Marvel's Kevin Feige Hints at the Epic Scope of 'The Avengers' + More
With the summer finally about to kick off later this week once Marvel's Thor hits theaters, there's lots of talk of Marvel around town. Paramount held a press junket in Beverly Hills this past weekend, where the entire Thor cast and Marvel Studios' overlord Kevin Feige participated in a press conference and interviews. Quotes are popping up everywhere but I don't want to spoil anything, so the ones I'm focusing on are for The Avengers. Feige mentions some very interesting things that should keep building buzz, plus there's a few great quotes from my new favorite actor Tom Hiddleston. He kicks ass as Loki in Thor.
The first juicy quote comes from Collider's fantastic interview with Marvel Studios' head Kevin Feige. He asks him about the latest Transformers: Dark of the Moon trailer and the epic size of some of the robots Michael Bay has dreamt up, like the one that tears apart that entire skyscraper in the trailer. You've got to hear his answer because he references something in The Avengers that fanboys will recognize and has been previously confirmed will be included in the movie. I hope this is accurate! Here's what he says in response:
"You look at something like that and you go, 'That is gigantic. That is huge. That is awesome. Wow. Boy, we have to equal that.' Literally an hour later I go into the dailies of The Avengers from the first few days of dailies. I saw Sam Jackson as Nick Fury in a slightly redesigned outfit with the eye patch, turning around on the bridge of the Helicarrier and I went, 'Oh. That is cooler than anything else. That one shot. That one thing.' I'm not worried anymore."
Damn. I know this is Feige and he's going to overhype his own movies, but still, that sounds incredible. The Helicarrier in The Avengers supposedly looking as big and as good as the humongous robots in Dark of the Moon? Please make it true. As amazing as this summer looks, there are some incredible movies in the works for 2012, The Avengers being one. Feige mentions they'll be shooting (first unit) for 80 to 100 days until September this year. In the interview, Feige also talks about Odin's vault which is seen in Thor, but I don't want to spoil what's in there, so if you want to read more, head over to Collider. And I think I know what he's talking about being "missing" as it's seen, well, at some point near the end. We'll have to chat later.
One of the other good quotes worth highlighting comes from Tom Hiddleston, who plays Loki in Thor and is a phenomenal actor who may break out very soon. It's not a spoiler to say that it has been confirmed that in addition to the Skrulls, the real villain in The Avengers is actually Loki. Once everyone sees Thor, they'll understand how this makes sense and how it may play part of a much bigger, very epic storyline, exactly the one every Marvel fan has been waiting to see. How so? Well, there are some cosmic elements at play (remember Thanos' glove at Comic-Con?) but Hiddleston hints at how his mischievous ways are getting more creative, that it will take more than one superhero to defeat him this time. Quote from Cinema Blend:
"I think his motivations change… I think he's not so concerned with beating his brother anymore. I think he has bigger plans than just being bigger than his brother, I would say. And because his plans get bigger, the necessaries needed to defeat him, I think, need to be bigger… I've read the shooting script and it's absolutely wonderful. So much fun, and there's a lot of juice to Loki as well – flavors we haven't seen of him as well."
That's not much to go off of for now, but it's best to wait until everyone has seen Thor this weekend to start discussing possibilities, as footage in that movie will open up plenty of doors. Just know that Loki seems to be getting involved in some evil plans on Earth as well as Asgard. Although I was a bit weary about Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios holding back on going all out with The Avengers, it looks like it truly might be as "massive" as Hemsworth said. I think I'm getting more excited for The Avengers and we've barely started this summer! Be sure to get your tickets to see Thor and as always, we'll keep you updated on anything we hear about Marvel's The Avengers, including any additional updates from Kevin Feige throughout this week.