Massive Marvel Roundup: AGE OF ULTRON, DAREDEVIL, AVENGERS Vs. X-MEN, THOR 3 And More

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marvel bannerWith Thor: The Dark World only two weeks away, a lot of things are happening in the Marvel world. There’s no shortage of news thanks in part to the cast and crew making the press rounds for the movie’s London premiere. I mean today we’ve already gotten a new poster for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and news that Ben Kingsley is working on another Marvel project. Just yesterday we had a big roundup of some teasers Kevin Feige had dropped about some of the studios upcoming films. Well there’s been so much going on this afternoon that it’s time for yet another roundup of the teasers and tidbits from around the web. Check our homepage if you need to catch up on any stories, but strap in and read on for some updates of Age of Ultron, what’s up with Daredevil, if the Avengers will ever face off against the X-Men and much, much more!

whedonWe’ll start things off with a little update on the status of Joss Whedon‘s contract. The writer and director is locked into the Marvel Universe until 2015, which is the beginning of Phase 3. As the Marvel godfather Whedon oversees the Phase 2 scripts, serves as a creative consultant, and lends a hand with Marvel’s TV properties. All that is in addition to him writing and directing Avengers: Age of Ultron. Many fans hope Whedon will stay on through Phase 3 and give us a third Avengers film, but Kevin Feige has said they’re working on what happens between Marvel and Whedon when the 2015 deate approaches (via ScreenRant):

It’s still being determined. All of his efforts right now are in what he’s doing for us primarily, obviously, writing and prepping Age of Ultron but also in reading the drafts of the films in phase 2, watching early cuts and a) to inform him where the characters are going to end up in the beginning of Age of Ultron and also to get his input and his wisdom into all of these. But right now it’s all about leading up to Age of Ultron.

ultronSpeaking about Age of Ultron, Kevin Feige has teased the scope of the threat in the Avengers sequel. The Avengers don’t assemble all of the time and our heroes fight bad guys and tackle threats on their own in the solo films, but every once in a while something so big happens that the heroes have to come together to face it. Feige was asked by /Film how Malekith the Accursed compares to Ultron an why all of The Avengers have to take on the villainous A.I.

I don’t think it’s going to be about saving the universe every time. We’ve said that. It’s not about saving planet earth every time. It might be many times, but the threat that Ultron brings is certainly worthy of all the Avengers needing to come together and also the timing does play a large part of that. When you see a threat coming you have more time to assemble. There’s not a whole lot more I can say on that.

When Avengers is finished, we can safety expect another round of solo films. While it’s not official just yet, Feige has said there is likely going to be a Thor 3 and they already have a few ideas of what will happen to the god of thunder next. In the same interview with /Film Feige reveals when we’re likely to see Loki again:

Yeah, I don’t think it would be before Thor 3 if there is a Thor 3 and while we certainly have ideas of where we would like that to go, there are no specifics. We have to see how this one does and then go from there.

Chris Hemsworth backed up Feige‘s comments in a recent interview with Access Hollywood. You can watch the entire interview with the actor for more details about his life on and off screen, but at the very end the actor confirms after The Dark World his contract is for three more films: Avengers 2 and 3 as well as another Thor film. He does say if he’s still having fun and fans still want him holding the hammer he’s more than willing to keep going.


Thor 3 would be somewhere in Phase 3, more likely Phase 4. Feige has talked a little bit about how far in advance they pencil films in for a release date and how they like to alternate between already established characters and brand new movie properties. Next year we’ll get Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy. The old and new mix seems to be Marvel‘s ideal way of doing things

It’s all in flux. Well, not all in flux, but specific titles for those dates, we are honing in on them. It probably wouldn’t be earlier than Comic-Con to announce that, but perhaps. It’s a long way away.

I think it’s important, in an ideal world, that we have an additional story on a pre-existing character and then introduce a new character. So next year is The Winter Solider, Guardians…Year after that, Age of Ultron, Ant-Man. That’s a nice rhythm. It might not always be like that. I mean [this year was] Iron Man 3 and The Dark World, so it won’t always be like that necessarily, but that’s certainly something to aim for. So we have additional stories of the existing characters in development and the new ones, all of which you’ve heard before.

daredevil iconAnd we’ll finish things up with this fantastic chat Empire had with Kevin Feige for their latest Google Hangout. The super producer talks about his time in film school, how interning for Richard Donner while in film school resulted in him working on X-Men, and how X-Men turned into his current job with Marvel. Feige also talks about the present and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He says they’re hard at work on pre-production for Ant-Man and that Marvel probably won’t be doing more than 2 movies a year for a long while. Two things wroth pointing out specifically is the Marvel head honcho’s comments regarding Daredevil and a possible X-Men/Avengers crossover. Feige reiterates that we’ll be seeing Daredevil soon:

Daredevil is back at Marvel and there are lots of talented people within the company figuring out what to do with him next. We love Daredevil. They are amazing story. The Bendis run, his five or six year run is amazing, it went into a Brubaker run that was amazing. All sorts of things before that era that we could use. You can bet on seeing something with Daredevil in the not too distant future.

Hugh Jackman has been asking for a role in an Avengers film so he can mix it up with Robert Downey Jr., but he said you’d really have to ask the Marvel folks about whether or not that’s really possible. Well Empire did just that. They asked Feige if there was a chance we could see the X-Men and The Avengers teaming up in the future:

There’s no plans right now. Enough amazing things have happened within the 13 years that I’ve been with Marvel that I never say never to things like that, but I don’t think it will be anytime soon. Truth is, The Avengers have so many stories to tell. We have an embarrassment of riches as it is, that it’s not like creatively we need or want to include the X-Men. As a fan, I think it would be fun to see someday. I don’t know when that would be. Phase 27 [laughs].

So there you go. We’ll have to wait a long, long time before that happens but it is a possibility (no matter how slim). You can watch the full video to see everything Feige had to say. That’s going to do it for this edition of Roundup though. We covered a lot of ground and discussed a lot of juicy tidbits about what could be coming up in the Marvel universe. Everything will really get going with Thor: The Dark World. There are some rumors out there regarding the post credits scenes, and if they’re true we’re in for a real treat. What do you think?


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Source : /Film, ScreenRant, Access Hollywood, Empire