By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
As we head into the end of Marvel Phase 2 with Guardians of the Galaxy, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige was interviewed by Empire and we’ve learned quite a few things about what’s coming up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The big thing is that as rumored, Thanos will be in Guardians of the Galaxy! As to who will be playing him, Feige was a bit more cagey:
There is an actor. I’m not sure we want to announce it yet. – Kevin Feige (Empire via ComicBookMovie)
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if that actor is none other than Vin Diesel, who’s already on board as Groot in the Guardians film. He definitely has the voice and physique for it, although we still don’t know how much of Thanos we’ll see, or if he’ll be all CGI or not.
Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, Feige also reiterated that this film will be the most far removed of all the MCU films to date, though it will lead into Avengers 3:
Guardians will feel and seem the most separate. But in a summer where people are going to see a lot of sequels, some of which are ours, and a lot of reboots and familiar faces, we were excited about the idea of bringing something new and totally unexpected to the screen. – Feige
I’ve always had the feeling that Marvel is hedging a bet with Guardians as a part of phase 2 to introduce a larger part of the galaxy to the MCU. This is necessary since the Avengers have been on a crash course with Thanos since the end of The Avengers.
While we’re on the topic of the Avengers films, he talked a bit about the twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as part of The Avengers: Age of Ultron:
They’re not very happy with the Avengers. Their powers are not insignificant, and they’re quite different from what the Avengers have faced before… I would say that the Age of Miracles, as Strucker says at the end of that tag [in Captain America: The Winter Soldier is] the key to their origin. – Feige
We know that their origins have been changed since Fox owns the rights to mutant characters, and Quicksilver will be in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, but how they’re introducing these characters is an interesting question. Most people believe that they’ll be part of the Inhumans but I’m starting to suspect there may be an entirely new origin for these characters.
Feige also talked about the long in development Ant-Man movie that Edgar Wright has been attached to since the beginning of Marvel Studios.
It was two things – a story Edgar wanted to tell that we’ll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we’re 11 films in, it’s looking at the characters we’ve already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do…certain things.
We changed, frankly, some of the MCU to accommodate this version of Ant-Man. Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with Ant-Man, going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for Avengers the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the Ant-Man story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to Avengers. – Feige
Here’s my fanboy speculation in full gear as to what this could possibly mean. In the comics, it’s Ant Man who puts the Avengers together and I think that even though Henry Pym doesn’t appear in either The Avengers or the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, I’m going to bet he’s still the one who came up with the idea.
Nick Fury does say, “There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people, so when we needed them, they could fight the battles that we never could” in the first Avengers, but he never says who’s idea it is. Eric Selvig in Thor references Pym as someone who has had previous experience with S.H.I.E.L.D. Could it be that Pym worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. when he developed Pym particles that allowed him to change size, years before Iron Man built his first suit in a cave? I’m betting so.
Remember it was Henry Pym who put the Avengers together and the Ant Man we’re getting is Scott Lang who was the second Ant Man in the comics.
I hope I’m right, because that would be so cool!
Source: Empire via ComicBookMovie