Kevin Feige Talks Hulk and Doctor Strange Standalone Films
We are just barely getting our foot in the door with Marvel’s Phase Two of films now that Iron Man 3 has hit theaters. Later this year, Thor: The Dark World will arrive in theaters, followed by next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy with the anticipated Avengers sequel bringing things to s close. After that, we can look forward to Phase Three, starting with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man and the recently announced Doctor Strange film. It’s the latter that Kevin Feige recently talked about. While many fans are waiting patiently to see the character on the big screen, they are also a bit hesitant, as Strange will be the first character that will highlight the use of magic and fans, myself included, are curious as to how they are going to handle that aspect. While talking with EW, Feige discusses the character and talks on his potential.
“I would love Strange to be a part of that only because he’s a great character. He’s a great standalone character. He’s got a great origin story, for the most part. And that world of pure magic, we haven’t done yet. There’s a whole supernatural/magic alternate dimension going on in the Marvel comics that we haven’t ever touched on. So I think that’s exciting.”
Of course, they also asked about who might be donning the cape to play the character, and in classic Feige style, he stayed quite vague with his response, saying “I think there’s any number of actors who would be chomping [sic] at the bit to play this guy.” Fans have their favorite actors in mind for the role, with the likes of Viggo Mortenson, Justin Theroux and Benedict Cumberbatch being suggested. Because we are so far out from this film, we likely won’t have details on actors for some time, we’ll have to just wait and see.
One character that is up in the air in regards to solo films is Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk. Fans and critics alike really took to his version of the Jade giant and have been wondering when or if we’ll ever see him in a standalone film. We’ve already seen Eric Bana take on the role in Ang Lee’s Hulk and Edward Norton in Louis Leterrier’s The Incredible Hulk. The first film failed to get fans’ attention and was a rather odd take on the character. TIH, however, was accepted better by fans and crititcs, but it wasn’t the box office hit Marvel wanted. Since then, they’ve been a bit leery about bringing the character back for a solo film. Feige was asked about the Hulk and their approach to the character, to which he responded with “People were like, ‘You’ve already had two movies. How is that going to happen?’ One of the goals that we talked about with Joss [Whedon] on Avengers was we want Hulk to be cool again.”
Then there’s that pesky rumor that won’t seem to go away about the possibility of Planet Hulk being the direction they will be heading with the character. I think we can count that out for the time being. But, we at least know they are working on something for the future.
“What we’re excited about exploring and expanding is Mark — and Banner’s not in Planet Hulk at all. The fun of the Hulk is his interaction with humans. Mark could stand in his own movie. … We’re talking about it. We’re excited to sit down and go, ‘What is a stand-alone Hulk movie?’”
While we may have to wait a bit to see Mark Ruffalo in a solo Hulk film, it’s at least encouraging to see that they are planning something. It’s likely just a matter of what direction to take with the character. Do they start from scratch once again? Pick up where Leterrier and Norton left off? A lot of decisions to be made, but at the very least, we know we’ll be getting a great Bruce Banner in Ruffalo.
Source : EW