Having had the amazing opportunity at exclusive sit down interviews with Avengers: Age of Ultron talent from Chris Evans (Captain America) & Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) & Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver) and even director & writer of the Avenger movies, Joss Whedom. You wouldn’t think that Marvel’s Universe’s doors would open and give you the opportunity to exclusively speak to the key master of its universe? Yes, I am talking about Kevin Feige! That’s exactly what happened at the #AvengersEvent press junket! Today, I want to share with you our Exclusive Interview with Kevin Feige About Avengers: Age of Ultron.
On the end-credit scene:
The first question went directly into why there is no end-credit scene? and what’s the story behind that?
Kevin Feige said the following about that: “Well, why is there no end-credit scene? Well, there’s a mid-credit scene, as we call it, and we’ve always really said if there’s not a fast and hard rule that there must be something after the credits, and Joss was a firm believer that we shouldn’t do something that seeming like we were aping the Shwarma scene at the end of it and that is his version of the story really culminates where it does at the end of the film and with the mid-credits. And everything we were thinking of just felt like an add-on that wasn’t worth doing. But that’s one of the reasons why he wanted to get it out there so people didn’t sit there for seven minutes and go, what?”
On the Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, TV series and plot continuations:
Question: Without the movies and Marvel’s Shield Television series and everything, how many people are on the team that keeps everything straight?
Kevin Feige: “There’s a television division; there’s a studio division and there’s a solid brain trust of seven or eight of us at the studio that oversee each of the films. And then beyond that, of course, dozens and then hundreds, and then thousands, eventually, on each production.”
Question: In the movie, the team is very cohesive. They’re even doing combos and things like that with their abilities. How many years in-between, because they were all kind of fractured at the end of the different other movies, and now they’re back together. What is the time frame there?
Kevin Feige: “I’m not sure we ever directly say it, but we always sorta thought it. It’s between six months to a year after, probably a good year, after the events of The Winter Soldier. The Shield has been brought down at the end of The Winter Soldier after revealing that Hydra had been growing within it, and that there’s a lot of fallout. Some of that is on the television series and some of that we see at the very beginning of this movie that scepter- Loki’s which if you look at the end of the first Avengers movie, the last time you see it, Black Widow is holding it in the shadow of all the Avengers as they’re finally taking down Loki. Our backstories clearly that went into a Shield- secure Shield,or vault somewhere, but of course, Shield was not secure, and it ended up in the hands of Strucker at the beginning of this film.”
Question: Are we gonna see Spiderman make an appearance in the Captain America Civil War movie?
Kevin Feige: “Well, you see, you’ve heard the announcements. We’ve teamed up with Sony to bring Spidey into our universe and doing a new Spidey film in 2017, but I think we’re being less than specific about where we’ll see him first.
Question: In general, sometimes people dread spinoffs and sequels, but how does it feel to actually have a fan base that can’t wait for the next release from the studio?
Kevin Feige: “Well, it feels great, obviously! Well, at Marvel, their big story is about everyone that go back, you know, fifty years and through hundreds of comic issues. So for us, it’s all just exciting! What’s really exciting is that the comic fan base is the solid foundation of everything we do, but now it’s increased dramatically with the film base and with the film fans and it gives us a certain amount of pressure and sleepless nights to deliver on expectations each time, but it’s also knowing that people are so excited for what’s next. And we often have to go, never mind what’s next, take a look at this because we do want each of the films and Age of Ultron’s our eleventh from the Marvel Cinematic Universe film. We want each of them to stand alone whether you’ve seen the other ten films or not. We believe each film works as a beginning, middle, end into and unto itself. And we worked very hard to do that. All we’re interested in is making one singular great movie at a time.”
Question: “Do you have somebody in the Marvel Universe that you really wanna bring into the stories or anything that you haven’t yet?”
Kevin Feige: “Characters? Well, I used to say Guardians of the Galaxy to that question. I used to say vision to that question; I used to say Falcon; I used to say Doctor Strange a lot and, obviously, we’re deep into that with Benedict Cumberbatch now. We start filming in November. So, it’s really been amazing. Now, it does come down to very individual and specific characters, but if I say too many of them, it’ll give away exactly what we’re doing with Guardians 2 or with the future ones. It is not a testament to the Marvel comics and how deep its bench is that there’s still hundreds of great characters that we haven’t even touched yet.”
Question: “What was it like to bring in Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into this movie?”
Kevin Feige: “It was great. I mean, they’re key Avengers characters in the books. They have a great backstory that we really wanted to explore; and they have a great relationship, the two of them, that we really wanted to explore together, and it was one of Joss’s very first notions- probably second notion after Ultron to bring them in, who have a very different viewpoint of the Avengers and who come into the team from a very different angle than any of the other characters.
The other characters were sort of assembled together by Nick Fury in the first movie and Thor obviously came into the mix because of the presence of Loki and now having characters come in from a totally different side- which is also a very Marvel thing to do. There are a lot of Marvel characters who start on the other side of a disagreement, or the other side of an argument or the other side of the law that through a great Marvel redemptive arc become heroes. And, and we wanted to do that in an Avengers movie.”
Question: Did you read a lot of the Marvel comics as a kid, and did you have a favorite character when you were little?
Kevin Feige: “I was more into movies as a kid. I had a lot of favorite movies. I remember a story in particular when I was in the backyard with a bunch of friends of mine when we were, I don’t know, say eight years old- ten years old. And we were playing super heroes and somebody had chosen Batman, somebody had chosen Superman, and somebody had chosen Spiderman and I remember going, well, I’ll be Iron Man. I’ll play Iron Man because I’d seen him in the reruns of the old ’60s cartoon.
And some kids didn’t even know who he was. I was like, he’s cool. He’s Iron Man. Trust me. So that was it, it was fun bringing him to life after some kids didn’t hear of him when I chose him in the backyard thirty-two years ago. Yeah, yeah, cool. All right, that was fast.”
What an amazing opportunity to hear from the man himself, so many new project that are currently being worked on and other that are coming down the pipeline. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will continue to grow and personally, I cannot wait for the next movies. Remember to come back tomorrow where I will be sharing my Avengers: Age of Ultron movie review.
Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be in theaters May 1, 2015. Starting Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. For more information please visit the Avengers Facebook page.
Avengers: Age of Ultron – Trailer #3
Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.
Disclosure: I was provided with an all expense paid trip to L.A to facilitate the review of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, no additional compensation was received.