Ahead of the release of “Ant-Man,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has talked quite extensively with THR about how the film closes out ‘Phase Two’ and sets up ‘Phase Three’ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and where things might go beyond that.
Though the anticipation for “Ant-Man” is not anything like some other Marvel hero titles in recent years, Feige says the film’s importance in the greater scheme of things cannot be underestimated:
“The truth is, there is so much in Ant-Man: introducing a new hero, introducing a very important part of technology in the Marvel universe, the Pym particles. Ant-Man getting on the Avengers’ radar in this film and even – this is the weirdest part, you shouldn’t really talk about it because it won’t be apparent for years – but the whole notion of the quantum realm and the whole notion of going to places that are so out there, they are almost mind-bendingly hard to fathom. It all plays into Phase Three.”
He also spoke about the upcoming “Captain America: Civil War” and more specifically how the new Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, works into those plans. First up he confirms the agreement between Sony and Marvel will allow some Marvel characters to show up in the Sony “Spider-Man” movies.
Describing the standalone “Spider-Man” film he says it’s “definitely a Sony picture, produced by Marvel Studios” and says that the arrangement hasn’t been creatively restrictive:
“We just look at it as having additional team members. We wouldn’t want to do it if we couldn’t do it in the way we’ve done all the other movies, and I think that’s what Sony wants from us.”
One surprising piece of casting on ‘Civil War’ was that of returnee William Hurt to the role of General Ross, a role he last played in 2009’s “The Incredible Hulk”. In a new interview with IGN, Hurt admits that though it is the same character, the one that is appearing in ‘Civil War’ will be quite different to his previous take on the role:
“I loved playing Ross the first time because I was able to try and create an ego as big as the monster he was chasing. And one that was as warped too. [Ross in Civil War] is different because it’s a different style. It’s a more modernized style. And what they’ve done is they’ve taken a character who was the Ross from the older film and made a new version. This is a much newer Ross. A much different Ross. And I liked that a lot. I haven’t had a lot of time to understand it, but I’m doing the best I can. And they haven’t fired me yet.”
“Captain America: Civil War” is continuing production in Atlanta ahead of an early 2016 release.