President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has been talking a lot about the Marvel Cinematic Universe lately, and its not just about Guardians of the Galaxy whichs lands in just over a week. With all of this Feige-speak a lot of topics have been covered. Here's a small taste of what he recently had to say (and what he did not have to say).
On the villainous side, Feige played a bit coy about the possibility of some bad guys returning. In an interview with IGN, Feige was open to the possibility of Captain America: The First Avenger's Red Skull returning:
"…the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime."
He did add, "I honestly don't know when or where that would be." It probably does not help that the actor who played the Skull is not all that interested in reprising his role.
Feige also spoke about the controversial villain of Iron Man 3, the Mandarin. Speaking on the somewhat duplicitous take on the character, "just because we did this thing doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist" and "that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he's heard." Furthermore:
"The idea was always there was somebody like this. There had been rumors of somebody like this, and Aldrich Killian just built on that, to make his version."
"…you look at his face and the performances he gives, he could be Thanos without any effects. He has that kind of face and that kind of gravitas to it.
We reached out to him [Josh Brolin] and it was one of those things that does not happen all the time but when it does it’s very nice, where he was totally intrigued. He was a fan of what we did, he met with Jeremy Latcham in a hotel in London and learned about the characters a little bit. I spoke to him on the phone a few times. We ran it by James who loved it, ran it by Joss who loved it because Thanos is in this universe because of Avengers. Then we shot him and recorded for it."
So we know that Brolin will play Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy. Does that mean he will be back for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Feige was coy about this too, but when asked if Brolin had to sign for a multi-picture deal he said, "Usually people do, yes."
During the interview, the subject of the deleted scenes (apparently there were many) of Guardians of the Galaxy came up:
"Well, there are deleted scenes. I think we basically went through them recently for the Blu-ray together and said, “They’re all cool. They’re all worth seeing the light of day. It was all smart to have them not be in the body of the film.” Whether they’re presented in a quote-in-quote extended cut or in a sidebar of deleted scenes, I’m not sure exactly. We can play with it."
When asked if he'd consider an extended cut for the theaters, Feige seemed non-commital:
"We haven’t but I think as film technology gets to a point where you could just do something like that in a room like this and digitally send it to theaters for a week and the cost of distribution isn’t that high, maybe we could start doing things like that."
However, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn crashed the interview (and though not talking about an extended cut for theaters) and did react positively to doing another edit:
"I actually think it would be fun to do a version with some deleted scenes. I think it’d be cool."
"The thing about this movie that’s the most interesting in terms of the deleted scenes compared to other movies I’ve worked on, is on other movies we deleted scenes because they didn’t work, we changed something about them. In this one, we have a few deleted scenes that are really good in and of themselves. They slow down the pace of the movie a little bit but you can easily believe that those are things that happened off camera."
Regarding future Marvel movies, Feige indicated he knew what the titles were of the five movies recently dated through 2019 and hinted that some announcements may depend on contracts being signed. This appears to be the case for who will be playing Doctor Strange though it was not explicitly stated. Asked about Robert Downey Jr. being in Marvel movies beyond the upcoming Avengers sequel, Feige simply said "Of course anything’s a possibility. Who the heck knows?"
He did reveal that Thor 3 was currently being outlined, so it is in its development stages.
Finally, when asked for any teases about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Feige simply said "We’ll talk in a week from now."