Still more comments keep dripping out from masters of milking it IGN UK and their interview with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige about upcoming projects.
Today, the topic turned towards iconic villains - specifically the potential return of Red Skull from "Captain America: The First Avenger" and the return/re-interpretation of The Mandarin from "Iron Man 3".
While Hugo Weaving has indicated he has no real interest in returning as Red Skull, the character's seeming demise at the end of that film was handled in a way it appeared as if he was thrown somewhere across the galaxy. Feige says that was deliberate to keep the option open, but there are no immediate plans as yet for his return:
"Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime... I honestly don't know when or where that would be."
As for The Mandarin and his controversial reveal in "Iron Man 3," Feige also says they're quite open to a 'real' version of the character popping up:
"There have been [talks]. That's one of the reasons we wanted to do the fun short that Drew Pearce wrote and directed. That was to clarify, 'Hey, just because we did this thing doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist.' And as we were making Iron Man 3 -- and I think Drew's spoken about this -- that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he's heard."
Feige goes on to say "Iron Man 3" suggests this in one key scene already:
"There's a little bit of that when he's doing his detective work in his lab after Happy's been injured outside the Chinese Theater. He's talking about, 'Okay, the Mandarin is taken from various iconographies and mythologies from across the world.' The idea was always there was somebody like this. There had been rumors of somebody like this, and Aldrich Killian just built on that, to make his version."