The first press screening for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 finally happened earlier this week, and they were, for the most part, a rave. These are good days to be Marvel Studios, the company seems perpetually able to do no wrong, and they look primed to have a record breaking year with three big movies coming out this year. Perhaps that’s why the studio was cocky enough to have let reporters into their offices this week for an open house and preview upcoming work. And perhaps that’s why the head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, also decided to open himself up to pressing questions.
While talking to the Hollywood Reporter, Feige had a lot of say on a wide variety of subjects…
What’s the deal with Sony’s Spider-Man spinoffs? “We had a very particular plan about Spidey himself,” Feige said. Marvel has no stake in Venom or Silver Sable/Black Cat or any other potential spinoff titles.
So when does the Spider-Man plan run out? After July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, you’ll see Spidey in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers 4, and Homecoming 2 in 2019. After that? “That’s as far as it goes for now,” Feige said.
Can Josh Brolin play Thanos and Cable? “We don’t have anything written into our contracts about other roles that people can do,” Feige said about his Avengers: Infinity War villain appearing alongside the Merc with the Mouth as Cable in Deadpool 2. “Indiana Jones and Han Solo are the same person … it hasn’t been a problem. And I think Thanos and Cable are two very different characters.”
How does he feel about Joss Whedon and Batgirl? “He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him,” said Feige. “And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.”
Any chance of an R-rated Marvel Cinematic Universe flick? Feige said that he thinks the wrong lessons may have been learned from the success of Deadpool and Logan, and that it isn’t about the rating you get from the MPAA. “My takeaway from both of those films is not the R rating; it’s the risk they took, the chances they took, the creative boundaries that they pushed,” explained Feige. “That should be the takeaway for everyone.” That’s a ‘No’ in other words.
Any big plans for James Gunn after Guardians 3? “I think James in particular has an amazing connection with these characters and with this cosmic world. So he, I think, could easily oversee additional stories beyond Vol. 3,” said Feige. “And I think has them and just continues to come up with them, which is cool. All of our core writers and filmmakers know what we are doing in other places and help give input on the various projects.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be in theatres everywhere on May 5.