Have you ever wondered who is behind the great movies you’ve seen on the big screen or maybe in the comfort of your home with your family? Well during my trip to LA we were able to interview Director Joss Whedon and now Kevin Feige who is the producer of the new movie Avengers Age Of Ultron in Theaters May 1rst!
Interview With Producer Kevin Feige
Just an FYI I might or might not be an unofficial new Avengers Hero. No, not really but it would have been cool BUT in all seriousness, this was an awesome photo I was able to take during my trip to LA.
Which I’m pretty sure my kids will never let me live down. At least I was fighting on the good heroes side and trying to save humanity. Jumping right into our interview with Kevin Feige we will start off with a great question of why this is no end credit scene to the movie.
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Avengers: Age of Ultron Interviews
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Interview with Jeremy Renner and Cobie Smulders
Interview with James Spader and Paul Bettany
Interview with Director Joss Whedon
Question: Why is there no end-credit scene? What’s the story behind that?
Kevin Feige: Well, why is there no end-credit scene? Well, there’s a mid-credit scene, as we call it, and we’ve always really said if 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 aping the scene at the end of it.
This version of the story really culminates where it does at the end of the film and with the mid-credits. And everything we 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?
Question: Without the movies and Shield and everything, how many people are on the team that keeps everything straight?
Kevin Feige: Well there’s a television division; there’s a studio, division and there’s a solid brain trust of seven or eight of us at the studio that oversees each of the films. And then beyond that, of course, dozens and then hundreds, and then thousands, eventually, on each production.
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Question: In the movie, the team is very cohesive. How much time lapses in between the movies where these actors work together?
Kevin Feige: I’m not sure we ever directly say it, but we always sorta thought it. It’s, 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 backstories 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.
Question: Are we going to see Spiderman make an appearance in the Civil War?
Kevin Feige: Well you know, you’ve heard the announcements we’ve teamed up with Sony to bring Spidey into our universe and, and doing a new Spidey film in 2017, but I think we’re being less than specific about, about where we’ll, where we’ll see him first.
Question: In general, sometimes people dread spinoffs and sequels, but how does it feel to actually have a fan base that can’t wait for the next release from the studio?
Kevin Feige : It feels great, obviously, and I do think spin offs and things like that when you’re dealing with certain properties, I think I need one thing and can somehow get a bad connotation of meaning. Oh, there’s something that had a little story potential that was interesting, so now they’re gonna try to build the whole big story about it.
Well, at Marvel, their big story is about everyone that goes back, you know, fifty years and through hundreds of comic issues. So for us, it’s all just exciting.
And what’s really exciting is that the comic fan base was one thing- it’s the solid foundation of everything we do, but now it’s increased dramatically with the film base and with the film fans it gives us a certain amount of pressure and sleepless nights to deliver on expectations each time.
But it’s also knowing that people are so excited about, what’s next. And we often have to go, never mind what’s next. Take a look at this because we do want each of the films and Age of Ultron’s our eleventh, Marvel Cinematic Universe film.
We want each of them to stand alone whether you’ve seen the other ten films or not. We believe each film works as a beginning, middle, end into and unto itself. And we worked very hard to do that. All we’re interested in is making one singular great movie at a time.
Question: Do you have somebody in the Marvel Universe that you really wanna bring in the stories or anything that you haven’t yet?
Kevin Feige: Of characters? Well, 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 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 a testament to the Marvel comics and how deep its bench is that there’s still hundreds of great characters that we haven’t even touched yet.
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Question: What was it like to bring in Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch into this movie?
Kevin Feige: It was great. I mean they’re key Avengers characters in the books. 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, 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 an argument or the other side of the law that you know through a great Marvel redemptive arc become heroes. We wanted to do that in an Avengers movie.
Question: Were you big in the Marvel comics as a kid, and did you have, a favorite character when you were little?
Kevin Feige: I was more into movies as a kid and 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 superheroes, 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 the 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 fun bringing him to life after some kids didn’t hear of him when I chose him in the backyard thirty two years ago.