Marvel Round-Up: 'Captain America,' 'Iron Man,' 'Thor' Sequels & More
by Ben Pearson
April 16, 2012
No, we're not starting a whole new column devoted to Marvel movies here at FirstShowing (at least not yet). But with the world premiere of Marvel's The Avengers taking place in Hollywood last week and the cast and filmmakers beginning their worldwide press tour, we figured it would be a good idea to do a quick roundup of all the most relevant bits of information that have come out in the past few days about Marvel's upcoming film slate. So settle in, kick back, and prepare yourselves for some info about Iron Man 3, Thor 2, Captain America 2, The Avengers sequel, a new Hulk movie, and more from around the web!
First up, i09 had a chance to speak with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and they asked him what the future holds for all of these superhero characters now that they've come together in The Avengers:
"The next thing is proving we can prevent sequel-itis. The next thing is proving that taken away from a juggernaut of a movie like Avengers, that Tony Stark/Iron Man has a different story to tell. That Thor has different worlds to go do. And, frankly, explore Steve Rogers' life in the modern world. And taking him to unexpected places, and doing it in ways that we hope will surprise people."
Since Iron Man 3 is next out of the gate for filming, let's hit that one first. Collider also got to sit down with Kevin Feige, who spilled some info about the tone of Tony Stark's next adventure:
"Iron Man 3 is a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie — and I'll tell you because you're a good guy — is very much inspired by the first half of Iron Man 1. Metaphorically, we're not going back to the cave, there's nothing like that, but we've always said let's get Tony back to the cave, which is he's stripped of everything, he's backed up against a wall, and he's gotta use his intelligence to get out of it. He can't call Thor, he can't call Cap, he can't call Nick Fury, and he can't look for the Helicarrier in the sky."
Collider's conversation with Feige also yielded some interesting results when the discussion turned to Thor 2, as he revealed the love story is going to be at the forefront and confirmed Anthony Hopkins will be back:
"[Thor's maturity] is sort of the crux of the whole sequel and it’s what Hemsworth is most excited about diving into, and it’s what is the heart of story; it’s Thor and Jane, to continue that dynamic. Really they were only together for three days, and do they love each other? Do they like each other? Do they know each other? We’re acknowledging that that love story in the first movie was sort of a quick crush, essentially, over the course of three quick days in the middle of the desert. And [the heart of the movie is also] the relationship between Thor and Odin, which does change drastically as it did over the course of the first movie, and picks up and continues from there."
Over on SlashFilm, they had a chance to talk to Chris Hemsworth about Thor 2, and the son of Odin had some positive things to say about director Alan Taylor:
"I have read a script and we start shooting in August. I met with Alan Taylor a couple of months ago…I’m a big fan of the 'Game of Thrones' series, which is Alan’s latest work, and I think that is what’s exciting about the second one: making it sort of more tangible and having a more organic feel to Asgard and that world…I think of big waterfalls and mountains and a Viking influence, where the Norse mythology kind of grew from. Having that in Asgard is going to make it all the more special and that’s what Alan wants to bring to it."
Actor Chris Evans also spoke with Danger and revealed some key details about the likely plotline of Captain America 2 and Cap's continued connection to S.H.I.E.L.D.:
"I think they're going to try and push it in the direction of a political thriller. It picks up where we leave off with 'The Avengers.' And Captain Rogers goes back to working for S.H.I.E.L.D. That's all he knows. He understands the military, he understands serving his country, so he goes back to serving his country with S.H.I.E.L.D. But we've got some good new characters in there. I probably can't tell you too much more or I'll get in trouble."
Making his rounds across the interwebs, Feige also chatted with Huffington Post about the possibility of another singular Hulk movie after the green guy's crowd-pleasing antics in Avengers, but fans shouldn't get their hopes up:
"Well, no. ['The Avengers'] was the other shot. Right? I mean, this was the third appearance of Hulk and everything that we had and were going for, we put in to Hulk's appearance in Avengers. So, I love that people are saying [positive things about the Hulk in Avengers] and are feeling that way about Hulk, but mission accomplished at this point. And the way we go forward, we'll see. But it was a long road to get to this point. Although, I will say, after the [premiere] screening, I heard various arguments over who was their favorite. Which is my favorite thing: Arguing over what was the favorite moment or character. And the fact that so many of them are saying "Hulk" feels very, very good. Where we go next, we'll see. But we'll be very careful about it and deliberate — as we were in how we wanted to bring him back in Avengers."
Finally, CraveOnline spoke with Feige about the more obscure Marvel characters that could be making their way to the big screen in the near future. (The company still hasn't officially revealed their second movie that will be released in 2014.) Here's what he had to say about prioritizing their upcoming releases:
"I think whether it's 'Ant-Man,' or 'Dr. Strange,' or 'The Inhumans,' or 'The Guardians of the Galaxy'… [Feige is asked to clarify which version of the Guardians would be featured, and he continued with his response] Yeah. It's more Star-Lord and Drax and Gamora, and less Vance Astro and that team."
As for a sequel to The Avengers, Collider got Feige to reveal they've got an option on Joss Whedon to come back to write and direct a second superhero collaboration down the road, but that's so far away they're not in active discussions about that movie or the direction it'll take quite yet. That's it for now, but since all these projects are coming together little by little, stay tuned for all the forthcoming big screen endeavors coming from Marvel, and sequels for Avengers and each team member, with their own adventures coming our way soon enough. Which Marvel Studios sequel are you looking forward to the most?