Kevin Feige Says Thanos Actor Has Been Cast; Talks New ‘Ant-Man’ & ‘Cap 3′ vs. ‘Batman vs. Superman’

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After working for years as a producer on Marvel movies made by other studios (X2, Hulk, Spider-Man 2, etc.), Kevin Feige became President of Marvel Studios in 2007 and has since developed and overseen the insanely successful and influential Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Not only did Marvel create the first shared universe between their superhero films, but almost every one of their movies has been consistently successful. The Avengers was the first Marvel film to gross over a billion dollars, and Iron Man 3 soon followed. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, their ninth and latest film, is currently sitting at the top of the box office for its third week in a row.

Feige’s legacy at Marvel Studios has been firmly cemented, but this hasn’t stopped him from continuing to push for bigger and better films. Speaking with Empire Magazine, Feige teased a few of those bigger and better films. Specifically, Edgar Wright’s upcoming Ant-Man and its connection to The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He also commented on Batman vs. Superman moving to the same weekend as Captain America 3.

But first, Feige confirmed not only that Thanos will appear in this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy, he also hinted at the casting, saying, “There is an actor. I’m not sure we want to announce it yet.” Which could mean one of two things, seeing as we don’t know how Thanos is going to be realized in Guardians.

If Thanos will again be created through CGI, then it’s possible the actor Feige is speaking of is another placeholder (like Damion Poitier in The Avengers). Then again, it’s only a matter of time before Thanos appears in the MCU in a meaningful way. If the studio has an actor in mind, why not bring him in as soon as possible and begin laying the groundwork for Thanos’ grand entrance? Feige doesn’t elaborate, so we might not know anymore until the release of Guardians.

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Moving on to Ant-Man, Feige reveals it’s a film that’s been key to the MCU for years, and in fact, it appears Ant-Man is what set a lot of their earlier films in motion:

“It was two things – a story Edgar wanted to tell that we’ll see with Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd, and now we’re 11 films in, it’s looking at the characters we’ve already introduced who already have the technology and the brains to do…certain things [laughs].

“We changed, frankly, some of the MCU to accommodate this version of ‘Ant-Man.’ Knowing what we wanted to do with Edgar and with ‘Ant-Man,’ going years and years back, helped to dictate what we did with the roster for ‘Avengers’ the first time. It was a bit of both in terms of his idea for the ‘Ant-Man’ story influencing the birth of the MCU in the early films leading up to ‘Avengers.’ “

This sure sounds like Wright was crucial to the inception of the MCU. It also sounds like Feige is implying that whomever’s responsible for Ultron – the “endearing and funny and strange” villain of The Avengers 2 - is someone we’ve already met, and that his creation is also related to Wright’s original Ant-Man pitch.

With such a vague comment it’s hard to be sure, but the current accepted theory is that Tony Stark will be the creator of Ultron. If Feige isn’t referring to Ultron, then perhaps he’s talking about Vision, another technologically advanced character expected in Avengers 2 and one with even closer ties to Tony.

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Whether Tony is responsible for Ultron, Vision, or both, it’s possible he doesn’t do the work alone. In the comics, it’s Hank Pym who is responsible for Ultron, so it isn’t out of the question to speculate the character will still play some role in Ultron’s creation in the MCU. If so, the consequences of that and the subsequent fallout from the events of Avengers 2 will surely factor into whatever Pym does in Ant-Man.

And truthfully, we don’t even know how large a role Pym has to play in Ant-Man. Feige explains the general jist of Rudd’s Scott Lang character and it gives the impression Ant-Man will focus almost entirely on his redemption arc from thief to hero:

“Look at that origin of the petty crook who comes into contact with a suit and does his best to make good, and then look at someone like Paul Rudd, who can do slightly unsavoury things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”

Leaving all this speculation aside, Feige is all too aware of the recent readjustment to Batman vs. Superman‘s release date and how it now pits the film against Captain America 3, but he isn’t fazed:

“We had the flag there first. What other people do and where has always been less of our concern. It’s about keeping our head down and doing what we would believe would be cool for an audience to see.”

And honestly, keeping their eyes on their on work and not bothering with what the “other people” are doing seems to be working out just fine for Marvel. Though it’s worth noting that Disney’s Alan Thorn recently said they werestruggling with” releasing Cap 3 at the same time as Batman vs. Superman, so it may not be up to Feige in the end.

Feige currently has a lot of spinning plates over at Marvel, but which are you most excited to finally see: Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy? Ultron in Avengers 2? Or Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man? Drop a line in the comments below!

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Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, and Ant-Man on July 17, 2015.

Source: Empire (via CBM, Latino Review)

TAGS: ant-man, captain america 3, guardians of the galaxy, the avengers 2

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  1. Is Ant-Man going to appear in Avengers 2?

    • I don’t believe so–wish he was, tho–hmmm, maybe if Stark makes Ultron, Pym could make Vision?! Anyways, one thing way at the top of my list is that i want to see Pym as Goliath and I want to see him soon. Avengers #3 if nothing else (I know that is not very soon, but…!). And Pym/Goliath can bring Wasp along with him! These are “key wants” for me, big-time!!

    • no

    • I’m pretty sure he won’t, but possibly in a mid- or post-credits scene he can.

    • Pym or Lang might get a mention or a brief cameo. Post credit scenes are a good bet! Guardians of the Galaxy recieved a push from Thor: The Dark World via credits.

  2. I thought they already had an actor for Thanos. The guy who voiced him for the avengers. Right?

    • Sorry, didn’t read the whole article yet. They should just use Damion Poitier again.

  3. Thanos will be played by Vin Diesel, who is also voicing Groot.

    • Will he be in costume or motion capture ?
      Vin Diesel certainly has the voice to pull it off

    • Thats exactly what i’m thinking

    • Sorry but they are not casting Vin twice in this movie. He plays Groot’s voice in this movie and did motion capture for Groot. The other project he was going to Marvel to talk about has not been announced. As much as I would like to see Vin play the bad guy Thanos, I just don’t think that is going to happen.

      But I could be wrong…

      • Exactly. Everyone knows Vin is Groot, so it’d be silly to have him voice Groot and Thanos.

        • Everyone knew John Rhys-Davies was playing Gimli, but he still voiced Treebeard.

          Of course, I think it’s unlikely Vin is playing Groot and Thanos, but it isn’t unprecedented for something like that to happen.

        • Don’t forget Paul Bettany voicing JARVIS and also playing Vision, even doing so in the same movie for Avengers 2.

    • Still hoping it’s Damon Poitier reprising the role. I’d rather see Vin as Black Bolt if he’s going to appear in live action form.

      • I second that. I can’t believe for once, I’m actually agreeing with you, lol.

        • For once?

          Dazz is one of the more respectable Scranters, he’s always made his opinions quite clear and brings strong points to the table when he discusses things.

          We aren’t really here to agree on things, but that would be nice. If we all came to one mutual understanding. And yet, it’d be boring if we did. I like the different viewpoints, it makes things so much more compelling to talk about. That is, of course, if you’re not a hardcore fanboy that spews the opinion of bandwagon and doesn’t back up the ideals that you preach.

          I’m not targeting you JayIsRight, but I’m merely offering my thoughts on Dazz and other members like him. Be glad that there are mature people on this site with solid thoughts, you don’t get that often anymore :)

          • Different viewpoints cause arguments. It would be better if we all agreed. Maybe then someone from marvel would notice what we all want. And as for Dazz, I agree he has clear points. But the guy hates the Avengers, and that automatically makes me dislike him. So….yeah.

      • thats what I have been hoping they’d let Mr. Poitier keep his job. Look at Doug Jones as Silver Surfer and Abe Sapien. I would like him to voiced by Timothy Dalton or Mel Gibson.

      • His name is Damion Poitier…. Theres no I in team but there is one in DAMION.

    • He is going to play Blackbolt.

  4. Can we just say Diesels playing both Groot and Thanos now, or do we have to wait for the statement?

    • I hope not. Deisel has never played a villain. I’m not so sure I’d like him as Thanos.
      Time will tell I guess.

      • Umm Riddick in the original Pitch Black? They turned him into more of a reluctant anti -hero in the sequels but in the original he is very much a villain (albeit with some glimmer or character growth towards the end, but just barely).

      • Pretty sure Diesel was considered the ‘villain’ or antagonistic-anti-hero in ‘Pitch Black’ but I guess you could also say the aliens were the villains

        • Riddick is pretty much the protagonist of all those movies. The antagonists were the aliens and the bounty hunter in Pitch Black.

  5. Alexis Denisof should come back.

  6. Ron Perlman for Thanos?

    • Ron Perlman for every villain ever.
      Namely Thanos for MCU and Slade for WB DCCU

      • To me Slade will always be Manu Bennett from Arrow

        • I second that. He just looks the part and looks menacing enough as well. CW did a great job in that casting choice

  7. That 2016 weekend battle is fascinating. One movie is coming from the most successful studio of the last decade and the other has the two biggest superheroes of all time going head-to-head. I think if BvS holds strong, Disney has to blink. The Difference is literally hundreds of millions of dollars in ticket sales for both franchises.

  8. Unfortunately, even if Cap 3 is amazing and BvS is absolute crap, everyone will still go and see BvS.

    The hype behind BvS is just way too high – all they have to do is release a trailer ending with Batman and Superman standing next to/opposite each other and they’ve just grabbed everyone’s attention. I hope WB moves first as so far Marvel has done almost everything right (say what you will about the quality of some parts of some of their films, but look at the box office figures) but WB has the upper hand in this one unfortunately.

    Don’t wanna sound like a DC hater because I’m not, I want both to succeed which won’t happen if they are released the same day.

    • You do realize WB is ALSO one of the most successful studios of the last decade right?
      And pretty much every decade before that too?

      • Making lots of money for shareholders and making good quality films are two different things.

        • WB has produced a countless number of quality films so I’m not quite sure where you’re getting at.

          • *what you’re getting at

    • Swing and a miss!

      Sorry! My reply was meant for the comment ABOVE yours! lol

      • Hahaha hate when that happens! All good :)

    • I love when people absolutely know for a fact that these things will happen 2 years in advance. As of right now, if both came out this weekend, and I had to only see one of them, I would see Cap and not BvS. I would wait for the next week to see BvS. Then again, honestly, comic fans will go see both wether it be opening weekend, or the following weekend.

      • Definitely. Only a fool would choose his stupid pride and side with one and refuse to see another LMAO. I’m just grateful there are superhero movies being made and are more than decent.

    • Guess what? I won’t be seeing BvS in theaters. I’ll wait for digital, as I did for MoS, and good thing I did because I was not a fan. Saw each of the Nolan films in theaters on release day, and mostly all the Marvel films. Marvel will always hold a precedence for me over any other film.

      I’m not an enthusiastic movie goer anyways. Most of the movies I see in theaters I’ve decided months in advance whether or not I think it’s worth going to see. Mostly big budget sci-fi films with lots of graphics. The only films I have left on my agenda for this year in theaters are ASM2, which I’m seeing this upcoming Monday in an advanced screening for free, nonetheless, DoFP (which I’m reconsidering), GotG,and Hobbit 3.

    • Although I think there is hype for BvS, I don’t think it’s as high as people make it out to be. I think the hype is high within the comic book community but when it comes to the general public(the important aspect when it comes to sales) it’s just meh. The same people who were excited in the beginning when it was first announced about BvS has now turned to “eh, the casting choices ruined my hype for the movie and I will see if my interest level goes up when the trailer comes out”. Now you ask those same people about Captain America 3 and the hype level is at an all time high. Marvel has the benefit of having a different movie each year and therefore that hype still continues on. In the end it won’t matter though because I think one of them is going to move. It just doesn’t make sense money wise on having them both open on the same day

      • Que? lol You have a movie that hasn’t shot a single frame yet vs a movie who’s successful predecessor just landed in the theater 3 weeks ago. Of course CA3 hype is gonna be huge amongst the general public lol. They JUST got done watching CA2 and loved it. TRUST ME, when that BvS train officially leaves the station next year the hype will be deafening.

      • dude you are full of it

  9. Could it be that Ultron originates from Stark/Jarvis and also that Jarvis originated from Pym working with Howard Stark a long time ago? I like that idea.

    Could this even tie in further back to the Fineas Horton ‘Torch’ we saw at the Captain America The First Avenger expo? He was a synthetic that had to have some sort of intelligence to function. In Ant Man are we finally going to see more backstory with the original Avengers (Howard, Pym, Fury, etc…)? Fury did say Howard was part of the original Avenger Initiative did he not?

    • When they are walking in the original shield lab on CAP 2 it is implied that he was. Same on the agent carter short.

  10. I can see them casting Ron Perlman or Clancy Brown as Thanos

    • As much as I love Ron (and I have since Beauty and the Beast), I think he is too old to be pulling much off physically now. Clancy would be cool in my book and throwing him a bone in a Marvel movie would be cool, too.

  11. I wish they’d just keep Damion Poitier.

  12. Dwayne Johnson

  13. Haha that Human Torch in Cap 1 was such a tease!! Would’ve been awesome and funny if he debuted too and Steve made a little banter to reference his being HT in the past!
    Back on topic, Vin Diesel could play both parts if Feige wanted him to; they can just manipulate his voice a little bit for Groot given he has one line and will probably be said a few times throughout the film.
    Don’t know who else can play Thanos, though Damion Poiteir gave a menacing feeling when he was placeholder for our most anticipated Titan!

  14. After I saw Zola in Captain America: The Winter Soldier I thought that if he could transfer his consciousness to a Computer, maybe it was using the same technology that could transfer the original Jarvis (Edwin Jarvis) into a computer to “take care” of Tony Stark (considering that the MCU Jarvis has personality). With that in mind, perhaps a dormant code implanted by Pym or Stark could trigger Jarvis becoming something else in terms of personality. (After Iron Man 3 it became pretty clear that there’s no need to have someone inside the suits to operate them and Jarvis could easily be controlling one any time, so is not a big surprise that he “becomes” a robot)

  15. So many of these characters could appear in button scenes tailing GOTG or Avengers2 ie Vision, Hank Pym, Thanos, in fact now I’m really excited to see the GOTG button scene(s)

  16. would it be okay if i choose all 3? getting ready for Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy? Ultron in Avengers 2? Or Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man is crazy and exciting! i can’t wait!

  17. I heard rumours Josh Brolin was cast.

  18. Call me crazy but, in my opinion Captain America 2 wasn’t exactly a blow-your-mind kind of movie. For me it wasn’t an improvement on CA1. If CA3 is going to have the same tempo, BvS is going to gobble up its collections along with Feige’s over confidence.

    • Calling you crazy. Look at the box office…its destroying….look at the ratings, its destroying…

      • Twilight series did great box office but were basically trashy movies with no repeat value. Not that CA2 is bad it was just not as good as the first one and definitely not mind blowing as Feige envisions CA3 to be. Reviews can be biased, so there is that. Moreover, the sequel was always going to make more moolah after Avengers came through.

        The public curiosity/loyalty has always been a factor in pulling in money. For now it is just seems that BvS is way bigger in terms of fanbase and curiosity as compared to CA3. As of now, I don’t know if I will see CA3 in the theater but would definitely go to the theater to see BvS just to see the stalwarts of DC side by side. I don’t care how the movie turns out. However, eventually I think many people will end up seeing both in the theaters.

        • Ratings can be biased? Yes but doesn’t that sound a bit too much like a conspiracy theory. The only bias I can see here is that of your view towards Marvel and DC. You did just call yourself a DC stalwart and say you ‘don’t care how the movie turns out’. And after just saying that Cap 2 rode on the ‘moolah’, whatever that is, of ‘The Avengers’ don’t you think Cap 3 could do the same with Avengers 2? If you consider Cap 2 worse/ not as good as Cap 1 then how can you judge the wider audiences view on BvsS when you don’t share the opinions of the common public. To get to the point, I don’t know whether you’re wrong on what will happen but please rethink your reasoning. No offence meant by the way.

  19. I can’t wait until GotG, but I’m almost more excited about the button scenes.

  20. From Feige’s comments about Antman, I think we are going to see flashback scenes with Howard Stark and Hank Pym working together and it will ultimately still be Hank Pym that was the initial creator of the AI technology that becomes Jarvis/Ultron/Vision.

    • If they are using Scott Lang as Ant-Man then I would hope that they have some ideal of showing not just mentioning Hank Pym and that he worked with Howard Stark would be awesome also would like to see more of the howling commandos really like how they incorperated agent Trip in MAOS series as a relative of one of the howling commandos.

  21. In the end its business. Two giant movies both with superheroes are not good for business. Why? Because they have to divide up the limited high rev Imax, 3D etc theaters so neither gets as MANY screens as possible on their first weekend of release which is critical and absolutely crucial for revenues. One of them will move when the time comes, too much rides on maximizing returns in the first week especially for these massive tentpole films. Cannibalizing on each other is stupid business. Its just that simple. The DC/Marvel argument is irrelevant, its dollars and cents that matters, not just for the sucess of each film BUT ensuring that profits are maximized to guarrantee a healty superhero film ecosystem and as such the impetus in creating more of these films that we all collectively love to watch.

    • It is just business. Marvel set the bar high with The Avengers. WB is gunning for that crown of top comic book movie. They are pulling out all of the stops with BVS, but I am in shock that nobody at WB has figured out that they will take away from their own ticket revenue by trying to stick to this release date. Most famlies cannot drop $50-$100 to see two superhero movies on the same weekend. CA3 will still pull in 200-250 million because it is whats trending right now, and many will argue that Marvel currently has the better product. WB is only hurting their own ticket sales. A move that is flat out foolish on their part.

  22. Right now, Guardians of The Galaxy is my the one I am most excited about seeing. Chris Pratt and Rocket Raccoon have got me very, very intrigued – Ant Man seems too far away for me to get too excited, but, then Avengers 2 is going to be great so, obviously, my excitement for each project has to be on a sliding scale of what comes out next… I agree with the Manu Bennett being Slade now and forever in my mind he has been doing such a great job on Arrow. Am I alone in being *really* impressed by the actor (Kevin Alejandro) who plays Brother Blood on Arrow? He would make a fine addition to the MCU in some way.

  23. ” We had our flag there first.”……..pffffft!

  24. I was already intrigued by the GotG movie coming out this year, this news just prompts me to proclaim “Shut up and take my money already!”.
    Using the same actor for Thanos would be preferred, but they’ve guaranteed a couple of ticket sales from me for this one regardless of who they get to play him.
    I’m still wondering who they will get to play Adam Warlock? Anyone interested in weighing in on who they think should portray the leader of the infinity watch?
    Dare I even suggest the eventual appearance of the Magus?

  25. Thanos is being played by Vin Diesel…I would honestly be shocked if it was not him. He says three words as Groot…the merging of franchise thing he was talking about was Guardians and Avengers.

  26. We are excited for all Marvel films and the way they are being released. We as fans don’t have to worry about which one we want to watch first. They know what they are doing.

    Unlike WB, whose shareholders panic and make the director change what was supposed to be a sequel to MoS into an aberration of a film.

  27. Stay with me; imagine how much more money Avatar could have made in it’s opening weekend if half the northeastern seaboard wasn’t without power due to an ice storm from hell. & there were only about half of the number of IMAX theaters in the US we have today. There was a mere two million dollar difference between it’s first two weekends.
    Now, do the math. Every dollar CA3 makes is a dollar less for MOS2. Marvel DOES NOT have to out gain WB to win this head-to-head. WB is so much more riding on their film, expectations are by far higher. Cap3 doesn’t have to make any were near a billion to be a success, BvS probably needs to come close to warrant the next step in their universe being JL assembled. Personally, I will be seeing both on opening weekend, perhaps even both that Friday, likely MOS2 first & each multiple times if me like. But as a die hard(not to be confused with a fan of Die Hard), my wish is for the maximum amount of success for each. WB has to swallow it’s pride & come to it’s senses, blink first if you will so our collective nerdgasms will continue for years to come…

    • people will go see both. I saw Cap 2 Thursday night at 8:30 and I would happily see Cap 3 at 8:30 and walk straight from that room to the BvS room and watch superhero movies until my eyes bleed. Families will probably see one Friday and the other Saturday. There’s nothing to worry about.

    • Isn’t MOS 2 a pseudo JL movie? CAP 3 will prob be another S.H.I.E.L.D film with an ensemble cast as well (Avengers 2.5). If QB does not move both companies will lose tens of millions of dollars. They are a limited number of I MAX and 3 D screens available.

  28. I’m still baffled at comments that state rumor and possibilities as fact. It is a possibility that Tony Stark creates Ultron, but not a fact. And there isn’t anything to suggest Vin Diesil will play Thanos. You know how Stephen (Dr.) Strange was mentioned in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but wasn’t actually in it? Isn’t it possible that this could be the same with the creation of Ultron? Speculation of this uber powerful robot is bandied about and someone mentions Hank Pym. See how that works? Hank Pym isn’t in the movie, but he still creates Ultron. Just saying.

  29. TIMOTHY DALTON IS THANOS!!

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