Marvel Chief On Why They Build In Reshoots

Reshoots. There’s often a stigma attached to what has become a common occurrence in major blockbuster filmmaking. Whilst the additional filming can be to shore up some narrative deficiencies, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige tells Bad Ass Digest that it is a big part of their process. In fact, it was the Making of Star Wars books by JW Rinzler that gave Feige the confidence to do them:

“I’m reading the part in Jedi where George (Lucas) is finding the movie in the cut. It happened in Empire, and it happened in Star Wars. You’ve heard about those famous early screenings where people were like, ‘Poor George. His career is over.’ That brings great solace to me when we screen our movies for the first time and they’re terrible and they’re a big mess. I remind myself to get calm and proceed. Post is my favorite part, because it’s easiest to find what’s wrong with the movie when you’re watching the movie.”

Joss Whedon may have wrapped “Avengers: Age of Ultron” earlier this week, but Feige confirms the studio already has the cast members locked in for additional shooting – something that’s now a regular thing on Marvel movies.

“We always build in two weeks because the hardest thing about the additional photography is the actors’ schedules, wrangling the actors. So we just build it in. We’ve done some movies that have three days of reshoots, some that have fifteen days, twenty days if not more.

Sometimes we know what we need by that point and sometimes we’re wrangling them anyway. There’s a shot in Thor: The Dark World we call the Three Continent shot. It’s one shot, with three different actors in it, that was done on three different continents.

Additional photography is invaluable. Sometimes it’s to fix something that’s not working, but most of the time on our movies it’s two-fold: sometimes a better or more exciting idea will come along, or more often something will come out of the movie – because it’s too long or the movie is stronger without a particular beat or scene or shot, and you need connective tissue.”

It’s presently not known when ‘Ultron’ will begin its reshoots.