Still out promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron’s home release, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and producer Jeremy Latcham have been talking to EW up the future of Marvel’s MCU.
And there’s some things you might need to know:
First up, Spidey: “Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe,” Feige said, “And that’s where he belongs. That’s what was unique about him in the comics. It’s not that he was the only superhero in the world, it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”
“The most important thing is relaunching Spider-man with his own stand-alone movie and a story line that fits into this universe. The connectivity is great, but doesn’t drive the train.”
So far, only four of the six gems for Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet have been found ( the Tesseract, the Aether, the Orb, and the Mind Stone) but Feige assures us that the others are out there already: “You will see the other two sometime in Phase Three, for sure. There’s a gauntlet that needs to be filled.”
It seems that Iron Man 2 was where the idea of bring the Infinity Gems together started: “I won’t say it was all perfectly planned and laid out in 2009, but that was the genesis of it,” Feige said.
Latcham added: “We had a propmaster drawing the book Tony Stark was looking through [and] I remember trying to explain to the propmaster this cube you’re drawing is really important.”
Feige When Tony Stark is watching his father’s film, his father says “All you need to know is right in front of you” just as Tony is looking at a page in the book that details the power of the Tesseract.
He also clarified that the gauntlet briefly seen in Thor in Odin’s trophy room is not the one belonging to Thanos.
“There’s always been pressure for ‘let’s not screw it up,” Feige said, talking about all the movies in general, “That would exist for Black Panther, that would exist for Captain Marvel, just as it does for Spider-Man, just as it does for Iron Man, and anybody else. Then there’s the pressure of just staying current with the times, of representing on that big screen what exists in the world around us, as the comics have done a good job of doing. We want the movies to get to the point where they’re ahead of the curve on all those issues as well.”
We hinted earlier this week that the Avengers will be very different at the end of Phase 3 (here) and Feige concurs: “I think it definitely is an end to some version of the team we’ve come to know as the Avengers,” Latcham said. “Who knows exactly what’s going to happen yet in that film. But this version of that team will be evolving. One thing we love from the comics is the roster is always changing. It’s not the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I think it’s the end of part of it for sure. We’re still trying to sort out what parts.”
Despite Joss Whedon saying that the Marvel TV shows aren’t really part of the MCU (here), Feige insists that, not only are they part of it, but they will crossover at some point: “That’s inevitable at some point. Going forward, as they continue to do more shows and cast them with such great actors, particularly in theDaredevil show, that [crossover] may occur.”
However, it seems it may not be as easy as you’d imagine: “By the time we start doing a movie, they’d be midway through a season, and by the time our movies comes out they’d be done with the second and starting the third season. The schedules don’t always match up to make that possible. It’s easier for them. They’re more nimble and produce things faster than we do. That’s one reason you see the repercussions of Winter Soldier orAge of Ultron in the shows.”
What about the Marvel One Shots that once accompanied the movie home releases? “We talk about that a lot. The universe is big and we’re moving up to three movies a year. I don’t know how much beyond that we could go,” Feige said, “We are a relatively small team, and we’re comfortable now doing three movies a year. So it’s just about finding the time and the place.”
So there you have it…. and, yes, we want to hear your thoughts.
Kevin Feige has also gone on the record about Doctor Strange, saying that, despite what we heard, it will be an origin story: “For some reason people sometimes talked about how we’re not doing an origin story, we’re bored of origin stories. I think people are bored of origin stories they’ve seen before or origin stories that are overly familiar,” Feige told IGN.
“Doctor Strange has one of the best, most classic, most unique origin stories of any hero we have, so why wouldn’t we do that? That was sort of always the plan. How you tell that origin, perhaps there are ways to twist it or play with that, but for the most part, it’s a gift when the comics have something with such clarity of story and of character. That doesn’t always happen in the comics, and when it does, you use it.”
As for Rachel McAdams’ role in the movie, he remains secretive but gave a few details: “She plays a very, very big part in the movie and represents a certain point of view of the worlds that we experience in that movie. But Doctor Strange, without a doubt, is the character we follow through the movie.”
Marvel’s Dr. Strange will cast a spell on audiences November 4, 2016.