Wih Iron Man hitting US cinemas this week, and the film already making the expected huge amounts of money all over the world, you can forgive Marvel head Kevin Feige for taking a moment to look ahead in Phase Two and discuss other outings on their schedule.
And, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, that is exactly what he has done.
Up first is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. When we last saw Steve Rogers, he had just led the superhero ensemble into battle and victory in New York. But what does the future hold for for The First Avenger?
“So Cap does stay with S.H.I.E.L.D. because he has nowhere else to go. But he’s not necessarily comfortable there. As you might imagine, somebody who’s spent 70 years in ice, frozen, wakes up and has to fight a bunch of aliens with a bunch of weirdos—he is trying to figure out what his life is.
Just as he’s given permission to let go of the past and to focus on the modern world… a ghost comes up.
With the greatest generation in World War II, there’s a tendency to reflect on that period and say. ‘Things were black and white back then, and now it’s hard to know who the bad guys are. We wanted to play on that a little with Cap being uncomfortable with the way S.H.I.E.L.D., and in particular Nick Fury, operates.
Fury certainly rides a line, sort of rides the shadows. He has, I think, lied to every character in every movie, though always for seemingly for the good.”
But if Captain America is going to raise some questions, that’s nothing compared to what else Marvel have planned. Guardians of the Galaxy, hardly the most mainstream of their titles, is undoubtedly going to be a risk for the studio. But it is one, Feige says, that they are ready to take.
“Guardians takes place within the continuity of the [other movies] but it’s on the other side of the universe. We’ve always wanted to do a space movie. I’m obsessed with Star Wars, I’m obsessed with Star Trek.”
It’s a huge story on a massive canvas. We can take it to all those crazy places as long as all the characters respond in an emotionally truthful way. That’s why I believe people are going to respond to Chris Pratt and to an alien Zoë Saldana—because they did respond to that one time before [with Avatar]. And to a tree and a raccoon who, it is certainly our intention, will steal the whole movie.”
But before the raccoon can “steal the whole movie”, there will be some human characters to introduce. Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista are already confirmed for the film, and Feige explained why those men got their respective roles.
“[Pratt’s] a hilariously frumpy, doofy guy in Parks and Rec, and he’s an incredibly kickass ripped guy in Zero Dark Thirty and that’s pretty awesome. He’s going to need that in Guardians. That’s a big range right there. We did a lot of auditions, a lot of screen tests, just as we did for Thor, just as we did for Cap. [Pratt] was hilarious, he was moving, he was … you bought him in the early versions of the outfit.”
“One of the reasons Bautista got the part was because his banter, and ad libs, and screen tests with Pratt were awesome.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will release on April 1 2014, while Guardians of the Galaxy drops four months later in August.
Source: Entertainment Weekly