All hail Feige.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige jumped on Reddit yesterday for an AMA (Ask Me Anything). He answered a handful of questions, and gave some interesting clues to the future of the MCU. Including the fact that one Iron Man villain will be returning to the MCU in some capacity. You can check out the full AMA thread here. But we’ve collected the major details below. Be warned there’s some SPOILERS for Avengers Endgame.
When did the planning begin for Endgame
We started discussing how to adapt the Infinity Gauntlet comic soon after the release of the first Avengers. It was on one of our creative retreats about 5 years ago that we decided to do it as two films. We started to crack the specifics of the story during production on Civil War with Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, Joe and Anthony Russo, in a conference room as we went back and forth between takes.
Was Stan Lee able to see a cut of Endgame
Stan loved to wait to see the final movie at the premiere, so unfortunately he did not get to see the finished movie. Stan got a download of the full story the day he came and shot his cameo.
After 20 years of helping bring Marvel heroes to the screen, even before Iron Man, what are the best aspects to make it work
Respect the source material.
Hire passionate filmmakers regardless of how much money their last movie made.
Hire the best cast regardless of their current marquee value.
What did Mark Ruffalo want for the character of Banner/Hulk
Many years ago, Mark came in for a meeting with us at Marvel Studios to discuss ways in which the Hulk could grow and evolve in upcoming films. He pitched a lot of cool ideas, some of which led to what you saw in Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War and Endgame, and some of which would still be cool to see someday.
What made them choose Favreau for Iron Man
Jon Favreau is one of the best storytellers on the planet, and Elf is a stone cold classic.
Any fears on “comic book fatigue”
Nobody would get fatigued before the creative forces at Marvel Studios who do this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we believe that if we’re still taking risks and making unique choices to keep ourselves excited, the audience will feel the same way.
Who at Marvel gets overlooked
It’s the entire team at Marvel Studios that make these movies what they are, from Louis D’Esposito, Trinh Tran, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Brad Winderbaum, Jonathan Schwartz, Stephen Broussard, Eric Carroll, and many more. I’d also give a shoutout to our editor Jeff Ford.
Is there any comic storyline that is “unfilmable”
Everything is filmable nowadays. It’s about finding the most resonant character stories to bring to the big screen.
Asked if he would ever cameo
I don’t like being on camera, but I did cameo in a deleted scene in the first X-Men as a Weapon X technician. I was completely covered in a hood, mask and goggles.
When asked if people involved in accidents related to the snap were brought back (plan crashes, car wrecks, etc.)
We refer to the version of Hulk in Endgame as Smart Hulk. So, yes.
Why did they start with Iron Man
We thought Tony Stark was a great and unique character for our first film because he was so different from any comic book character that had been brought to the screen before.
“Without going in to details about developing projects, are there any plans to incorporate the Ten Rings from the first Iron Man, or the “real” Mandarin teased in “All Hail the King” in the future?”
Any plans for “forgotten” characters like Leader
I’m not sure I’d call them forgotten characters but I love bringing back characters people think they’ve seen the last of. For example, General Ross and Harley.
(Editor Note:Harley is the kid from Iron Man 3 who appears at Tony’s funeral in Endgame.)
Favorite individual scene from the MCU
There are too many to list, but I will say my entire MCU career was building up to that “on your left” moment in Endgame.
Can we assume Martin Starr is playing the same character in Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man: Homecoming
“How far is the MCU planned in advance?”
We usually work with a specific 5 year plan at any given point but often have a general plan that extends much, much further.
When did he realize the MCU would work beyond Iron Man
Opening weekend of the first Avengers.
“How much will the Disney+ shows weave into the films?”
Totally and completely.
“What casting did you have to fight the hardest for?”
Robert Downey Jr.
Favorite DC Film
Richard Donner’s Superman 1
(Editor’s Note: Feige got his start working as an assistant for Donner alongside DC’s Geoff Johns)