At an Avengers: Age of Ultron event at the Hero Complex art installation celebrating the release, Kevin Feige made a surprise appearance and held a Q&A where lots of marvelous details have emerged about whats coming in the MCU, creative diversity, integrating heroes like Spider-Man, and the intersection of television shows with movies.
TV crossovers will eventually happen:
Kevin Feige: I think that’s inevitable at some point as we’re plotting the movies going forward. Schedules do not always match up to make that possible. They’re more nimble and faster and are able to produce things more quicker than we do. That’s one of the reasons you can feel the effects of The Winter Solider or Age of Ultron on the show(s). Going forward and certainly as they tend to do more shows and cast as such great actors as they have — particularly on the Daredevil show — that may occur.
Would Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin potentially appear in a Spider-Man movie?
Feige: I don’t know probably. That would be the cool thing to do. That particular scenario has not come up.
Matching writers/directors with to fit the voices and visions for Marvel properties:
Feige: We always usually have a kernel of an idea of what we want a story to be or even just the tonality of a particular movie to be. I’m hiring a lot of filmmakers right now. It really comes down to numerous meetings. John Watts is the most recent one on Spider-Man. Numerous meetings where we sort of pitch them what we think the movie should be. Then we start a discussion. If, over the course of three or four or five meetings, they make it way better than what we were initially spewing to them, they usually get the job.
On Captain Marvel getting her own film and authentic representation of diverse characters:
Feige: Part of it, too, is that Cap says, ‘They’re not the ’27 Yankees.’ If Captain Marvel is there (At end of Age of Ultron), what are we saying about her? There’s a notion that they — Wanda and Vision and, I think to a lesser extent, Falcon and Rhodey — need to learn what it means to be a team.
Well I think there is always concern. If Joss were here, he’d tell you all about that. We know what Black Widow was and what she is clearly saying in the scene. There is always that pressure. There’s that pressure with all the characters, characters that are this loved and this respected. There’s always been the pressure of ‘Let’s not screw it up’. That exists with Black Panther, that exists with Captain Marvel, and Spider-man as anyone else. Then there’s the added pressure and responsibility of staying current with the times. Of representing on that big screen what exists in the world around us. That’s something we’re excited to do. We want the movies to get to a point where they’re ahead of the curve on all those issues as well and I think we’ll get there sooner than you might expect.
Spider-Man’s integration and the possibilities of other Marvel heroes being brought into future projects:
Feige: Making that deal with Amy (Pascal) and Michael Lynton and Tom Rothman at Sony was just great, It was really amazing. On a personal level, making these movies, it means a lot because I think that we can do great things with Spider-Man. I think Spider-Man can serve a great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That’s what’s unique about him in the comics. It’s not that he’s only super hero in the world. It’s that he’s a totally different kind of super hero than can compare against all the other ones in the Marvel Universe. The short answer is: the most important thing is the stand alone movie, relaunching Spider-Man with a stand alone movie with a new story line that fits into this universe–that’s job number one for us. And as is the case, the connectivity is great but it doesn’t drive the train. That being said,this has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we always had contingency plans–which we always do anyways. Are we going to be able to make another movie with this actor? If we are then we’ll do this, if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character that’d be great, then we’d do this, if not, we’d do this. So we always sort of operate with those alternate timelines available and are ready to shift if something happens.