Marvel President Kevin Feige sat down with Entertainment Weekly this week, and gave a huge update on all things Marvel. He mostly talked about Phase Two, and discussed Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. EW were also given exclusive new images and concept art from most of Marvel’s upcoming films, some of which you will find below.
However, Feige also looked way into the future and spoke about the first solo film that will follow The Avengers 2, Edgar Wright’s long gestating Ant-Man. The film is set to be released on November 6th 2015, but the actual story was written eight years ago. Naturally with how the Marvel universe has blossomed over the years, Ant-Man is now in need of a slight rewrite to bring it in-line with the rest of the Marvel camp:
“Frankly, now we have to re-write it to put it a little bit more into the [Marvel Cinematic Universe] because it was written before it existed,” Feige told EW. Director and writer of Ant-Man, Edgar Wright, is currently putting the finishing touches on his new film, The World’s End, but according to Feige work begins of getting Ant-Man made very soon:
“We’ve talked about various names over the past eight years but as you can imagine they keep changing as time goes by. But towards the end of this year, we’ll buckle down and start casting and start refining the script, which is great and which is very Edgar. He has done a great job being incredibly true to the comics, but is putting his own spin on it. So we’ll be drawing on multiple mythologies for this one.”
Thor: The Dark World
Looking at more imminent Marvel films, Feige must be very happy with the success so far of Iron Man 3, but it is now time to look ahead at the next film to arrive as part of Marvel’s Phase Two, and that film is Thor: The Dark World. With a returning Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, the sequel is directed by Game of Thrones’ Alan Taylor, and we have already had the trailer.
EW were given an exclusive new image, which you can see above, and Feige talked a little about the grittier look of the feel thanks to the new director:
“Alan is bringing a grittier, more visceral, more textured patina to the designs of the worlds, and to Asgard in particular. It’s less to chase eitherGame of Thrones or Lord of the Rings — because you’re not going to catch up. But part of the fun of Thor over the other characters is he doesn’t have to stay on Earth. We visit a few of the other realms in this new movie.”
Thor: The Dark World arrives in UK cinemas on 30th October.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Following Thor: The Dark World will be Captain America: The Winter Soldier on 4th April 2014. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers, and Scarlett Johansson also returns as Natasha Romanoff. We also heard recently that Robert Redford had joined the cast as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.
EW were granted the first ever image of The Winter Soldier of the title, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and Feige had the following to say about the upcoming sequel:
“We weren’t going back to World War 2… Cap cannot travel in time. So while Tony can go home to Malibu and Thor goes up to Asgard and Hulk can sort of ride the rails, Cap was stuck. Just as he’s given permission to let go of the past and to focus on the modern world… a ghost comes up.”
Guardians of the Galaxy
Finally Feige spoke of James Gunn’s kinda oddball Marvel flick, Guardians of the Galaxy. This is the film which has a lot of people intrigued because the galactic heroes include a talking Raccoon and a Tree. Feige has said time and again how Gunn (Slither, Super) has something very special up his sleeve for this high concept superhero film, and rumours are saying this just might be the best Marvel film in Phase Two’s stand-alone films.
EW again got an exclusive look at a new piece of concept art for the film, which you can see above.
Due for release on 1st August 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy will be the final film in Phase Two before The Avengers 2 is released, and already it is gathering an impressive cast. Zoe Saldana, Lee Pace, Chris Pratt, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista and Ophelia Lovibond are all onboard, and Feige described just how he believes the film will connect with fans:
“It’s a huge story on a massive canvas,” Feige explained. “We can take it to all those crazy places as long as all the characters respond in an emotionally truthful way. That’s why I believe people are going to respond to Chris Pratt and to an alien Zoë Saldana—because they did respond to that one time before [with ‘Avatar‘]. And to a tree and a raccoon who, it is certainly our intention, will steal the whole movie.”
“ ‘Guardians’ takes place within the continuity of the [other movies] but it’s on the other side of the universe,” Feige said. “We’ve always wanted to do a space movie. I’m obsessed with ‘Star Wars,’ I’m obsessed with ‘Star Trek.’ ”
Guardians of the Galaxy is a massive idea and a huge step away from the Marvel universe we are all currently enjoying, but Gunn is expected to pull it off. Exciting times indeed then for Marvel fans…