It’s time for our semi-weekly feature, “What’s Kevin Feige Talking About Today?” The popular and successful Marvel Studios chief is at the top of the film world right now with the continuing success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and building hype for the next two films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. So what is Feige talking about today? Well hold on to your butts because he’s got a couple of big insights into two upcoming Marvel projects, as well as some pretty decisive words regarding a certain release date two years hence.
In the latest issue of Empire, Feige dropped a few bombs. First of all is some news regarding Thanos, the big purple man who was the instigator of the events of the first Avengers. Feige confirmed for the magazine that yes, Thanos is in Guardians of the Galaxy, and yes “There is an actor. I’m not sure we want to announce it yet.”
Say whaaaaaaaat? They’ve hired an actor to play Thanos? I take it it’s not Damion Poitier, who played the character for that one, fleeting creepy smile in The Avengers, that would be anti-climactic. My guess is it’s someone big and they want that reveal to be a big surprise in Guardians. On the other hand, what’s the plan for Thanos after Guardians? Age of Ultron already seems kind of full, so when might the Mad Titan appear next in a Marvel movie? Because I highly doubt he’ll pop up in the next movie Feige talked about…
That brings us to Ant-Man, the long in the works Edgar Wright movie about the hero who can shrink to the size of an ant. Since the movie’s been so long in the works, and because Marvel Studios has been so excited about Wright’s vision for the film, Feige revealed that those ideas have shaped some of the other decisions they’ve made about the rest of the films from the MCU:
“It was two things – a story Edgar wanted to tell that we’ll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we’re 11 films in, it’s looking at the characters we’ve already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do…certain things [laughs].
“We changed, frankly, some of the MCU to accommodate this version of ‘Ant-Man.’ Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with ‘Ant-Man,’ going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for ‘Avengers’ the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the ‘Ant-Man’ story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to ‘Avengers.’ “
“Certain things?” That’s an interesting slip. Certainly Pym has been hinted at before in a Marvel movie, Erik Selvig’s line in the first Thor about having a friend who could help in dealings with S.H.I.E.L.D. was a reference to Pym. But could Feige be referring to something more than that? In the comics, Pym was the creator of Ultron and Vision, so might it be his work that drives the Avengers into their second mission? That would be a neat tie-in, as it sounds like it’s Rudd’s character that the majority of the Ant-Man movie will focus on.
“Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”
In business news though, Feige addressed the small matter of May 6, 2016. Earlier this week, Disney CEO Alan Horn told a Variety reporter that he was struggling with the idea that Captain America 3 and Batman Vs Superman (official title TBD) were opening on the same weekend. Feige, for his part, is staying the course using the age old legal precedent of “dibs.”
“We had the flag there first. What other people do and where has always been less of our concern. It’s about keeping our head down and doing what we would believe would be cool for an audience to see.”
Be sure to come back again next week for another edition of “What’s Kevin Feige Talking About Today?”
Source: Screen Rant