Weekend MARVEL Roundup: Expect More HULK, What’s Up With IRON MAN, AGE OF ULTRON, And Much More
We’re just a mere 12 days away from the premiere of Thor: The Dark World, so the Marvel news is coming at us faster and faster as we get deeper into Phase 2. While the cast and crew of the film have been teasing what’s going on in their film, Kevin Feige has been teasing what’s coming up in the Marvel verse as a whole. We’ve had many articles featuring the Marvel Studios head honcho talking about what’s coming up as well as giving hints at what could come after the things we already know about. This week saw a lot more from Feige, so we figured we’d finish the weekend with an ultimate roundup article. We have A LOT of ground to cover, so buckle up and read on!
Let’s start things out with something that’s not strictly Marvel related. Feige took part in an extensive interview with the French website Reviewer (click that to read the full interview. It’s a really good one) where he was asked about every rumor, film, and character you could think of. The interview started off with a question about their competitor’s upcoming film, Batman vs. Superman. Feige says there is more than enough room for all the heroes, but he does get in a backhanded compliment or two:
You know, Batman and Superman meet up in the comics quite a bit. And I always say that all of all us at Marvel started as film fans and comic fans, and the idea of seeing a Batman and Superman film excites us. The idea of seeing it only because of the success that we have had is very flattering.
I think there’s probably lots of different ways to achieve something. We have to remember that The Avengers comics only happened because the Justice League comic was successful in the 60’s. Now the movies are happening because The Avengers movie was successful. And was was fun about about The Avengers, is that it was existing, well-known heroes, all teaming up teaming up or the first time. Certainly Batman and Superman are well-know. So, they have that.
I’ll move on without comment on that one. Firing off some quick news, Feige commented on the recent announcement that Ben Kingsley was working on a secret Marvel project. The only thing he would say is “I think the keyword here is ‘secret!‘” When asked if it was a TV show, movie, or short, he would only shake his head.
Iron Man 3 is an important film for Marvel. It’s supposed to set up a lot of things we’ll see fleshed out on the road to Age of Ultron. We know Robert Downey Jr.‘s contract ended with that film, though he’ll be back for two Avengers films. Feige was asked if there would be any more solo Iron Man films and if he could see them rebooting the franchise when Downey decides to call it a day for good:
That’s the question. And again, that’s a question we won’t have to face until after Avengers 3. So that’s at least five or six years away.
I’m more interested in keeping it going. And that’s what I meant by Tony Stark being like James Bond. Or like Batman, these iconic characters that can keep going. And maybe sometimes, you do a Casino Royale or Batman Begins, or things like that. But there’s so many great stories in the comics, why would we want to retell the origins over and over?
Moving on to the crown jewel of Phase 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige was grilled about the new characters, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. He wouldn’t reveal anything other than the fact they will be “a huge part” of the the movie. If you’re wondering if they will be villains or heroes from the start, Feige said go to the comics for clues.
Speaking on the films new villain, Ultron, Feige was asked if the fact Hank Pym won’t be included means that Tony Stark is the one that creates the villainous A.I. He dances around it, but it sounds like we can expect Stark to do the deed:
We are adapting his origins from the comics, and in the comics it was Hank Pym. Hank Pym is not in Age of Ultron, so we are tweaking it. We do think there’s another character we have that is quite good with AI, so smart people can make assumption which I can not confirm or deny (He smiles while saying this).
The only other viable candidate for the creator of Ultron would be Dr. Bruce Banner. While he’s unlikely to be the culprit, he will get a much larger role in Age of Ultron. After confirming that they never really negotiated with Edward Norton to return for the first Avengers, Feige revealed Mark Ruffalo will have a larger role in the sequel and then maybe he’ll get his own solo outing:
We have been discussing after Avengers what that would be, what that would look like. It’s really Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Bruce Banner, in the way Joss Whedon brought him to life in Avengers that worked. It’s even why you ask me that question. Which is good, we wanted that to happen, we wanted people to come out of Avengers saying The Hulk was their favorite character or at least on of their favorites. The fact that it did happen, was awesome. So, you know, all of the effort related to Hulk right know is going into Age of Ultron. It’s exciting, because he hasn’t been in any other film, so you can expect to have a lot of Bruce Banner and Hulk in Age of Ultron. Where we go after that ? We’ll see. It will be a little while before we figure that out but, we do think there’s plenty of opportunities with the Ruffalo Banner.
We’ll close out the Avengers section with an interesting quote from Feige when asked about the cast for The Avengers sequel. While taking part in a German video Q&A, he seemed to hint that we might be seeing a few more heroes besides Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Here’s what he said after he revealed that the film would be much more global, filming on a number of different continents (though he didn’t want to say which ones just yet):
Well, you’ll see all of the returning Avengers. The entire cast is coming back in Age of Ultron and there will be some new characters. Most of them are secret, but in the title, Ultron is the new villain. We’ve already announced that James Spader, an amazing actor, will bring Ultron to life.
Maybe they’ll be taking a trip to Wakanda? In that same interview Feige revealed he gets every Marvel comic published every month. Some he reads because he loves them, others he reads to pull ideas from. That’s a pretty awesome job perk.
Moving on to another highly anticipated film, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Marvel mastermind talked about the importance of Rocket Raccoon (via /Film):
Rocket is the linchpin to [The Guardians Universe]. And what’s important is that he feel like a real character, just like it was important for Gollum to feel like a real character, or Caesar to feel like a real character, or Hulk to feel like a real character. On that level it’s not just the animation that is being worked on. It’s the way James [Gunn] has written the character and the way Bradley Cooper is performing the character — to hopefully make him feel as real as possible.
In an interview with Clevver Movies, Feige reiterated that they are looking at some possible solo female led superhero films, but right now they’re just focusing on making the females they already have in their movies strong characters. He mentions that Black Widow and Captain Marvel would be good contenders for their own films. You can see the full interview below, but he talked about ol’ Vin Diesel again. He said that Marvel likes to wait until all the “T’s” are crossed and the “I’s” dotted, but Vin doesn’t like to do that, which you can tell he’s not happy about. Speaking of casting, he said we may hear who will play Ant-Man by the end of the year.
And we’ll end things with some Thor: The Dark World tidbits. It’s only appropriate since it’s the reason we’re getting all this news as of late. Chris Hemsworth talked to MTV about getting shirtless for the film and how he was reluctant to do it. He explains that Joss Whedon told him to strip down for one scene in particular, but he had to be talked into it.
And here’s one of the final featurettes released for The Dark World. It explores the Thor/Jane Foster relationship. While Jane may be the girl for Thor right now, Sif is still holding out hope. Below the final featurette you can see Jamie Alexander talk about being potential love interest for Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor. She also teases that we will be seeing Sif again, though she couldn’t say when. Is she getting her own Marvel short? Could she pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy? We’ll have to wait and find out.