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I’ve been sharing some amazing interviews and there’s still more to come! Today, I’m recapping our awesome interview with Kevin Feige. Kevin is not only the Producer of Captain America: The Winter Solider but he’s also the President of Marvel Studios. I’m so honored to have been able to meet him and get to hear his insights on all things Marvel.
Interview with Producer and President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige
Can you tell us what comes next?
Kevin : Now we’re spending a lot of time now in the cutting room on “Guardians of the Galaxy” which comes out August 1st. We just released the Teaser for it recently. And in about 2 weeks, we start filming “Avengers Age of Ultron” so that’s coming up very fast and that will be the next Movie up in May of 2015. And then in about 10 weeks, we start filming “Ant-Man” with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd and that comes out in July of 2015.
We haven’t announced what comes after that in 2016/2017 but we’re actively working on any number of things and are beginning to hone in on sort of exactly what the Movies will be in ’16 and ’17 but it’s slightly too early to talk about.
What problems did you have on the Big Screen vs. the Comics?
Kevin: Well that was one of the reasons to do it, is that those are two of the reasons to do it. It has never been done before which is, you don’t get a chance very often to do something in this business that’s never been done before, 100 years of Cinema. Um, and now somebody will point out somewhere they’re done it before but your point is taken. And uh that is what the Comics have been It was a shared Universe from its inception essentially in the Comics. And when it was sort of Character by Characters, Studio by Studio, that was impossible but when we became our own Studio and had, got the financing to do that, it was the first idea was make a great Ironman movie and the second idea was wait a minute, we can begin to tie these together.
The biggest challenge is making that continuity and that inter connectivity broaden the Universe, broaden the audience as opposed to make it feel like a Club, making it fold in on itself and say Oh you need to know everything that’s going to — to see any of these Movies. We work very hard to make each of the Movies feel like a stand-alone Movie but at the same time connect in to everything else. And that’s, I wouldn’t say that’s the biggest challenge but that’s been our sort of our Mission Statement and that’s what we try to stick to.
Talk about the controversy around Winter Soldier.
Comic Fans always knew sort of two things in about peak Characters die and come back to life in Comics, in like in Soap Operas, like in any sort of Fiction all the time. But there are two Characters in the Marvel Universe that are never gonna come back to life, Uncle Ben and Bucky Barnes. And about 10 years ago or 12 years ago, a Comic Book Writer, Ed Brubaker went to Publishing. I didn’t have anything to do with it, went to Publishing and said, I have an idea to bring Bucky Barnes back. And I’m sure they’re like what are you talking about? You can’t do that. And they pitched the idea and it was great. And it was the Winter Soldier idea and it was done so well and you’re right, I think Fans went No, you can’t– Oh that’s great, we love that. Um, that we just — we just took the successful blueprint that they had already done and brought it into this Movie.
Talk about the difference in the tone.
Well it was 2 things. I mean one was we always want our Movies to feel differently. We have 2 Movies a year coming out. If they start to feel redundant, they start to feel like Cookie Cutter, you know, off the same Assembly line, people are gonna lose interest. And we will lose interest. I don’t want, I’m not interested in making the same Movie over and over again. So it’s very important to us that we mix them up and that they feel very unique, each of the Films. We had a wonderful opportunity where you have a Character whose origins were in the 1940s. At the end of that Movie, we reveal that he’s now alive in the present day. He’s got a brief adventure in the Avengers Film but doesn’t have a lot of time to think about his current stay where he’s living, he’s got to stop this horrible event from happening.
So now this was the Movie where we got to say OK, here’s Steve in the modern day, let’s do something totally unique and that led us to the notion of doing the Marvel Superhero version of a ’70s Action Movie, a ’70s Political Thriller. He doesn’t fly, and he doesn’t go visit other Planets so that gave us an opportunity to do the kind of Action that we haven’t necessarily done before in our Movies which is a ground base and visceral, you know, car chases and hand to hand combat. What Steve’s Super power is other than sort of his strong moral foundation is he’s a Super Soldier. So you know, we always say take the best Olympian in each Field, add 10%, 20%, and that’s what Steve Rogers can do.
We wanted to showcase him in this Movie. And we wanted to put him up against somebody that is equal to that, which is what the Winter Soldier was in a bad guy. So it really, I’m glad people are responding to how unique the tone of this Movie and how different, not just from the first Captain America Film but from any of our Movies that it has.
Is there any hope to get other Characters with other Studios?
Kevin : No I think we’re all, they’re busy making, SONY’s busy working on Spiderman Movies, Spiderman II is coming out very soon. Fox is working very hard on X-Man and they’ve got an X-Men Movie coming out very soon, and we clearly are spending a lot of time doing our two Movies, two Movies a year. I don’t want to say Never say Never necessarily but I don’t know that that would happen any time soon, and we’re certainly not planning for it. It’s Phase 12.
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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Opens April 4, 2014.