A lot of new information about upcoming Marvel films, such as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” was released in an interview between Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, and IGN. In the interview Feige talked about the production of both movies, and about the possibility of certain movies being made in the future, from the likely-to-be-made Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers cross-over, to more improbable ideas such as a Wolverine cross-over with the Avengers, and a Namor movie.
Feige started the interview by talking about his faith in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. Feige knew from reading a scene in an early script that this movie was in great hands and Gunn should have the artistic freedom to make the movie he wanted.
“That scene was in an early draft. And that scene goes on. Just the five of them, sitting in the circle you see, for eight minutes just talking and bantering back-and-forth. And it’s awesome. It’s great. My recollection is that in one of the early drafts we said ‘This scene is awesome – the whole movie should feel like this scene.’ And he went ‘Oh great, I was nervous about that scene. Because that scene is the most me, and I was afraid that you guys would say ‘Ooh that’s too long. Too much talking’.’”
Feige also talked about his faith in Vin Diesel’s acting and his interest in playing live-action roles within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Vin Diesel is an avid comic book fan and Feige hopes to take advantage of that as well as his acting abilities.
“He really is a force of nature. I was always a fan. But I’ve really grown to respect him and love what he does and what he stands for. So certainly someday. Right now I’m just so happy that the Groot thing worked out and that he’s embraced it in the way that he has. But I think there are any number of places that he could fit in a live-action way.”
Feige wrapped up his discussion of “Guardians of the Galaxy” by addressing the possibility of an Avengers team-up stating: “Part of the fun is that it could happen someday.”
Feige then addressed several quirks regarding the rights to Marvel characters owned by Fox. Feige stated that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine teaming up with the Avengers was not impossible:
“I’m not going to rule out anything (…) But I would say for the immediate future, Fox is very busy building their X-Men universe and redoing the Fantastic Four universe.”
Namor’s rights are a shared property across Marvel Studios and Fox because the character counts as an Avenger, as well as a mutant (much like Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver who can appear in films made by either studio). When asked about Universal Stuido’s plans to make a Namor movie Feige stated that Marvel would be more likely to make their own Namor movie, but working around the details of the shared rights agreement complicates things and he doesn’t expect a Namor movie to happen any time soon.
Continuing the discussion of Marvel movies on the way, “Entertainment Weekly” published a story about “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. In the story Joss Whedon talks about the connection between Ultron and the Vision. Vision will be a creation of Ultron and J.A.R.V.I.S. This explains why Paul Bettany is set to play J.A.R.V.I.S. and Vision.
In another IGN interview Scarlett Johansson talked about Black Widow in “Avengers: Age of Ultron”. On the subject of Black Widow’s lack of powers Johansson said this:
“She’s a super spy. Her ability to understand the complexity of the criminal mind, she uses that to her advantage. She’s often the one that’s going, ‘Right, you think it’s this way, but if you think about it from this person’s perspective, this might be the answer.’ She’s always using her experience in her sordid past to her advantage. I don’t think there’s any super suit that could supersede that for her”
Johansson also hinted that Black Widow’s arsenal improves in the movie, saying, “And she gets some pretty good toys too, especially in Avengers 2 — I can’t complain.”
When asked about how the universe would be expanded in Avengers 2 Johansson described how Black Widow would evolve as a character and how she will start to develop based on her past; “At this stage, when you see the Widow, she’s — especially in Avengers, these characters all have a past, and hers is a very complex one, where she’s realizing — and it’s kind of a continuation of Cap 2 — ‘I’ve never made an active choice. I’m a product of other people’s imposition.’ That’s going to catch up with her.”