[Movies] Kevin Feige Comments On The Future Of Marvel After Captain America: The Winter Soldier (SPOILERS)
Posted by Joseph Lee on 04.07.2014
In an interview with IGN, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige commented on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Needless to say, the interview contains spoilers so click away if you haven't seen the film yet.
On how The Winter Soldier changes everything in the MCU: "Well, I think the obvious way is that the overall structure and glue that held it together in many ways, in the form of SHIELD, is gone. That was an idea we had many years ago, to change the game for Avengers 2, which we certainly have. It also led into something that I had always -- I think Chris Evans was actually one of the first people I pitched it to on the set of The Avengers in Central Park in New York City on the last day of production, where they were all standing in a circle watching Thor and Loki shoot off back to Asgard. He said, "Okay, so we're doing 2. What are you thinking?" It was very early days then when I think I said, "Well, you know we love The Winter Soldier, and I have this crazy idea that the SSR [the Strategic Scientific Reserve] defeated Hydra, incorporated a lot of their scientists, that that's how SHIELD was founded, and, unbeknownst to anyone, a lot of what SHIELD's been doing has not been good. That's exposed, and Cap has to take it all down." He goes, "Holy s**t! Really?" After that reaction, I was like, "Yeah, that's the reaction we want! That'd be great!" And our screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely did an unbelievable job at bringing that to life; then Joe and Anthony Russo were completely obsessing over that idea when we first pitched it to them in our first meeting, and they began to build on that and make the movie you just watched."
On the future of Agents of SHIELD: "Well, I would say two things. One is, there's an easy way to find out if you're curious, which is to watch the show. [Laughs] But the truth is, this had been in the works for a very long time, long before the TV show came about. When the TV show came up and the TV department said, "Hey, we're thinking about doing this," and Joss called me and said that he wanted to do this, I said, "Hey, that's great. Best of luck, sounds cool, but you need to know one thing..." [Laughs] "You need to know one thing about what we're doing in Captain America 2, and I really don't want to change it." They said, "Okay, you don't have to change it," and I went, "Okay! Thanks." The rest will be history come April 8th."
On if Ang Lee's Hulk is canon: "Well, look, I would say that is not MCU canon, but when we made The Incredible Hulk, we didn't want to tell the origin story again, because we thought people were so familiar with it, which is why we didn't tell that. But you saw the way in which he was exposed to the gamma radiation in Ang Lee's version from the way you saw Bruce Banner was in the opening title sequence of The Incredible Hulk. So they're different. One reason we made Incredible Hulk was to get Hulk into the MCU canon."