blurb

Latest Entertainment News Headlines

Marvel's Kevin Feige talks about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe; says plans extend to 2021

08.07.2013

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been the ringleader of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since its inception, steering the ship towards a successful reign that never could have been predicted when 2008's IRON MAN began the "continuity" line of franchise films that have rocked the box office and helped make the comic book movie genre the most popular. Much has been said about the "Marvel model" of doing things, and speaking to Wired, Feige gives some insight into the inner workings, plans, and general direction of the behemoth that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"Ask Feige what makes his particular kind of world-building possible and he says, simply, “have a plan.” It doesn’t have to be set in stone, he adds. His current estimate is that Marvel movies have been three-quarters plan and 25 percent bob-and-weave."

As for how involved the process is when jumping into the next production, Feige says:

“Disney has allowed us to be a relatively small, tight-knit brain trust. These billion-dollar ventures come down to 10 people or fewer in a room saying, ‘You know what would be cool?’”

Talking about the risk of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and the staying power of stand-alone films, Feige says:

“It has a small, rabid fan base. Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone. Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.”

We know that plans are in place for two more Marvel films on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017, but those titles have yet to be announced. However, Feige estimates more films that extend out much farther, saying:

“I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021. Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening.”

So, barring a major cinematic crash of the superhero genre, you can settle in for at least the next eight years for more Marvel mayhem on the big screen. As a huge fan of the genre as a whole, I'm all for it, although I know many predict a downturn as folks get overwhelmed and bored by it. I think the staying power will rest in the quality of the films, not the quantity.

The Marvel Phase Two slate, following IRON MAN 3 is THOR: THE DARK WORLD (check out the new trailer here!), which hits on November 8, 2013, followed by CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER on April 4, 2014, then GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on August 1, 2014, leading to THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on May 1, 2015, and closing with ANT-MAN on November 6, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: My prediction/hope for the third Avengers film: The Avengers: The Infinity Gauntlet.
Source: Wired

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

WATCH NOW

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

3:07AM on 08/09/2013

definitely

have a plan. quality over quantity. if these sequels aren't as good or not better than their predecessors, then i'm bailing.
have a plan. quality over quantity. if these sequels aren't as good or not better than their predecessors, then i'm bailing.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:36PM on 08/07/2013
Yep, these guys have their act together. As a DC fan, I really wish I could say the same for them.
Yep, these guys have their act together. As a DC fan, I really wish I could say the same for them.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-1
9:36PM on 08/07/2013
I have enjoyed the films so far, and I think that if Marvel keeps making great stories, then we'll see continued success. That said, I think there will come a point of burn out. I think people will get burnt out on these kinds of films and will be less excited to see them, just as with any sub genre of film. I really can't predict what people will like in even 5 years, but tastes change with time. We shall see, I guess.
I have enjoyed the films so far, and I think that if Marvel keeps making great stories, then we'll see continued success. That said, I think there will come a point of burn out. I think people will get burnt out on these kinds of films and will be less excited to see them, just as with any sub genre of film. I really can't predict what people will like in even 5 years, but tastes change with time. We shall see, I guess.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
6:33PM on 08/07/2013
Unless something has changed Ant-Man is the first movie of phase 3.

Love what Marvel has done, it's truly an amazing time to be alive if you always dreamed of big budget superhero movies!
Unless something has changed Ant-Man is the first movie of phase 3.

Love what Marvel has done, it's truly an amazing time to be alive if you always dreamed of big budget superhero movies!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:55PM on 08/07/2013
Should have been in Phase 2 but someone keeps bumping him out of the way.
Should have been in Phase 2 but someone keeps bumping him out of the way.
+13
5:52PM on 08/07/2013
In a day when people had/have relatively no issues with a Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Saw, Twilight etc etc movie out almost every year during their runs, I don't think Marvel have to worry about people getting bored with their movies...especially if they maintain the quality they've delivered thus far.
In a day when people had/have relatively no issues with a Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Saw, Twilight etc etc movie out almost every year during their runs, I don't think Marvel have to worry about people getting bored with their movies...especially if they maintain the quality they've delivered thus far.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
5:47PM on 08/07/2013

MCU impressive, albeit overrated

Avengers and Iron Man comprise 2 of the top 5 comic book films of all time, but you can't credit Feige with CREATING the boom... Raimi's Spider-Man and Singer's X-Men ushered in this modern period of mega franchises (the Batman's and Superman franchises were generally planned as standalone films... the sequels grew organically).

Anyway top 5:

The Dark Knight 10/10
Blade II 10/10
Avengers 10/10
X2: X-Men United 9/10
Iron Man 8/10
Avengers and Iron Man comprise 2 of the top 5 comic book films of all time, but you can't credit Feige with CREATING the boom... Raimi's Spider-Man and Singer's X-Men ushered in this modern period of mega franchises (the Batman's and Superman franchises were generally planned as standalone films... the sequels grew organically).

Anyway top 5:

The Dark Knight 10/10
Blade II 10/10
Avengers 10/10
X2: X-Men United 9/10
Iron Man 8/10
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:55PM on 08/07/2013
That's a pretty sensible list right there, if you're going by objective quality, not just personal opinion than I think you're pretty on the money. Personally, I'd list the Top 5 as:

1. The Dark Knight 10/10
2. Spider-Man 2 10/10
3. Iron Man 10/10
4. The Avengers 10/10
5. Batman Begins 9/10

Although, I love Raimi's original Spider-Man movie and think its still a great little film, it hasn'theld up quite as well as I would've liked. However, Spider-Man 2 holds up just fine. Also, I'd
That's a pretty sensible list right there, if you're going by objective quality, not just personal opinion than I think you're pretty on the money. Personally, I'd list the Top 5 as:

1. The Dark Knight 10/10
2. Spider-Man 2 10/10
3. Iron Man 10/10
4. The Avengers 10/10
5. Batman Begins 9/10

Although, I love Raimi's original Spider-Man movie and think its still a great little film, it hasn'theld up quite as well as I would've liked. However, Spider-Man 2 holds up just fine. Also, I'd think I'd have X-Men 2, Blade II, Hellboy II, X-Men: First Class and The Crow as the next 5, although maybe not necessarily in that order.
10:03PM on 08/07/2013
i love Spider-man 2.

It's my #6!
i love Spider-man 2.

It's my #6!
4:41PM on 08/07/2013

I Smell A War..

A Civil War, that is. It'll be pretty cool to see The Avengers implode from within and take the MCU to a whole different level. Maybe by some miracle studio-crossovers will be a thing by then and we'll have Iron Man and Wolverine in a single movie. What's important is this is happening, and I love it because as long as great superhero movies are around you'll always be able to feel like a kid. I grew up watching the first X-Men and Spider-man films. Now I'm in my 20's and I'm enjoying all the
A Civil War, that is. It'll be pretty cool to see The Avengers implode from within and take the MCU to a whole different level. Maybe by some miracle studio-crossovers will be a thing by then and we'll have Iron Man and Wolverine in a single movie. What's important is this is happening, and I love it because as long as great superhero movies are around you'll always be able to feel like a kid. I grew up watching the first X-Men and Spider-man films. Now I'm in my 20's and I'm enjoying all the MCU, DC Universe, X-Men stuff. And I'm so f*cking glad that these stories will spill into my 30's as well. It's an awesome time to be a moviegoer.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:42PM on 08/07/2013
"...and then, in 2022, we plan on handing over the reins of the Marvel movie-verse to Joe Quesada, who will take a massive dump on our collective hard work from a great height."
"...and then, in 2022, we plan on handing over the reins of the Marvel movie-verse to Joe Quesada, who will take a massive dump on our collective hard work from a great height."
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:15PM on 08/07/2013
A Brand New Day for the Marvel U if you will
A Brand New Day for the Marvel U if you will
3:03PM on 08/07/2013
I just hope we get a sequel to the Incredible Hulk and giving Ruffalo his own film already.
I just hope we get a sequel to the Incredible Hulk and giving Ruffalo his own film already.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:04PM on 08/07/2013
I really don't think that a standalone Hulk movie will ever work. The character is very one dimensional, as well as Mark Ruffalo plays him. I think we all loved him so much in the Avengers because he wasn't front and center like he'd have to be in a hulk movie. As a background character he is great, but I'm not sure the Hulk can carry his own movie. It's not like the first 2 tries were made by hacks?? Eric Bana and Ed Norton are talented guys and even they couldn't make the Hulk interesting
I really don't think that a standalone Hulk movie will ever work. The character is very one dimensional, as well as Mark Ruffalo plays him. I think we all loved him so much in the Avengers because he wasn't front and center like he'd have to be in a hulk movie. As a background character he is great, but I'm not sure the Hulk can carry his own movie. It's not like the first 2 tries were made by hacks?? Eric Bana and Ed Norton are talented guys and even they couldn't make the Hulk interesting enough to watch him for 2 hours
5:01PM on 08/08/2013
@benny_d yes but if you refer back to the source material, there are huge spans of time where the Hulk either has Banner's mind or a personality of his own (see the Peter David books, Planet Hulk and the Mr Fixit stories). If they want to go beyond Hulk Smash! there is a lot that can make a movie interesting
@benny_d yes but if you refer back to the source material, there are huge spans of time where the Hulk either has Banner's mind or a personality of his own (see the Peter David books, Planet Hulk and the Mr Fixit stories). If they want to go beyond Hulk Smash! there is a lot that can make a movie interesting
2:37PM on 08/07/2013
i like to see they are thinking this far ahead and have liked everything so far. As for Avengers 3, the Gauntlet is the best choice, as it gives the chance for a truly epic crossover. Hopefully by then, the Surfer will be back in the fold and maybe some Warlock and Nova.
i like to see they are thinking this far ahead and have liked everything so far. As for Avengers 3, the Gauntlet is the best choice, as it gives the chance for a truly epic crossover. Hopefully by then, the Surfer will be back in the fold and maybe some Warlock and Nova.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:49PM on 08/07/2013
Don't hold your breath about Silver Surfer. Just like with Galactus, it seems Fox don't intend to let Marvel use him...
And the whole Quicksilver business between the both of them won't change things in a good way...
Don't hold your breath about Silver Surfer. Just like with Galactus, it seems Fox don't intend to let Marvel use him...
And the whole Quicksilver business between the both of them won't change things in a good way...
2:36PM on 08/07/2013
It's mind-numbing that DC can't get their shit together, especially since WB owns the film rights to EVERY DC character, something Marvel Studios doesn't have.
It's mind-numbing that DC can't get their shit together, especially since WB owns the film rights to EVERY DC character, something Marvel Studios doesn't have.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+23
2:27PM on 08/07/2013

"Have A Plan"

"What is this term 'plan' that you speak of, Mr. Feige?"
- DC/WB film executives.

It's good to see Feige has the framework for the next almost decade, but its also nice to see how those plans can allow for things to change with other variables. Question the quality and entertainment value of the movies if you desire, but their leadership is on the ball.
"What is this term 'plan' that you speak of, Mr. Feige?"
- DC/WB film executives.

It's good to see Feige has the framework for the next almost decade, but its also nice to see how those plans can allow for things to change with other variables. Question the quality and entertainment value of the movies if you desire, but their leadership is on the ball.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:32PM on 08/07/2013
"Because right now our plan is to run around like chickens without heads and throw shit in every direction and hope that it sticks."
"Because right now our plan is to run around like chickens without heads and throw shit in every direction and hope that it sticks."
2:43PM on 08/07/2013
And then they got into a fetal position and started crying, clutching to their Blu-Ray of The Dark Knight saying only "Where did we go wrong? We were the best...we were the best...."
And then they got into a fetal position and started crying, clutching to their Blu-Ray of The Dark Knight saying only "Where did we go wrong? We were the best...we were the best...."
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

FEATURED JOBLO YOUTUBE VIDEO

JoBlo's T-Shirt Shoppe | support our site... Wear Our Gear!