Kevin Feige Talks Marvel Cinematic Universe: Tackling Truth and Rumors

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After Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige presented the Marvel full movie schedule through 2019, including reveals about a Black Panther movie starring Chadwick Boseman, an Avengers “end game” with Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2, a Captain Marvel movie and so much more, the comic book movie house leader with the Midas touch met reporters to answer questions about the entire blockbuster day.

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With all the announcements that DC Comics and Warner Bros. made in regards to their superhero movie schedule recently, it would seem that Marvel convening us all here at the El Capitan Theatre for its superhero movie slate through 2019 was reactionary.

After following Marvel for just over a decade now, we knew that couldn’t be further from the truth. This is a company, under Feige, who has always had one eye on the future, and well into the future at that.

“We wanted to do this at Comic-Con this year, and things were not set. Things for Civil War were not set yet. Guardians of the Galaxy hadn’t come out yet. So, the comfort with dating a few of the other movies wasn’t set yet,” Feige revealed.

“We realized we weren’t going to be able to do everything we wanted to do, so we decided, ‘Okay, let’s do something we either haven’t done in a long time or had never done -- which is a singular event just to announce what we have when it’s ready.’ And I thought that might be early August, I thought that might be September, and it ended up being today.”

The rumors in the previous days were that a deal with Benedict Cumberbatch to be Doctor Strange was in place. But, it hasn’t been signed. We got to meet Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, but there was no Doctor Strange.

“I can say that if it were confirmed we would have introduced him today,” Feige said to questions about whether the actor will be the supernatural superhero. “Like everything else, that will be announced later this afternoon, next week, next month -- sometime before the release of the movie in November 2016.”

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Speaking of casting, we wondered who would play Captain Marvel? Guess that we have to have some patience on that one. “My guess is rumors will start flying this second,” Feige said and laughed.

Who will be confirmed first, he said, is more likely people behind the camera. “The initial announcement, in terms of attachments for that film, will probably be writer announcements and director announcements, which I do actually expect will be quite soon. In terms of the actress, I think there’s more time on that.”

It was announced that Black Panther and Captain Marvel will be getting their own solo movies, but Feige also let us know that we will first meet Black Panther beforehand in other films!

“He is definitively a big part of Civil War. We will meet him for the first time in Civil War, in costume,” Feige said.  

Speaking of Civil War, the studio head cautioned that although the story is rooted in the comics, this is Civil War via Marvel Studios, not Marvel Comics.

“Make no mistake, this is the Civil War of the Cinematic Universe, which will be greatly inspired by the Civil War of the comic universe, but we have different continuity going on,” Feige said. “So this will be Civil War, based off of all the other films that you’ve seen up till this point -- particularly Winter Soldier and particularly Age of Ultron.”

Well, then, how will Feige’s Civil War work?

“I don’t want to give too much away, but needless to say -- the generalities of the act are the same," Feige said.

"Something happens -- perhaps it’s cumulative through things that have happened through all of the movies leading up to this point that has made the governments of the world say, ‘We need to have some oversight of these guys. They need to report to somebody.’”

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