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05.06.2016
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President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige is celebrating yet another win with CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, and he recently sat down for a lengthy interview with Deadline in order discuss Marvel's latest film, Spider-Man, Robert Downey Jr., diversity, and much more. It's no secret that Tom Holland's Spider-Man is one of the stand-out characters of CIVIL WAR, but it was a long road to get the character back under the creative control of Marvel. Feige said that things finally began to progress when he had lunch with Sony's Amy Pascal and suggested that they allow Marvel to creatively produce the film for them.

I said the only way, the best way that we could help is if you let us do it for you. It stays a Sony character and Sony pays for it and Sony makes the profits from the film and it is marketed and distributed by the entire Sony team. That deal was agreed to, over many discussions. Thankfully, it’s now been well over a year and step one in our two-step plan is unveiled this weekend. So far, the response has been a dream come true in introducing him. Instead of it being the third reboot of the Spider-Man character, it becomes the first version of the Spider-Man character that we reveal has been inside the MCU. To Amy’s credit and to Tom Rothman, who now has been at the helm at Sony as we’ve been actively putting it all together, their support has been spectacular in allowing us to bring him into this world.

On Spider-Man acting as a counterpoint to the other Marvel heroes:

His presence in Civil War was meant to be the counterpoint. The other heroes have a lot of history together. They have a lot of angst, they have a lot of geopolitical issues that they’re dealing with, and it’s heavy. This kid basically feels like he hit the jackpot. The most famous man in the world, Tony Stark, asks him to go to Germany and participate with the Avengers and he loves every minute of it. That’s fun. That’s who Spider-Man is, and we can and will do much more of this in Spider-Man: Homecoming. You saw it in the comics; he constantly talks. In Civil War he goes up against Falcon and at one point Falcon says, “I don’t know if you’ve been in a fight before, but there’s usually not this much talking.” That’s Spider-Man to us. That’s what we love. Tom Holland, God bless him, is that in real life. This amazing young English actor who was brought over here, got into our audition process and suddenly found himself in a room, doing a scene with Robert Downey. I swear it, the exact dynamic that we wanted between Peter Parker and Tony Stark, we had between Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr.

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On the Tilda Swinton/The Ancient One casting controversy and bringing more diversity to the MCU:

The casting of The Ancient One was a major topic of conversation in the development and the creative process of the story. We didn’t want to play into any of the stereotypes found in the comic books, some of which go back as far as 50 years or more. We felt the idea of gender swapping the role of The Ancient One was exciting. It opened up possibilities, it was a fresh way into this old and very typical storyline. Why not make the wisest bestower of knowledge in the universe to our heroes in the particular film a woman instead of a man? We made changes to some of the other key character in the comic for similar reasons.

We cast Tilda out of a desire to subvert stereotypes, not feed into them. I don’t know if you saw [Doctor Strange director] Scott Derrickson’s tweet the other day. He said we’re listening and we’re learning, every day. That really is true. As long as we’re starting on this topic, it means so much to us that people know that. We also know that people expect actions and not words in a Q&A, and I’m hopeful that some of our upcoming announcements are going to show that we’ve been listening.

On Robert Downey Jr. and how he influenced the casting for every Marvel film:

We’re built on his shoulders of that performance of Tony Stark, humanizing the hero outside of the costume, outside of the suit, outside of the superhero name. I love that people use Iron Man and Tony Stark interchangeably. We said, as we were developing Iron Man 1, and working on these films, that our characters need to be as interesting out of their costumes as they are inside their costumes, fighting and flying around. Robert embodied that and became this icon, as Tony Stark. In a way that, with every casting decision since then, at some point we go, you know, this person’s going to have to do scenes with Robert so we’ve got to make sure they’re great. We really did that with every role that we cast since then. One thing that brings me great, great joy is reading the reviews of Civil War and seeing the much deserved credit that Chris Evans is getting for his performance as Captain America. He gets better and better; I think both Chris and Robert give their best performance as these characters in Civil War. That’s saying a lot considering how many times they’ve done it.

On what it would take to get a stand-alone Hulk film:

Disney and Universal would need to come to an agreement to allow Marvel to do a stand-alone Hulk film for Disney. What’s so great, and as you just said, Ruffalo lights up any room he’s in, any Twitter feed he’s engaged in and any movie that he’s in. It’s just a great pleasure to have him in The Avengers films and as you know his next appearance will be in Thor: Ragnarok, which is a whole other type of fun Hulk adventure for him that we can’t wait to get started on.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is now in theaters.

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Source: Deadline

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11:17AM on 05/08/2016

Hulk? Can anyone explain...

I've got a question, why does Feige mention Universal and Hulk for a solo project, but they are able to use the character in Avengers and I believe also in the upcoming Thor 3?
I've got a question, why does Feige mention Universal and Hulk for a solo project, but they are able to use the character in Avengers and I believe also in the upcoming Thor 3?
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5:57PM on 05/08/2016
Marvel has production rights, but Universal has distribution rights and the right to first refusal on any solo Hulk project. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but from what I understand, Marvel can use the character in a teamup movie (with the Avengers and Thor), but they cannot distribute a solo Hulk movie without Universal's involvement. That's the best I can explain it, and it could be misinformed, but there are details online. Here's the article I read on the subject:
Marvel has production rights, but Universal has distribution rights and the right to first refusal on any solo Hulk project. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but from what I understand, Marvel can use the character in a teamup movie (with the Avengers and Thor), but they cannot distribute a solo Hulk movie without Universal's involvement. That's the best I can explain it, and it could be misinformed, but there are details online. Here's the article I read on the subject: [link]1c3dd8c946ff
11:30PM on 05/07/2016

I'm hip to 99.9% of this news.....*EXCEPT*

...for the fact that a bat-shit crazy exec. like Tom Rothman is in charge of Sony Pictures.

After all the bullshit this guy pulled @ 20th Fox from 1994 to 2014:
1. Is single-handedly responsible for every aspect of Ryan Reynolds' portrayal of Deadpool in "Wolverine: Origins".

2. Editing "Die Hard 4" to make it a PG-13 film even though the previous three, had been R-rated. (This pretty much meant that Bruce Willis couldn't say John McClane's trademark "Yippie-ki-yay, Mother Fucker!" line
...for the fact that a bat-shit crazy exec. like Tom Rothman is in charge of Sony Pictures.

After all the bullshit this guy pulled @ 20th Fox from 1994 to 2014:
1. Is single-handedly responsible for every aspect of Ryan Reynolds' portrayal of Deadpool in "Wolverine: Origins".

2. Editing "Die Hard 4" to make it a PG-13 film even though the previous three, had been R-rated. (This pretty much meant that Bruce Willis couldn't say John McClane's trademark "Yippie-ki-yay, Mother Fucker!" line as it was fully intended)

3. The mismanagement of "X-Men 3".
(Not waiting for Bryan Singer to finish working on "Superman Returns" or having a replacement director until weeks before filming was due to start. Seemingly rushing the production as means of retaliating against Singer & hoping to release "The Last Stand" before "Superman Returns" [both in the summer of 2006]. Same goes for actors James Marsden, Rebecca Romjin, and Anna Paquin. Rothman refused to let them take care of prior engagements before filming & because of this...their characters were "killed off" or screen time cut severely as a matter of convenience.

3.3. Rothman also allegedly didn't want Sentinels (the gigantic, mutant hunting robots) appearing in an X-Men film because he believed that audiences would immediately think that giant robots appearing in live-action would be too "silly". This was of course, before "Transformers" (a movie for which Tom Rothman allegedly turned down) came out.

4. Ordering Ridley Scott to edit his movie "Kingdom of Heaven" to make it look like a more formulaic action-adventure film, when Scott intended for it to be much deeper.

5. Having "Daredevil" edited to make it appear more like a summer blockbuster (i.e. more CGI) in the mode of "Spider-Man". "Daredevil" was initially conceived as a more violent, R-rated film in the mold of Frank Miller's run with the comics.

6. Not giving the "Fantastic Four" films a better budget, directly ordering Tim Story to aim for a campy, cookie-cutter, sitcom-y feel. It was also Rothman's idea that Galactus be turned into a cloud!

7. Said "Hell No" to an "Alien 5" idea by James Cameron and Ridley Scott because "He had a good script for AVP."

8. Tim Burton's "Apes" remake being rushed into production. Which resulted Burton's comment "I'd rather jump out of a window than do "Apes 2."

...I pray for Sony Pictures & the forth coming "Spider-Man: Homecoming".
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6:09PM on 05/08/2016
I am not as upset about the news that Tom Rothmans is in charge of Sony Pictures, because I knew about it for a while now, and that gave it a chance to settle. That, and Sony doesn't own any properties I am actually interested in seeing, so they can crumble for all I care. However, you have no reason to be concerned about Spider-Man: Homecoming. The deal gave Marvel creative control over the character, so that allows Marvel to make the movie they want and Sony reaps the benefits. Kevin
I am not as upset about the news that Tom Rothmans is in charge of Sony Pictures, because I knew about it for a while now, and that gave it a chance to settle. That, and Sony doesn't own any properties I am actually interested in seeing, so they can crumble for all I care. However, you have no reason to be concerned about Spider-Man: Homecoming. The deal gave Marvel creative control over the character, so that allows Marvel to make the movie they want and Sony reaps the benefits. Kevin Feige will still be overseeing it, and I have full faith in his direction.
3:35AM on 05/07/2016

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8:34PM on 05/06/2016
I absolutely loved Tony's arc in Civil War and loved the fact that it didn't take anything away from the other characters as well. It was great seeing more of Tony's vulnerable side in this.
I absolutely loved Tony's arc in Civil War and loved the fact that it didn't take anything away from the other characters as well. It was great seeing more of Tony's vulnerable side in this.
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