Feige Talks “Iron Man 3” & “Avengers” Focus

The biggest complaints about “Iron Man 2” centered around much of the runtime being devoted to setting up “The Avengers”. Now, Marvel chief Kevin Feige tells Film Journal that the focus of the upcoming third film will be back where it belongs – on Tony Stark.

“Audiences will see that Tony Stark is going back into his own world. There will be acknowledgements to the events of ‘The Avengers’ and the character journey he took there, but he’s not going to be having tea with Thor and calling Nick Fury every five minutes” says Feige, confirming the film will be more of a stand alone and self-contained entry.

Feige also says that “The Avengers” won’t have the issues of “Iron Man 2” because it aims to balance out the character ensemble – “The first step in avoiding that was hiring Joss [Whedon, writer-director]. If you look at his body of work, he regularly writes for lots of characters. ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ may be called ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ but it’s really an ensemble piece and none of the characters ever get lost in the spectacle of whatever is going on. The stuff we’ve shot [so far on THE AVENGERS] is cutting together spectacularly and it’s just the character interactions that we’ve done so far we haven’t shot much of the action sequences yet. I think the end result is going to feel very, very satisfying.”