Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige sat down with Collider recently to discuss the plethora of projects that are currently underway and quickly approaching on the horizon. With candor and a palpable sense of excitement, Feige talked at length about what is and what’s to come, having nearly a decade of time at the helm of the studio behind him.
Fans have been clamoring to have Spider-Man back on the Marvel roster on the regular more than in just a battle royale from time-to-time. Feige was optimistic while discussing the upcoming Spidey film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will bring star Tom Holland back into the webbing, as well as what has been viewed as an icy relationship between Marvel and Sony, especially where the shared characters between the two have been concerned.
“We’re figuring it out. I mean, it was really the specifics for Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Spider-Man: Homecoming just wrapped as you know and we’re just getting into cutting that movie, so that’s the primary focus but we are…that iceberg is thawed and is non existent. So we talk to them all the time about what could be fun for the future.”
As to whether or not Spider-Man is going to appear in Infinity War:
“I would say that is part of the surprise. I don’t want to spoil anything one way or another.”
Speculation on whether or not there will ever be ongoing or even one-shot crossovers between the growing ensemble of incredible characters in the Netflix MCU has driven a lot of hot topics. To answer those particular lines of thought at this moment:
“I think it’s extremely impressive what Netflix has done and it will be the same answer I always give, which is, “It all depends on timing.” It all depends on how to do it because I don’t think what anybody wants to do is have such important characters show up for one second.”
There are varying thoughts about how many characters will actually appear on-screen in Avengers:Infinity War and the more ardent researchers have even surmised that there will be over 60. Feige’s thoughts on this are humored and delightfully vague.
“There are a lot of characters in [the first[ Captain America; there are a lot of characters in The Winter Soldier, and of course Civil War has as many as we’ve ever had, so it’s in very capable hands [when] it comes to divvying up the storylines in a way that services a primary narrative but [also] showcases many characters. How many times will all 30, 50, 60 whatever it is be in the frame at the same time that is the hard part. And not much.”
Moving ahead, as far as the years 2019, and 2020, Feige ruminates on the projects up ahead, while pulling from the successes in the rear view mirror.
“We know what we’d like them to be for 2020. Over the years, where we’re aiming we’ve been lucky enough that it’s usually been the same thing but we always leave ourselves the opportunity to bob and weave and adapt if we have to. But we know where we’re headed for 2020 and we have ideas and were beginning to solidify the years beyond that.”
With the imminent release of Doctor Strange looming large for November 4th, 2016, Feige also talks about introducing an entirely ‘new’ character into the MCU fold.
“Whenever we introduce a new character or a new conceit, it’s another tool in the storytelling story box for future movies. I think with all of those tools there are great examples in the comics of how to utilize them in really fun and amazing ways. There are [also] examples of how the whole thing could collapse in on itself—if you’re not careful. So I think we’re well aware of that and want to always try to use new conceits sparingly and in a way that enhances the story we’re telling versus making it unwieldy and confusing to people who haven’t followed along the whole journey.”
Straightforward, and getting to the heart of the matter as always, Feige is definitely comfortable hefting the mantle of the MCU as studio President, and anticipating the astounding journeys we all have ahead of us is going to be just as fun as striding up to the comic book racks of old and summoning our heroes to inspire us as we join them on their journeys.