Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Talks Phase Two, DAREDEVIL, Threequels And More

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At a Q&A session during Entertainment Weekly’s CapeTown Film Fest, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige offered plenty of interesting bits on the future of the studio’s films. He offered an update on the three remaining films in Phase Two – Thor: The Dark WorldCaptain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy, as well as Iron Man 3 being the first threequel for them and how it defies the “Threequel Curse” that commonly affects superhero franchises. Additionally, Feige reveals whether or not there are any plans to introduce Daredevil to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and shares his thoughts on the possibility of a solo film led by a female character.

On The Approach To A Threequel After The Likes Of Spider-Man 3 And X-Men: The Last Stand:

“This is Marvel Studios’ first Part Three. It’s my first Part Three as a solo producer. But I’ve been a part of other Part Threes that I don’t think people [consider] tremendous successes. There, I witnessed what I thought were pitfalls we should avoid. And one of them was not taking a risk to do something different, to take a chance with the formula. Hiring Shane Black was a big part of that.” 

On Marvel’s Phase Two Movies And How They Differ From Phase One’s:

Thor has finished filming, and we’re in the cutting room now. I was in editorial for most of the day on that movie. Right downstairs, below editorial, are stages in Manhattan Beach where Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filming right now. This is the middle of our fifth week of production on Cap. Avengers was a nice slow burn, introducing characters and leading up to a movie with all of them in it. I really liked the idea of going to the other side of the universe and building a team in a single movie [Guardians Of The Galaxy].

“Phase One was about convincing moviegoing audiences that this universe is connected. Phase Two, especially at the beginning with Iron Man 3, is to show that they’re just as cool by themselves.”

On Whether Or Not There Are Any Plans To Use Daredevil Now That Marvel Has The Film Rights:

“There comes a time in contracts where, if a studio is done making the movies, [the characters] come home. That doesn’t mean we’re going to make another movie. But it means they’re back in the fold, which is where we want them to be.”

On A Possible Marvel Film Starring A Female Character:

“We have a number of candidates from the comics and from the movies we’ve already made. It’s just a matter of finding the right storyline, the right filmmaker, the right time.” 

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