Kevin Feige Discusses Marvel Studios' Post-Avengers Movie Plans
04.20.11 by BJSprecher
In the wake of the success of Marvel Studios' first independently-produced comic book movie adaptation, director Jon Favreau's Iron Man, dozens of Marvel Comics' first- and second-string characters were mentioned as possible contenders for their own movies. We've already seen the Hulk get his (second) movie, Captain America and Thor will have their own movies this summer, and an Ant-Man movie is in the works, but what about the others? Well, somehow IGN got their hands on an advance look at an interview with Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige from the upcoming summer issue of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club magazine, and in it Feige reveals Marvel's post-Avengers movie plans, including some of the surprising characters that might be getting their own solo movies.
First, Feige explained the importance of The Avengers in the evolution of Marvel Studios and of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
X-Men was the dawn of the new Marvel cinematic age. Iron Man was the dawn of the Marvel Studios age and the establishment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the beginning of that continuity. The Avengers is the next big step. Once all these characters come together, it's the culmination of all that has come before. It launches a new era and a new time in the history of our films. Not only will it be the first film that our new home studio, Disney, will be distributing, but it will also renew each of these characters and launch them into their own franchises, starting with the second film to be released by Disney, Iron Man 3.
Then, Feige confirmed that Thor and Captain America will be getting sequels. He also revealed some of the Avengers characters that he hopes will resonate enough with fans to warrant spin-offs and some of the characters that are already being "prepped" for their own solo adventures.
Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own. We hope that holds true for the characters appearing in that film—Black Widow [Scarlett Johansson], Hawkeye [Jeremy Renner], and the spy organization, S.H.I.E.L.D. [with Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury]—all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films. And, we've got a lot of other characters we're prepping and getting ready for film debuts: the world of martial arts, these great cosmic space fantasies, Dr. Strange, and the magic side of the Marvel Universe. There are many, many stories to be mined.
Though Feige only mentions Dr. Strange by name, it's a good bet that the "world of martial arts" comment refers to the planned Iron Fist movie. As for the "cosmic space fantasies" comment, that could refer to the rumored Inhumans movie or to something even grander in scale and scope, like a Captain Marvel or Nova movie. Only time, and the appetite of moviegoers for more superhero movies, will tell.