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Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige can’t stop talking, and that’s a good thing because we’ve got a lot of mega-pixels of space to fill. But joking aside, Feige’s just doing his job and chatting up the press on the occasion of the release of Iron Man 3 today.

There are some pretty big questions out there, and first and foremost is whether or not there will be a future for Tony Stark post-IM3, and whether or not Robert Downy, Jr will be involved. In a new interview with Superhero Hype, that’s the first thing that Feige addressed:

Currently, as you may imagine, Iron Man is a big part of “Avengers 2” and that’s what we’re focusing on and what Joss (Whedon) is focusing on. So where we go after that remains to be seen, but certainly, “Avengers 2” being the next appearance, the next storyline for Iron Man. Do I think there will be another Iron Man movie? Of course I do. Who will be in that movie and who will be a part of that movie? Who knows? And how far down the line will it be? Will it be right after “Avengers 2,” will it be a few years after “Avengers 2”? Who knows? For as advanced as we are in terms of the advanced planning that we do, we’re already looking out to 2015, 2016 and that’s further than most people look out. Beyond that, we’re still not sure.”

Next, Feige talked about why he’s so driven to give Ant Man his big screen debut:

“Well, it’s for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is because I met a very talented filmmaker who was about my age almost ten years ago, we got along very well. He had a movie called “Shaun of the Dead” which hadn’t come out yet and he said he really wanted to meet to talk about “Ant-Man”… and this was even before we were on the studio. This was just at the dawn of us even discussing becoming our own studio. But we met with him, he had a cool idea and when we became our own studio, we hired him and Joe Cornish, who as you know, went on to do “Attack the Block” and become a very talented filmmaker in his own right. At the time he hadn’t done much at all but we really believed in him and we believed in Edgar [Wright] and they delivered a draft that was sort of unlike anything we’d done before that was sort of wholly Edgar and wholly Marvel and a very fun spin on the Ant-Man mythology. And if you’ve seen the in-progress test we showed at Comic-Con last year and there’s been some clips of it we’ve released. People go like, “Ant-Man, is that a joke? What happens? He talks to ants?” And Edgar and his team put together this test of basically just Ant-Man going down the hallway and it is so kick-ass and so bad-ass, people instantly go, “Oh, I get it! Now we see what it can be.” And that of course is only 1% of what the movie is, but it’s certainly enough to get people to realize, ‘Oh, that’s why you’ve been thinking about this for so long.'”

And finally, somewhat off topic, Feige responded to a question about whether or not the development of new Star Wars at Disney is going to impact Marvel’s production slate:

“Well, we’ll see. We’re definitely doing our own thing and that’s what’s been so great about the relationship with Disney. As they said, ‘We’re purchasing Marvel because we like what you’re doing.’ Keep doing it. And that’s been three years now and that’s certainly what they’ve allowed us to do, so I hope that means I can get into an advanced screening of a new ‘Star Wars‘ movie, that’d be fun (laughs) but I don’t know how much more it will effect us than that.”

Well I hope if there’s one perk being one of Disney’s top producers, it’s free Star Wars tickets…

Source: Comic Book Movie

Category: Comics, Film

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