It’s been a pretty horrific slog to get through the first two months of this year, with things finally picking up over the next few weeks. That means we’re now less than two months away from things really picking up, as summer starts early with Iron Man 3 on May 3rd, and from there Marvel starts a new wave of Phase 2 films.
And as we hear the rumors and watch from afar as Warner Bros. figures out their DC superhero film agenda, the difference between a stable of character that are merely overseen by a larger film studio with other interests, and a stable of characters produced by a studio that’s only job is to make movies around them is quite stark (no pun intended). Kevin Fiege is man very much at the center of Marvel’s end of that paradigm, as the producer is one of the primary brains behind everything the studio does, and is as responsible as anyone for Marvel’s shared-universe success on the big screen.
All of this to say that if you’re a Marvel fan, when the man opens his mouth you probably want to hear what comes out. Speaking with SFX magazine, he most recently had some fun things to say about how the Marvel universe is going to evolve, and how some of its upcoming sequels will be different from their predecessors, check it out:
“I wouldn’t say that in a broad sense. The Thor film and the Guardians Of The Galaxy film certainly are cosmic. Guardians and Thor will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly Guardians, which is 95% in space. I think Iron Man 3 shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey.
And Captain America will showcase… What’s exciting to me about Cap – sort of about Iron Man 3 too if you look at it – is it’s tonally almost like a different genre. Shane Black’s described Iron Man 3 as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie. Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.”
He had a bit more to say about Guardians of the Galaxy as well, essentially assuring audiences that their first film will largely be a stand-alone adventure that is not overly concerned with The Avengers or setting up a sequel to the same. So sure they share a universe and might be getting an interesting visit (spoilerish link) when all is said and done, but hopefully that means Guardians won’t suffer from setup syndrome like, say, Iron Man 2.
Definitely worth grabbing the next issue to catch the whole interview- it hits stands on Wednesday.