Mariner. I think he would be a great character to bring into the MCU, as a villain at first. He’d be a great character for a Hulk movie. A few months ago it was rumored that Universal and Legendary were developing a big screen Namor adaptation, but Feige says that isn’t true as they partially own the rights, he reveals it’s quite complicated:

“Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in.”

The subject came around to Vin Diesel, who is voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy. I think Diesel would be great as Black Bolt, when asked about Diesel playing a live action role:

“Maybe. He really is a force of nature. I was always a fan. But I’ve really grown to respect him and love what he does and what he stands for. So certainly someday. Right now I’m just so happy that the Groot thing worked out and that he’s embraced it in the way that he has. But I think there are any number of places that he could fit in a live-action way. But what he’s given to Groot – I hope – is going to be quite iconic, and a signature part for him and for us.”

He also commented on the same subject with Empire Online:

“Guardians is our tenth movie. Hopefully we will make 10 more movies, and 10 more movies after that. So to a certain extent if you are gonna close the door to additional parts for different people, your pool is going to start to narrow rather dramatically, certainly for someone like Vin who is doing a very specific thing for us as Groot. There’s easily an opportunity down the line. But I don’t know what it is yet.”

Empire also brought up the fact that WB/DC chose the same day as Captain America 3 to release Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice:

“I don’t think it is quite far to say DC is finally getting their act together. The Dark Knight movies were rather successful and genre-defining, they altered the genre in big ways. So I think there has always been competition that way. I mean Iron Man was the number one movie of 2008 until The Dark Knight came along, and I loved it. frankly. I love that the number 1 and the number 2 movies of that year, and it has happened a number of times since then, being comic-book movies, even if it wasn’t one we made. Here we are now, 14 years since the first Marvel movie I worked on. At that point it had been eight years and for about those eight years people had been asking ‘How much longer gonna last?’ ‘When are people gonna get tired of these movies? And my answer always was ‘People only get tired if a whole slew of terrible ones come out’. And it was our job to make sure that doesn’t happen. If there are other people out there interested in that not happening as well, I’m all for it.

So I continue to be all for quality entertainment for moviegoers to enjoy on weekends. If it is on the same weekend I enjoy it slightly less. But we are doing what we’ve always done, which is sticking to our plan and sticking to our vision for the movies going forward and we have a very large vision that we’re working on for Cap 3 and for all the threes movies and just because another movie plops down onto one of ours doesn’t mean we are going to alter that. Maybe we should, but we’re not going to.”




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