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Kevin Feige talks Thanos, Ant-Man and death in Marvel's Cinematic Universe

Apr. 25, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

In a recent interview with Empire, Kevin Feige revealed a few details on ANT-MAN, talked about the death in Marvel's Cinematic Universe, and says an actor has already been cast to play Thanos. There's a lot, so let's get right to it.

We'll start with Thanos, who was teased at the end of THE AVENGERS, and will play a big part in future Marvel films. Kevin Feige confirmed Thanos will appear in James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY while speaking with Empire, and also says, "There is an actor. I'm not sure we want to announce it yet."

Kevin Feige goes on to talk a little about Edgar Wright's ANT-MAN, and says years of developing the planned film played a big part in shaping Marvel's Cinematic Universe.

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 [Laughs].

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 continues with some comments on Paul Rudd's Scott Lang character in ANT-MAN.

Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.

Feige was also asked by Empire if Marvel had actually considered killing off Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

We never actually discussed doing it, no. Maybe as part of a very early general conversation. But it didn't go particularly far before the idea that ended up in the film came up.

So will a major character be killed in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and would it be a permanent death?

You never know. Again, we take our cues from the comics and everyone knows that in comics and soap operas, people die and come back. Except for Uncle Ben and Bucky, but oh! Bucky's going to come back and it's going to be awesome. When appropriate to the story, we certainly will not hesitate. Frigga is dead. She's not coming back. Big funeral.

Kevin Feige also commented on how things will be a little different in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON because of what happened to S.H.I.E.L.D. in CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER.

The dynamic certainly has changed. For us that was one of the benefits of doing this storyline - that it will force them to use something different in their next team-up than S.H.I.E.L.D., which basically provided the groundwork and the basis by which they assembled the first time.

Kevin Feige is very much aware CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 is scheduled to be released on the same day as BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, but he says it doesn't concern him or Marvel.

We had the flag there first. What other people do and where has always been less of our concern. It’s about keeping our head down and doing what we would believe would be cool for an audience to see.

Interesting stuff from Kevin Feige. Very curious to know who they have in mind for Thanos, and if Marvel is planning on killing off a major character in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.

Marvel's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will open on August 1st, 2014, and AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be released on May 1st, 2015.

Source: CBMLatino-Review

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2:19AM on 04/27/2014
I'd cast John Noble as the voice of Thanos. Then have an enormous, ripped dude w prosthetics on his face play himm onscreen.
I'd cast John Noble as the voice of Thanos. Then have an enormous, ripped dude w prosthetics on his face play himm onscreen.
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5:28PM on 04/25/2014
Didn't Vin already imply that he might do more with Marvel than only Groot? I'm not stuck on him as Thanos but I would rather have somebody big in size ( and deep of voice) like him do it than a cgi creature.Not that Hulk was bad but still.
Rubox! What's your problem with Vin? Who do you see as Thanos?
Didn't Vin already imply that he might do more with Marvel than only Groot? I'm not stuck on him as Thanos but I would rather have somebody big in size ( and deep of voice) like him do it than a cgi creature.Not that Hulk was bad but still.
Rubox! What's your problem with Vin? Who do you see as Thanos?
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7:13PM on 04/25/2014
Rubox is just an insecure male. Thats all.
Rubox is just an insecure male. Thats all.
5:02PM on 04/25/2014

Vin Diesel

People who claim Vin Diesel has no range or can't act need to shut up and watch this:

Part 1 [link]

Part 2 [link]

Why would Steven Spielberg hire Diesel for 'Saving Private Ryan' if he didn't know he was a good actor? Just because he's starring in all these action movies nowadays doesn't mean the guy is bad at his craft.

Also, count me in on the "Vin Diesel as Thanos" bandwagon.
People who claim Vin Diesel has no range or can't act need to shut up and watch this:

Part 1 [link]

Part 2 [link]

Why would Steven Spielberg hire Diesel for 'Saving Private Ryan' if he didn't know he was a good actor? Just because he's starring in all these action movies nowadays doesn't mean the guy is bad at his craft.

Also, count me in on the "Vin Diesel as Thanos" bandwagon.
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4:30PM on 04/25/2014

Ron Perlman

Even if he is 64, he's got the size, voice, and swagger to pull it off. He could provide mo-cap, or we all know how well he can handle working in make-up.
Even if he is 64, he's got the size, voice, and swagger to pull it off. He could provide mo-cap, or we all know how well he can handle working in make-up.
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2:58PM on 04/25/2014
Vin Diesel is already playing (or voicing) Groot so I cannot see him voicing 2 characters in same film.
Vin Diesel is already playing (or voicing) Groot so I cannot see him voicing 2 characters in same film.
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4:44PM on 04/25/2014
Thank you
Thank you
7:16PM on 04/25/2014
You're right. John Rhys Davis played a talking cgi tree in LOTR so it's a good thing they got someone else to play Gimli.
You're right. John Rhys Davis played a talking cgi tree in LOTR so it's a good thing they got someone else to play Gimli.
8:34PM on 04/25/2014
considering Thanos will probably be PERFORMED and Groot only says I am Groot..its actually quite likely. Your statement makes as much sense as saying "I dont think john rhys davies will perform gimli and voice treebeard in the same movie" Get a clue bozo
considering Thanos will probably be PERFORMED and Groot only says I am Groot..its actually quite likely. Your statement makes as much sense as saying "I dont think john rhys davies will perform gimli and voice treebeard in the same movie" Get a clue bozo
12:33PM on 04/25/2014
So it seems we have Edgar Wright to thank already for expanding the depth and span of the Marvel Universe.
So it seems we have Edgar Wright to thank already for expanding the depth and span of the Marvel Universe.
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12:30PM on 04/25/2014

Vin

He might not be the most versatile actor but he was beautiful in Iron Giant. He's got a presence and above all a rumble of a voice that would be pretty insuperable for Thanos. In my humble opinion.
He might not be the most versatile actor but he was beautiful in Iron Giant. He's got a presence and above all a rumble of a voice that would be pretty insuperable for Thanos. In my humble opinion.
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4:45PM on 04/25/2014
Nope
Nope
12:13PM on 04/25/2014
It'd be great to see Michael Douglas' Ant-Man vs. Paul Rudd's Ant-Man.
It'd be great to see Michael Douglas' Ant-Man vs. Paul Rudd's Ant-Man.
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11:55AM on 04/25/2014

Seriously guys? Diesel as Thanos?

Marvel is NOT going to cast Vin Diesel as their flagship villain. That's horse feathers! They've already cast the role according to Fiege and I'm willing to bet it's a genuine actor in the role. Diesel seems like a nice guy and everything but a thespian he is not.
Marvel is NOT going to cast Vin Diesel as their flagship villain. That's horse feathers! They've already cast the role according to Fiege and I'm willing to bet it's a genuine actor in the role. Diesel seems like a nice guy and everything but a thespian he is not.
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1:38PM on 04/25/2014
HORSE FEATHERS!!! That's beautiful!!!
HORSE FEATHERS!!! That's beautiful!!!
1:39PM on 04/25/2014
thank you. i said the exact same thing. if they cast James Spader as Ultron they won't cast Thanos for the third phase to someone like diesel. i don't have anything against vin but he is a poor choice for that part.
thank you. i said the exact same thing. if they cast James Spader as Ultron they won't cast Thanos for the third phase to someone like diesel. i don't have anything against vin but he is a poor choice for that part.
10:41AM on 04/28/2014
Vin Diesel is already being Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Vin Diesel is already being Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy.
11:22AM on 04/25/2014

CGI Thanos?

Thanas will be a Hulk sized CGI character, right? I would hate for him to be human sized even if he was played by someone as large as Vin Deisel.
Thanas will be a Hulk sized CGI character, right? I would hate for him to be human sized even if he was played by someone as large as Vin Deisel.
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12:30PM on 04/25/2014
Thanos is only 6 and a half feet in the comics, compared to Hulk who is nearly 8 feet tall. There's no reason for them to CGI Thanos. If they cast an awesome actor who's 6'3" or 6'4", nobody is going to quibble over an extra few inches.

Jason Momoa is that height, but so are actors like Alexander Skarsgard and Goran Visnjic, and personally I'd rather see them cast an actor along those lines.
Thanos is only 6 and a half feet in the comics, compared to Hulk who is nearly 8 feet tall. There's no reason for them to CGI Thanos. If they cast an awesome actor who's 6'3" or 6'4", nobody is going to quibble over an extra few inches.

Jason Momoa is that height, but so are actors like Alexander Skarsgard and Goran Visnjic, and personally I'd rather see them cast an actor along those lines.
2:03PM on 04/25/2014
But his physical attributes also say he is 1,000 pounds which is the same weight as the Hulk. Guess we'll find out in the G.O.T.G.
But his physical attributes also say he is 1,000 pounds which is the same weight as the Hulk. Guess we'll find out in the G.O.T.G.
2:41PM on 04/25/2014
Michael Clarke Duncan RIP would have made a decent Thanos, had the size and the voice...
Michael Clarke Duncan RIP would have made a decent Thanos, had the size and the voice...
11:19AM on 04/25/2014

Kevin Feige really knows how to make his fans happy

This is exciting and all, but I'm still stuck on Antman honestly. There just seems to be so much talent behind that film.
This is exciting and all, but I'm still stuck on Antman honestly. There just seems to be so much talent behind that film.
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11:02AM on 04/25/2014

please god no vin diesel

please please please please god.......not vin diesel. just keep him where he belongs. xxx, fast n furious, and mountain dew commercials. guy has the range of mr. magoo
please please please please god.......not vin diesel. just keep him where he belongs. xxx, fast n furious, and mountain dew commercials. guy has the range of mr. magoo
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11:11AM on 04/25/2014
Well mr magoo is a classic. So you think mr Diesel is a classic actor? We should be so lucky to have him.
Well mr magoo is a classic. So you think mr Diesel is a classic actor? We should be so lucky to have him.
11:12AM on 04/25/2014
I thought he was pretty decent in Saving Private Ryan. And Riddick is also badass.
I thought he was pretty decent in Saving Private Ryan. And Riddick is also badass.
11:27AM on 04/25/2014
Too late, Vin Diesel is Groot in Guardians. So you don't have to worry about him being Thanos. That casting is a pipe dream that won't happen
Too late, Vin Diesel is Groot in Guardians. So you don't have to worry about him being Thanos. That casting is a pipe dream that won't happen
12:38PM on 04/25/2014
That's not necessarily true rubox. Paul Bettany voiced JARVIS and is also playing The Vision, though I am sure there is a reason for that.
That's not necessarily true rubox. Paul Bettany voiced JARVIS and is also playing The Vision, though I am sure there is a reason for that.
1:37PM on 04/25/2014
@the_congirl: Mr. Magoo is a classic to people over 70. Also if you think Mr. Magoo is funny than I can't take anything you say seriously. Just buy another Diesel poster to make out with and calm down spaz
@the_congirl: Mr. Magoo is a classic to people over 70. Also if you think Mr. Magoo is funny than I can't take anything you say seriously. Just buy another Diesel poster to make out with and calm down spaz
8:38PM on 04/25/2014
Sorry John gotti. is your manhood hurt? can you not handle that people like Vin Diesel and you just have an inferiority complex? take a hike!
Sorry John gotti. is your manhood hurt? can you not handle that people like Vin Diesel and you just have an inferiority complex? take a hike!
10:48AM on 04/25/2014
I will actually be shocked if it's not Vin Diesel playing Thanos. All the clues are there really.

I don't want to do the 'geeky' thing say Nathan Fillion - but after his hint he might be involved in GOTG (and he's in with Whedon) - it wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to be him.
I will actually be shocked if it's not Vin Diesel playing Thanos. All the clues are there really.

I don't want to do the 'geeky' thing say Nathan Fillion - but after his hint he might be involved in GOTG (and he's in with Whedon) - it wouldn't surprise me if it turned out to be him.
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11:02AM on 04/25/2014
Theres no way Fillion is Thanos. He def has a cameo of some sort but it sure as hell aint thanos.
Theres no way Fillion is Thanos. He def has a cameo of some sort but it sure as hell aint thanos.
10:11AM on 04/25/2014
Exciting and interesting stuff. It'll be interesting to see if they cast anyone other then Diesel for the role of Thanos and big of a presence he'll have in Guardians of the Galaxy. Hopefully it's more then we saw in The Avengers.

And I really can't see any of the core members of The Avengers dieing. I could possibly see Pepper and/or Rhodes dieing since I think at this point, Tony has the most to lose out of anyone in the group. But maybe they'll pull another "Coulson".

And has anyone
Exciting and interesting stuff. It'll be interesting to see if they cast anyone other then Diesel for the role of Thanos and big of a presence he'll have in Guardians of the Galaxy. Hopefully it's more then we saw in The Avengers.

And I really can't see any of the core members of The Avengers dieing. I could possibly see Pepper and/or Rhodes dieing since I think at this point, Tony has the most to lose out of anyone in the group. But maybe they'll pull another "Coulson".

And has anyone heard of Nathan Fillion possibly appearing in Guardians of the Galaxy?
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10:15AM on 04/25/2014
at this rate, im pretty confident Steve will die in Avengers 3 (As his contract runs out) and it makes the most sense for him to die out of everyone. He is the man out of time. He is still pining for Peggy despite women being all around him. Black Widow, The Waitress in Avengers (i know i know deleted scenes), His next door neighbour and all the women that Widow tries to hook him up with. Steve does not give a fuck about any other women other than Peggy. Also with the way the Winter Soldier is
at this rate, im pretty confident Steve will die in Avengers 3 (As his contract runs out) and it makes the most sense for him to die out of everyone. He is the man out of time. He is still pining for Peggy despite women being all around him. Black Widow, The Waitress in Avengers (i know i know deleted scenes), His next door neighbour and all the women that Widow tries to hook him up with. Steve does not give a fuck about any other women other than Peggy. Also with the way the Winter Soldier is going and the insane picture deal for Sebastien Stan, it only makes sense for him to pick up the mantle after Steve dies.
10:29AM on 04/25/2014
I can definitely see that for Avengers 3, but for Avengers 2 I can't see anyone dieing except for Pepper and/or Rhodey.
I can definitely see that for Avengers 3, but for Avengers 2 I can't see anyone dieing except for Pepper and/or Rhodey.
11:29AM on 04/25/2014
Dieing, dying, dieting....choose your weapon
Dieing, dying, dieting....choose your weapon
2:13PM on 04/25/2014
@rubox. Lol.
@rubox. Lol.
5:02PM on 04/25/2014
@The_ConMan - check your sources Chris Evans has signed on for a 3rd Captain America which will probably follow the 'Death of Capt America' story line especially given Sebastian Stan has a 9 pic deal with Marvel
@The_ConMan - check your sources Chris Evans has signed on for a 3rd Captain America which will probably follow the 'Death of Capt America' story line especially given Sebastian Stan has a 9 pic deal with Marvel
7:12PM on 04/25/2014
@optimus. Re read my comment dude. I said he would die in avengers 3 which comes AFTER Cap 3.
@optimus. Re read my comment dude. I said he would die in avengers 3 which comes AFTER Cap 3.
9:30PM on 04/25/2014
I wouldn't be surprised if Nathan Fillion did appear in Guardians of the Galaxy. He was in both of James Gunn's previous directorial efforts, Slither and Super, so it would make sense for him to join Gunn in another of his films. They are probably friends.
I wouldn't be surprised if Nathan Fillion did appear in Guardians of the Galaxy. He was in both of James Gunn's previous directorial efforts, Slither and Super, so it would make sense for him to join Gunn in another of his films. They are probably friends.
1:36AM on 04/26/2014
@The_ConMan - even so Evans has said he won't do another film after CA3 which is why I don't think they will kill him off in A3 - his death will come at the hands of crossbones I think rather than in an Avengers movie it would detract from the character if you killed him off in an ensemble movie rather than his own - I would think the one most likely to die in future Avengers film is Stark given the likelihood of him creating Ultron and the fact RDJ is unlikely to do any more Iron Man films.
@The_ConMan - even so Evans has said he won't do another film after CA3 which is why I don't think they will kill him off in A3 - his death will come at the hands of crossbones I think rather than in an Avengers movie it would detract from the character if you killed him off in an ensemble movie rather than his own - I would think the one most likely to die in future Avengers film is Stark given the likelihood of him creating Ultron and the fact RDJ is unlikely to do any more Iron Man films.
5:29AM on 04/26/2014
@optimus incorrect. He said he will be done after his contract is up. Which is Avengers 3. He even stated his Thor 2 cameo was a favor and not part of the contract.

Your presidential advisors are wrong......I'm right.

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@optimus incorrect. He said he will be done after his contract is up. Which is Avengers 3. He even stated his Thor 2 cameo was a favor and not part of the contract.

Your presidential advisors are wrong......I'm right.

[link]

[link] (10th question)

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[link]

We need to get the worlds best deep core [link]
5:31AM on 04/26/2014
Not sure why my last quote has a "link". I was making a "i got carried away comment"
Not sure why my last quote has a "link". I was making a "i got carried away comment"
9:45AM on 04/25/2014

I guarantee you

Vin Diesel is Thanos and his role as Groot is something that just ended up being a bonus because of his amazing voice work in the Iron Giant.
Vin Diesel is Thanos and his role as Groot is something that just ended up being a bonus because of his amazing voice work in the Iron Giant.
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9:59AM on 04/25/2014
I've been thinking that same exact thing.
I've been thinking that same exact thing.
10:07AM on 04/25/2014
Yeah. I'm thinking the same thing too. Diesel made too much of a big deal to be joining Marvel to only play Groot.

If he were casted as the voice of Thanos, then that would be perfectly fine with me. He's got the right voice for it.
Yeah. I'm thinking the same thing too. Diesel made too much of a big deal to be joining Marvel to only play Groot.

If he were casted as the voice of Thanos, then that would be perfectly fine with me. He's got the right voice for it.
10:13AM on 04/25/2014
I dont think thanos will be some sort of CG character. I think we will just have a slightly different looking thanos in avengers 3 (and whatever movies he shows up in) than in avengers when they hadnt cast him yet. (CAST!!!!!)
I dont think thanos will be some sort of CG character. I think we will just have a slightly different looking thanos in avengers 3 (and whatever movies he shows up in) than in avengers when they hadnt cast him yet. (CAST!!!!!)
10:29AM on 04/25/2014
I don't know why I keep messing that up.
I don't know why I keep messing that up.
10:39AM on 04/25/2014
lol just force of habit dude.
lol just force of habit dude.
11:32AM on 04/25/2014
So
So
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