Marvel’s Feige On “Guardians,” “Spider-Man” & Beyond

Marvel Studios opened the doors of its headquarters on the Walt Disney Studios lot in Burbank on Monday, allowing select members of the press attending the junket for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to not just see the film but check out a bunch of stuff from their upcoming slate.

Dailies from the just wrapping “Black Panther” were screened for press with a coronation scene for a bare-chested T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), a scene of Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) stealthily taking down a group of bad guys, and a scene with Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis) in a casino with an entourage and encountering Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman).

Director Taika Waititi was also on hand and revealed he will be playing a mo-cap role, a large rock-like gladiator named Korg in “Thor: Ragnarok”. However, the man everyone wants to talk to and use quotes from is Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige. In charge of everything involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige offered updates on a bunch of projects:

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Following James Gunn’s confirmation he will return to write and direct “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3,” Feige suggests Gunn’s relationship with Marvel could extend past that film:

“I think James, in particular, has an amazing connection with these characters and with this cosmic world. So he, I think, could easily oversee additional stories beyond Vol. 3. And I think has them and just continues to come up with them, which is cool. All of our core writers and filmmakers know what we are doing in other places and help give input on the various projects.”

Spider-Man
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man definitely makes an appearance in the fourth of the “Avengers” films along with his popping up in “Avengers: Infinity War”. Feige says right now the plans are for Spidey to appear in both upcoming “Avengers” films, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and the ‘Homecoming’ sequel in 2019 – “that’s as far as it goes for now.”

He also confirms they have no involvement with Spidey spin-offs for Venom and a Silver Sable/Black Cat and that the deal was made with Sony because: “we had a very particular plan about Spidey himself.”

Batgirl
Feige says he knew well ahead of most everyone else that “Avengers” helmer Joss Whedon was taking on “Batgirl” for Warners & DC, saying:

“He called a couple months ago, which he didn’t have to do and was super cool of him and super nice of him. And we couldn’t be more supportive. We want to see a Joss Whedon Batgirl film be awesome.”

Deadpool 2
Feige says there’s nothing wrong with Josh Brolin playing multiple comic book roles such as both Thanos in “Avengers” and Cable in “Deadpool 2”:

“We don’t have anything written into our contracts about other roles that people can do. Indiana Jones and Han Solo are the same person… it hasn’t been a problem. And I think Thanos and Cable are two very different characters.”