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Kevin Feige Confirms Marvel Phase 4 Is Only 2 Years Long

Kevin Feige confirms Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be only two years long. Back in April, Marvel Studios marked the end of an era with the release of Avengers: Endgame, which was the conclusion of the franchise’s sprawling Infinity Saga that spanned more than a decade. Serving as a last hurrah for the Original Six Avengers, the film wrapped up multiple character arcs and storylines in emotionally satisfying fashion, giving fan-favorites like Iron Man and Captain America terrific sendoffs. But despite Endgame being, well, the end for one chapter of the MCU’s history, everyone knew the franchise would be continuing.

Marvel waited until after Spider-Man: Far From Home finished off Phase 3 to unveil what they have next on the slate. During their hotly anticipated Hall H panel during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel officially revealed the entire Phase 4 lineup. In stark contrast from their initial announcement of Phase 3 (which looked way ahead into the future), Marvel only spotlighted projects that will premiere in 2020 and 2021. As it turns out, that’s not the first wave of Phase 4. That’s all of Phase 4.

Related: Why Marvel Didn’t Announce Plans For 2022 And Beyond At SDCC

In an interview with Collider, Feige stated the announced Comic-Con slate is the full Phase 4. He alluded to Marvel’s 2014 event (where that first Phase 3 slate was confirmed) to illustrate how things can change when there are so many things in development. It appears that influenced Marvel’s decision to publicly reveal only the next two years.

“It is the complete Phase Four. The way I announced the complete Phase Three five years ago—things can move, things can change as they did if you go back and look at what we talked about five years ago for Phase Three, but we’ve been working on this for quite a while and it’s pretty set. But there are always changes possible.”

Even though Phase 4 is going to run one year shorter than Phase 3 (which began in 2016 with Captain America: Civil War), there will still be plenty of MCU content for fans to obsess over. At Comic-Con, Marvel announced five new feature films and five streaming shows for the upcoming Disney+ platform, making an even 10 projects in Phase 4. For the first time, Marvel’s TV shows are going to officially be considered part of the Phases (something Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the now defunct Netflix series never were), which isn’t the most surprising development. Prior to Comic-Con, it had been confirmed the Disney+ shows would intersect with the movies. At the panel, fans got a taste of how that’ll happen, when it was confirmed WandaVision ties into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Elizabeth Olsen playing Scarlet Witch in both. Clearly, Disney is interested in pushing Disney+ subscriptions, and having Marvel Phase 4 projects as part of the content will increase demand.

At Comic-Con, Marvel confirmed they have several other films in development, including Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and a surprise Blade movie starring Mahershala Ali. In all likelihood, these will be the earliest Phase 5 projects, as Marvel has three 2022 release dates set aside for mystery films. If this is their new strategy, Phase 5 theoretically would run from 2022-2023, possibly culminating in a crossover movie featuring a new team of Avengers. All of the Phase 4 movies appear to be fairly standalone on-paper (though there will be connections), and for the first time there’s no major Avengers style film the phase is building up to. Marvel seems to be taking their time before uniting a new age of Earth’s Mightiest again.

More: Did Marvel Secretly Announce Phase 5 Movies At SDCC?

Source: Collider


2019-07-21 02:07:23

Chris Agar

Disney Won’t Change Deadpool, Says Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says the Deadpool movies won’t change, now that Disney owns the X-Men rights. The Mouse House finalized its purchase of Fox’s assets last month, giving it full control over their IPs like Avatar, Alien, and The Simpsons, to name but a few. It also gave Disney the rights to both the Fantastic Four and X-Men films, which includes the Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool and its sequel (not to mention, the PG-13 Once Upon a Deadpool cut). Of course, this begs the question: what comes next for The Merc With a Mouth and his pals?

In the past, Disney CEO Bob Iger has indicated that the studio will be pretty hands-off when it comes to the Deadpool franchise, given its current success. The Mouse House even plans to release more R-rated Deadpool movies in the future, though probably separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the time being (lest it lose its family-friendly, PG-13 brand). Feige, for his part, seems to be on the same page with Iger, as far as Marvel Studios’ plans for the Deadpool property and its potential spinoffs (like X-Force) are concerned.

Related: Here’s Everything That Disney Now Owns From Fox

Speaking to Variety, Feige touched briefly on Marvel Studios’ plans for the Deadpool franchise. As he put it:

“When we were purchased, Bob [Iger] said to us, ‘if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. There’s no question that Deadpool is working, so why would we change it?”

Reading between the lines, it seems the tentative plan is for the Deadpool movies to carry on business as usual, post Disney-Fox deal. They might not be included in the MCU anytime soon (something Feige also hinted at during his Variety interview), but that could honestly be for the best. Arguably, a big part of the reason that Reynolds’ take on The Merc With a Mouth has worked is because he’s been free to play in his own version of the X-Men universe, untethered to the continuity of the mainline films. With the X-Men expected to be rebooted for the MCU after Dark Phoenix hit theaters in June, the Fox era of the franchise is about to come to an end anyway – so why start pretending that Deadpool is really all that connected to his mutant peers (and, in turn, due for a similar makeover for the MCU) now?

If there’s a downside to this, however, it’s that Deadpool is unlikely to share the screen with the superheroes of the MCU in the immediate future. As much as fans would want to see Wade Wilson hang out with Peter Parker in New York or show up at the Avengers’ headquarters, that’s not going to happen until his movies suddenly become PG-13 rated or Marvel Studios start making R-rated MCU films in general. Still, who knows: Once Upon a Deadpool suggested that Reynolds’ version of the character could ultimately work in a PG-13 world without completing sacrificing his “edgier” qualities, so a compromise might be in order to make an MCU crossover possible. If not, then at least Wade can still crack wise about Mickey Mouse keeping him on a long leash in Deadpool 3.

NEXT: Every Fox Movie Disney is Still Going to Release

Source: Variety


2019-04-17 10:04:15

Sandy Schaefer

Kevin Feige Sees Great Potential for The Skrulls in The MCU’s Future

Warning! SPOILERS for Captain Marvel

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige teases the Skrulls future in the MCU after their official debut in Captain Marvel. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, Captain Marvel introduces the franchise’s first headlining female superhero, but it also serves as the proper entry of the shape-shifting extraterrestrials to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And now that they’re finally here, fans are expecting to see them again moving forward.

Set in 1995, Captain Marvel follows Carol Danvers’ story as she comes back to her home planet after having been brainwashed and programmed to be a Kree warrior member of the Starforce. At that time, Earth is caught in the middle of the ongoing brutal war between the Kree and the Skrulls. The Skrulls are positioned to be the movie’s primary antagonist, supposedly using their unique ability to infiltrate and eventually take over the world with Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) as their leader. But as it turns out, they were only trying to retrieve a piece of technology that would help them find their own settlement away from the abusive Kree Empire.

Related: Captain Marvel Review: A Marvelous, Empowering MCU Origin Story

By the end of the film, Danvers has fully switched sides, helping the Skrulls with their endeavor and battling her old allies in Yon Rogg (Jude Law) and the rest of Starforce. She leaves Earth to accompany Talos and his people find a brand new home. It’s unknown whether or not the Skrulls were able to get their own planet, but Feige teases that (unsurprisingly) Captain Marvel will not be the last time fans will see the Skrulls in the MCU, saying in a recent interview with ComicBook.com:

“Just like not all humans are bad, and not all humans are good, I think Skrulls probably have a variety of moralities amongst them. When they can do what they can do, it probably gets very tempting. So, it’s fun to have introduced this concept and see where it goes.

“As we saw in the tag, she’s [Captain Marvel] with us now in the present day. But those intervening years between her soaring off with Talos and answering Fury’s call, we think is ripe with potential for storytelling.”

Many took the Skrulls arrival in the MCU as laying the groundwork for a potential Secret Invasion big screen adaptation. The trailers for Captain Marvel painted them in a bad light and that made for an effectively executed plot twist in the movie. But now that people know that they’re not all that bad, it’s curious how Feige and his team are planning to incorporate them in future films. Considering how they’re tightly linked to Danvers (at least Talos’ and his people), they could factor again in her future solo adventures after she joins the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame.

Despite establishing that Skrulls aren’t evil in one film, that’s not to say that they can’t be villains in future MCU movies. As Feige pointed out, they “have a variety of moralities amongst them.” It’s safe to say that Captain Marvel only introduced a fraction of their race, and surely there’s more of them scattered in the galaxy – as briefly mentioned by Talos. Perhaps, some of them have even made their way to Earth. Hopefully, those who did are peace-seeking ones like Talos and his people, but for the sake of storytelling, there’s always the possibility that those roaming around the world are as ruthless as they were initially portrayed to be.

More: Captain Marvel’s 10 Biggest Spoilers

Source: ComicBook.com


2019-03-09 09:03:21

Ana Dumaraog

Kevin Feige Defends The MCU’s Biggest Captain Marvel Plot Hole

This post contains SPOILERS for Captain Marvel

Kevin Feige provides an explanation for why Nick Fury didn’t call Captain Marvel prior to the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Audiences are formally introduced to Carol Danvers this weekend with the release of the solo Captain Marvel film, but the character was initially teased during Infinity War’s post-credits stinger. As Earth continued to be ravaged by the effects of The Decimation, Fury pulled out an old pager, which worked as a signal to summon Captain Marvel.

The scene was Marvel’s way of telling viewers Danvers would have an integral role to play in the fight against Thanos, helping turn the tide against the Mad Titan. While that was an exciting thing to contemplate, it did raise a rather curious question. If Fury’s had that pager since 1995, why hadn’t he contacted Captain Marvel before? Infinity War was hardly the first time Earth faced some sort of incredible threat in the MCU timeline, and someone with Carol’s abilities would definitely have been of help. Now, Feige offers his reasoning behind it.

Related: How Captain Marvel Connects To Avengers: Endgame

In an interview with /Film, Feige was asked point-blank about the pager issue. Citing a scene towards the end of Captain Marvel, Feige did the best he could to clear up the perceived plot hole using in-universe logic:

“Well, I’d say two things. One, she does say it’s gotta be a real emergency, right? Yeah… The other thing I’d say is how do you know he never hit it? How do we know he never pushed it before? We’ve never seen him push it before. That doesn’t mean he never did.”

Before Carol left to embark on her mission to help the Skrulls find a new home, she gave Fury stern orders that the pager was for emergency use only. It’s highly possible that Fury simply felt Loki’s Chitauri attack on New York, the emergence of Ultron, or any of the other problems Earth’s Mightiest have dealt with weren’t severe enough to call upon Captain Marvel. After all, there was an entire team of heroes assembled to deal with those incidents and Fury needed to know the Avenger Initiative could work. He knew S.H.I.E.L.D. couldn’t constantly rely on Captain Marvel as a “get out of jail free card,” especially since Carol had other responsibilities to take care of. She may not always be available, so Fury decided to put the planet’s fate in the hands of Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor until the worst happened.

Obviously, what took place at the end of Infinity War is a completely different scenario. The Avengers suffered their first real loss, with Thanos collecting all six Infinity Stones and wiping out half of the universe’s population. The surviving heroes are essentially in a catatonic state, unsure of what their next move should be. Clearly, that’s a sizable enough emergency for Fury to reach out to an old friend and hope she returns. Thanos’ snap didn’t just impact Earth, it impacted all planets with living creatures. No matter where Captain Marvel was at the time Fury sent out the signal, she was likely witnessing the effects of The Decimation. It’ll be interesting to see how she factors into Avengers: Endgame, but at least she’s back to provide whatever help she can.

More: Captain Marvel’s End Credit Scenes Explained

Source: /Film


2019-03-08 03:03:45

Chris Agar

Captain Marvel’s Original Role in Avengers: Age of Ultron (That Kevin Feige Hated)

Joss Whedon intended to introduce Captain Marvel years ago, in Avengers: Age of Ultron – but Kevin Feige had other ideas. Starring Brie Larson as the titular hero, Captain Marvel is the MCU’s first female-led solo superhero film. So far, it looks set to be another blockbuster hit; IMAX presales are tracking ahead of Wonder Woman or Thor: Ragnarok.

Fans really began asking for a female superhero movie back in 2012, in the aftermath of The Avengers. Marvel took notice, and a number of names were tossed out in interviews at the time; Black Widow, Peggy Carter, Pepper Potts – and Captain Marvel. Kevin Feige favored doing an origin story, and so attention shifted on to Carol Danvers. In October 2014, Marvel finally confirmed that Captain Marvel would be part of the Phase 3 slate.

Related: How & Why Marvel’s Phase 3 Slate Changed So Much

The only question was just how Marvel should introduce her, and rumors began to circulate that Captain Marvel would actually make her debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Surprisingly, Kevin Feige admitted these rumors were actually based on early drafts of the script; as he explained in an interview with Birth.Movies.Death, Joss Whedon had been keen to introduce Carol Danvers.

“[Captain Marvel] was in a draft. But to me, it would have done that character a disservice, to meet her fully formed, in a costume and part of the Avengers already when 99% of the audience would go, ‘Who is that?’ It’s just not the way we’ve done it before… The way we reveal Scarlet Witch [in costume] at the end of the movie? Those were Captain Marvel plate shots. Joss said, ‘We’ll cast her later!’ And I said, ‘Yeah Joss, we’ll cast her later.’ [Whispers to an invisible associate who isn’t Joss] ‘We’re not putting her in there!’

Finally Joss was like ‘Let’s use those plates to let Scarlet Witch fly into frame, give her a big entrance?’ And that makes sense – she’s come to their side, and she deserves the cool intro, which will feed into another movie we start shooting in a few weeks.”

In Feige’s view, Captain Marvel was a title character who deserved better than to be randomly tossed in at the end of a movie. He compared Whedon’s idea with the introduction of Thanos; the Mad Titan was introduced in such a way as to clearly be a villain, setting up a major storyline. In contrast, this cameo would have felt utterly random, with viewers not having a clue who this new character was. So the FX plates were ultimately used to introduce Scarlet Witch instead. That fitted perfectly with Wanda’s character arc; by the end of the film she’d chosen to step out and battle Ultron alongside the Avengers, proving herself a worthy member of the team. What’s more, the flight scene subtly expanded Scarlet Witch’s powerset, setting her up for Captain America: Civil War and even Avengers: Infinity War.

Curiously, though, one aspect of Whedon’s idea has remained. He clearly imagined a scenario where Carol Danvers was already an established superhero in the MCU, albeit one who’d never been seen or acknowledged by the films before. In just the same way, Captain Marvel is set in 1995, essentially serving as a backdoor prequel to the entire MCU. That means Carol Danvers will have been serving as a superhero for decades before she teams up with the Avengers in battle against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame.

It’s fascinating to imagine how differently the MCU would have played out had Whedon gotten his way. Carol Danvers would have been part of both Captain America: Civil War, where she’d presumably have picked a side. Perhaps she’d have chosen Team Cap, with her phenomenal power-levels matched against Vision’s. Whatever decision she’d have made, though, Captain Marvel would surely have been on hand to battle Thanos when his forces invaded Earth in Avengers: Infinity War – but it’s impossible to say how things would have turned out.

More: Guardians of the Galaxy Comic Introduced Skrulls In The MCU Before Captain Marvel



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2019-03-02 01:03:11

Kevin Feige Says Black Widow Movie Will NOT Be R-Rated

Kevin Feige debunks rumors suggesting the Black Widow solo movie would be R-rated. Nearly a decade after her introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Natasha Romanoff is finally going to be the subject of her own standalone vehicle. Marvel Studios started to make progress on the film last year, hiring Cate Shortland to direct and more recently bringing in Ned Benson to handle script rewrites. Though Black Widow has not been officially dated on the MCU’s post-Endgame slate, it’s expected to begin shooting this summer ahead of a tentative 2020 premiere.

Last month, an interesting report came out indicating Marvel was contemplating making Black Widow their first R-rated production. Since its genesis with the original Iron Man, all of the MCU installments have been PG-13, and judging by the $17 billion collective worldwide gross, that’s a formula that works. However, films like Deadpool and Logan proved there was an audience for more adult-orientated material, so it wasn’t surprising to hear Marvel was at least considering it. However, this bit of speculation can now firmly be debunked.

Related: Captain Marvel Could Have Some Big Black Widow Connections

In an interview with Comic Book, Feige was asked about the possibility Black Widow is made for an R rating. The Marvel boss said that was never in the cards:

“It never was going to be. Somebody writes, ‘I hear it’s R-rated!’ And then everybody writes it up.”

Given Black Widow’s dark backstory and history with espionage, it wouldn’t be farfetched for her to headline an R-rated movie that takes a hard-hitting approach to its narrative and themes. That being said, there’s no need for Marvel to take things that extreme here. In the past, some comic book movies (like The Dark Knight) toed the boundaries of what’s acceptable within the PG-13 rating and turned out fine from an artistic perspective. If Black Widow is tonally similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, that would probably please many fans. Additionally, there are other factors to keep in mind. An R-rating limits Black Widow’s target audience, and Marvel surely has a plethora of tie-in merchandise (including toys) they’d want to sell as part of the marketing campaign.

This doesn’t mean there will never be an R-rated film in the MCU, but it’s clearly not something Feige is seriously considering at this point in time. Even though Disney is about to finalize their acquisition of Fox (and the X-Men characters that come with it), Bob Iger has stated future R-rated Deadpool movies may be separate from the MCU in order to avoid confusing viewers. As stated above, there isn’t a clear incentive for the MCU to go all-in on an R-rating, as they’re currently in the midst of an unprecedented hot streak of critically acclaimed blockbusters. Black Widow is a character that’s thrived and became a fan-favorite within the confines of PG-13, so Shortland and crew should be able to deliver something compelling with their project.

More: Every Phase 4 MCU Film In Development

Source: Comic Book



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2019-02-22 01:02:59