Are you guys ready for another interview session from the Avengers Age of Ultron press junket? Duh, of course you are!! Today’s Q&A is with none other than producer of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ulron…KEVIN FEIGE! I attended the Avengers Age of Ultron press junket as a guest of Walt Disney Pictures, all travel and accommodations were complimentary.
I think every Marvel fan sits through the credits in the movie theater because we all know what’s coming – an awesome bonus scene! Well, don’t worry about sitting there that long when you go see Marvel’s Avengers Age of Ultron, because there’s a mid credit scene and then that’s it!
We asked : Why is there no end credit scene?
Kevin: Well, there’s a mid-credit scene, as we call it and we’ve always really said, it’s not a fast and hard rule that there must be something after the credits, and Joss was a firm believer that we shouldn’t do something that seemed like we were taping the Shwarma scene at the end of it and that you know, his version of the story really culminates where it does at the end of the film and with the mid-credits. And everything we were thinking of just felt like an add-on that wasn’t worth doing. But that’s one of the reasons why he wanted to get it out there so people didn’t sit there for seven minutes and go, “what?”
Okay, I guess I can understand…I mean, the movie itself left my adrenaline pumping, I can’t imagine that a big scene at the end of the credits could have really improved the already-awesome movie!
Now, for those who aren’t too familiar with the comics, and don’t want Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it can be kind of tricky to keep track of what is happening when and where in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We asked: How many years it is between the end of the other Marvel Avenger movies and the start of Age of Ultron?
Kevin: I’m not sure we ever directly say it, but we always sorta thought it. It’s between six months to a year after- probably a good year after the events of The Winter Soldier. The Shield has been brought down at the end of The Winter Soldier after revealing that Hydra had been growing within it, and that there’s a lot of fallout. Some of that is on the television series, and some of that, we see at the very beginning of this movie, that that scepter- Loki’s which if you look at the end of the first Avengers movie, the last time you see it, Black Widow is holding it in the shadow of all the Avengers as they’re finally taking down Loki.
Our back stories clearly that went into, that went to a Shield- secure Shield vault somewhere, but of course, Shield was not secure, and it ended up in the hands of Strucker at the beginning of this film.
We asked: Were you big in the Marvel comics as a kid, and did you have a favorite character when you were little?
Kevin: I was more into movies. I was more into movies as a kid. I had a lot of favorite movies. I remember a story in particular when I was in the backyard with a bunch of friends of mine when we were, I don’t know, say eight years old- ten years old. And we were playing super heroes, and somebody had chosen Batman, somebody had chosen Superman, and somebody had chosen Spiderman and I remember going, well, I’ll be Iron Man. I’ll play Iron Man because I’d seen him in reruns of the old ’60s cartoon.
And some kids didn’t even know who he was. I was like, he’s cool. He’s Iron Man. Trust me. So that was it was fun bringing him to life after, some kids didn’t hear of him when I chose him in the backyard thirty- thirty-two years ago.
We asked: What was it like to bring in Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into this movie?
Kevin: It was great. I mean, they’re key Avengers characters in the books. They they have a great back story that we really wanted to explore; and they have a great relationship, the two of them, that we really wanted to explore together, and it was one of Joss’s very first notions- probably second notion after Ultron to bring them in, who have a very different viewpoint of the Avengers who come into the team from a very different angle than any of the other characters.
The other characters were sort of assembled together by Nick Fury in the first movie and Thor obviously came into the mix because of the presence of Loki, and now having characters come in from a totally different side- which is also a very Marvel thing to do. There are a lot of Marvel characters who start on the other side of a disagreement, or the other side of an argument or the other side of the law that you know, through a great Marvel redemptive arc, become heroes. And, and we wanted to do that in an Avengers movie.
Now, one of the questions on everyone’s mind was…
We asked: Are we gonna see Spiderman make an appearance in the Civil War?
Kevin: Well, you know, you see, you’ve heard the announcements that we’ve teamed up with Sony to bring Spidey into our universe and doing a new Spidey film in 2017, but I think we’re being less than specific about, where we’ll see him first.
Oh Marvel…always leaving us hanging…I guess we’ll just have to watch Captain America: Civil War and find out! Oh wait, we were all planning on doing that anyway, weren’t we?
We asked: Do you have somebody in the Marvel Universe that you really wanna bring in the stories or anything that you haven’t yet?
Kevin: Of characters? Well, it’s, I used to say “Guardians of the Galaxy” to that question. I used to say “Vision” to that question; I used to say “Falcon;” I used to say “Doctor Strange” a lot and obviously we’re deep into that with Benedict Cumberbatch now. We start filming in November. So it’s really been amazing. Now it does come down to you know, individual and specific characters, but if I say too many of them, it’ll give away exactly what we’re doing with Guardians 2 or with the future ones. But it’s not, it is a testament to the Marvel comics, how deep its bench is that there’s still hundreds of great characters that we haven’t even touched yet.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON opens in theaters May 1st, 2015!
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