MARVEL Roundup: Kevin Feige Talks ULTRON, DOCTOR STRANGE, Female Heroes And Much More
With Thor: The Dark World only a little over two weeks away, the cast and crew of the latest Marvel Studios film are out hitting the press rounds pretty hard. We’ve reached the point where we’ve learned everything we can about the Thor sequel without going into too much spoiler territory, so we’re now getting quotes and info about the future of the Marvel movie verse. Kevin Feige has been opening up about some of the movies coming down the pike as well as some things Marvel is just now starting work on. We’ve rounded up all the latest from the Marvel Studios head honcho into one convenient location for your reading pleasure. Strap in and read on for the latest Marvel roundup!
Feige revealed that James Spader is going to be much more than just the voice of Ultron in Joss Whedon‘s Avengers sequel. The Blacklist star was an odd, but interesting, choice for the villainous A.I. The announcement of Spader‘s casting was overshadowed by other comic book movie news when it hit, but people are finally starting to come around. Feige told the Huffington Post that they didn’t hire Spader just to stand in a booth and do a robot voice:
Well, I think it will be more than a voice role — we’ll be capturing his face and his body to create a whole performance. He’s a very unique and incredibly exciting and unpredictable actor. And Ultron in the comics is a robot, but what’s cool about him in the comics — and certainly how Joss Whedon is interpreting him for the movie — is that he is much more than just a robot. That he’s infused with much character. And I don’t want to say too much, but you can imagine James Spader will be very dynamic in his portrayal of this character. [Laughs] We did not hire James Spader to do a robot voice.
Speaking of highly anticipated movies, Feige also opened up a little more about that potential Doctor Strange movie we may be seeing in Phase 3. Feige says that the film is in “active development” but we’ll have to wait for an announcement. When asked if we’ll start hearing plans for Marvel‘s 2016-2017 film slate at next year’s Comic Con, Feige said we may actually hear something before then:
Maybe… stuff might happen before that. It’s too early to tell.
Doc Strange, as I’ve been saying for years, is a movie I believe we should make — we’re just figuring out how to make it a great movie. It is in active development right now. Whether that’s one of the movies we announce for 2016 or 2017, we have to see. I think it’ll be the middle of next year before we announce officially what the post Ant-Man films will be.
In the same interview with Movies.Com, the Marvel Studios boss was asked about a possible solo female hero film. Louis D’Esposito, Marvel‘s Co-President, has been saying a female-led film is a real possibility and was something the studio was really looking into. Feige confirms that, but he says they have strong female characters in their films so the rush to a solo film isn’t something they’re too worried about:
Good question. I don’t know what they’re doing or what they’re planning. I know we have numerous exciting female heroes, whether none of them are currently slated, some of them are in development — frankly, you can look at what Jane Foster does in [Thor: The Dark World], look at Pepper Potts literally saving the day and defeating the bad guy in Iron Man 3, and I’d say we already have great female heroes that are showcased and play major roles in our universe now. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as you will see, features Black Widow in her biggest role yet in any of our films. In terms of a solo standalone female hero, I’m not sure when that will be. We make two movies a year, we’ve planned through 2015 and we have some ideas of what we’re doing in 2016 and 2017, so we’ll see what happens.
We may get a Peggy Carter solo TV show before a movie, but baby steps I guess.
While we wait to see whether Marvel or DC gets a female superhero solo film going first, we won’t have to wait too long to see a talking tree and a gun-totting raccoon on film. Chris Pratt recently said Bradley Cooper‘s Rocket Raccoon may be the best character in the highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy, Feige told Total Film that he thinks Pratt is being modest. You can see what he had to say about the film in the video below.
And finally, just for a bit of fun, FlicksAndTheCity asked Tom Hiddleston for another one of his famous impressions. The actor showed us what it would be like if Owen Wilson was Loki the other week, but now he’s demonstrating what Samuel L. Jackson would be like as Loki. That may indeed be what the “L.” in his name stands for, I’m not sure. Anyway check it out below. Warning: Since it is a Sam Jackson impression there is some NSFW language.