Marvel’s Feige On “Ultron,” “Captain Marvel”

Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige continues doing press rounds for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and today he spoke about the titular villain of the “The Avengers” sequel – Ultron.

Feige praises James Spader’s portrayal of the iconic character and also touched upon the change-up of The Avengers line-up in future films:

“Introducing the new characters is going to be a lot of fun for the movie. That ever-changing roster is very important in the Avengers comics, and so how do we start to play with that [on the big screen]?

Also our bad guy is great. I think people are going to very, very excited to see what we’re doing with the voice that Joss [Whedon] is bringing to life with James Spader for Ultron.

We love Ultron from the comics, and have always loved Ultron, and at no point do we want him to just be a robot. We want him to have an extreme personality and attitude, and James Spader is doing an unbelievable job.

Again, for us it’s always about subverting expectations. Whenever you think you know what’s coming next, we surprise people or deliver it in a slightly unexpected way. And Spader is doing that with Mr. Ultron.”

Feige was also asked about the issue that Marvel still gets a lot of flack for – the lack of female superhero films. Feige admits there are currently no plans for one, and even expressed a reluctance to do a “Black Widow” standalone film because the character is so integral to both “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron”.

“What people are really saying is ‘When are you doing a standalone female superhero movie?’ The answer is: I don’t know. We only do two a year, we know more or less what’s coming up through ’16/’17. With Widow what’s great is the interaction with all the team members, and the question is whether we want to pluck her out of that.

I’m very proud of the way the Marvel movies handle the female characters who are in all the movies we are making, as opposed to feeling the pressure of ‘When are you doing a female movie?’

Frankly if we do a Black Widow movie after Age of Ultron, when she’s been central in three or four movies I don’t think we’d get the quote unquote credit for it. People would say ‘She’s already a big giant superhero!’ But if we had a great idea, we’d do it.”

One possibility is that of the current Carol Danvers-version of Captain Marvel to which Feige says: “We’ve talked a lot about [Captain Marvel]. I think that would be very cool.”