Kevin Feige Interview: Ant-Man and the Wasp

Kevin Feige is the man who has ushered in the Marvel era of superhero films.  He has been a producer on all of Marvel Studios movies. Screen Rant sat down with Kevin to try and get the latest Marvel secrets from him.  His most recent film, Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, hits theaters July 6, 2018.

Screen Rant: Yeah. First of all, this movie is fantastic. I had so much fun with it. Let me tell you right now, I think the Wasp is probably my favorite superhero.

Kevin Feige: Wow, wow.

Screen Rant: Evangeline really knocks it out of the park.

Kevin Feige: Yes.

Screen Rant: How long was this idea floating around in your head with the Ghost and Sonny Burch in particular? Those aren't characters that I would normally think like, oh, wow, that's going to be the next villain.

Kevin Feige: Yeah. Well, the notion of Wasp obviously was, from the very beginning and from the start and the first movie. Someone said the first movie is about the fact that she should be the Wasp.

Screen Rant: Right.

Kevin Feige: And, her saying, it's about damn time. That was the first premise of it. The notion of those villains in particular was later, came about during the development process with our producer Steven Broussard and of course Peyton Reed and our writers trying to find villains that were not ... we knew this movie was coming right after Infinity War and the whole notion of this movie was to be fun and to be family and to be much lighter in tone. Therefore, villains that were both humorous on one side and then villainess with a purpose on the other. I guess Thanos had a purpose too.

Screen Rant: He definitely had a purpose.

Kevin Feige: A more personal, she's in pain, she is the tragic figure of the Ghost.

Screen Rant: Right. It's interesting that you said that because I thought this was the perfect change of pace right after Infinity War.

Kevin Feige: That was the idea.

Screen Rant: Perfect change of pace. It's funny because you mention the family aspect. I love The Incredibles and it very much reminds me of the Marvel's Incredibles. It's interesting. One thing I have to ask you because I thought Randall Park was amazing, knocked it out of the park, no pun intended. He was great, and Jimmy Woo's character, him and Paul Rudd's banter. Wonderful. When are we ever going to get the Agents of Atlas spin-off or Marvel short. I've got to see more of Randall Park.

Kevin Feige: It would be great, it would be great. He's amazing, and he killed every scene he was in. We kept putting him in more and more and more scenes, particularly those scenes with he and Paul. He's great. It would be great to see Jimmy Woo again.

Screen Rant: The thing that I love about all these group of characters is the family aspect of it. Cassie ... the through line throughout this ... one thing I love about Ant-Man just in general is that he's not a superhero out of like tragedy or anything like that. He's just there to help his friends and help his family. I really love that about him. That through line that he has with Cassie in the family plot, I thought was brilliant. It always is great. It's the heart of the story. But, Cassie does foreshadow this kind of like, I want to be his partner type thing. Do you think that we'll ever get the Young Avengers because Cassie and Stature, that goes hand in hand.

Kevin Feige: We love that Cassie in this movie in particular is inspired by her father, wants to do good. Certainly, we're following that trend. Where, when, how, we'll see, but I think it would be cool.

Screen Rant: Tessa Thompson spoke a little bit about wanting an all female Avengers. After watching Evangeline Lily, of course, I'm so happy that it's Ant-Man and the Wasp and she's not a sidekick. She's at the center, forefront of the movie, and I love that.  How much closer are we to that possibility? Captain Marvel's right around the corner and I can't wait for that.

Kevin Feige: Captain Marvel finishes filming in two weeks. We're being cagey about anything post Avengers 4.

Screen Rant: Sure.

Kevin Feige: Although Tom Holland just spoiled something yesterday.

Screen Rant: I saw that.

Kevin Feige: But, as the plan goes forward I think frankly we'll be ... you know, eventually I think we're going to reach a time where it's not just ... listen, it would be amazing to see all of our female characters the way we have seen ... most, never all male, but primarily male. I think we're getting to the point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male. It's just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.

Screen Rant: Which I love. I talked to Michael Douglas yesterday and he had mentioned that he would love to do a prequel, Hank Pym in his prime story. He said he would love to do it. Any chance that could be a possibility, at least an inkling of a possibility?

Kevin Feige: The fun thing about making these movies and having this interconnected universe is that almost anything is an inkling of a possibility. Whether that's a franchise on its own, a single film on its own, a one-shot as you mentioned, a scene in another movie, it's all possible.

Screen Rant: I love it.

Kevin Feige: It's all possible.

Screen Rant: Talking about, you mentioned Tom Holland and I think is it, Far From Home? Far From Home. Spider-Man: Far From Home. That insinuates. There's been a lot of rumor and speculation about a field trip or taking place a lot in Europe. What is the inspiration behind that? I know you can't give too much away and I'm not-

Kevin Feige: You know, I don't want to talk too much about it. It's very early days. We're filming soon. We are filming. We will be based in London as we've done with many of our films for that one. We like that it ties into the title Homecoming, we like that. We like that the way Homecoming, there are multiple meetings.

Screen Rant: Yes. Absolutely. We talked about Cassie Lang. I love Cassie and I can't wait to see her grow up and really like, into the Marvel cinematic universe. Another one of those young avengers was Kate Bishop. I love Kate Bishop because I love the Hawkeye character. There's been a lot of rumor that we could start seeing Kate Bishop. Is that on the table as well?

Kevin Feige: It's one of those inklings of possibilities post Avengers 4. There will be a time soon after Avengers 4 when we announce what we show.

Screen Rant: When are we getting that title revealed? I almost expected it here a little bit, but we didn't-

Kevin Feige: I think it will be a little while longer.

Screen Rant: Little while longer?

Kevin Feige: Yeah.

Screen Rant: Okay, cool. Externals is also a thing, it's a big deal. Speaking of which, I know that Jack Kirby when he did the Eternals, sorry. I messed that up. Jack Kirby tied a little bit into the Greek mythology. I didn't really realize that until recently with Hercules and a few of the other characters. Is that something that you would kind of like bring to the table with that film?

Kevin Feige: Well, one of the cool things about that property and what Jack Kirby did with it and what's been done with it in recent years is it does tie into they're called Eternals, they've been around for a long time. You know? There's this notion of all of these myths and legions that we know from ancient times, were they inspired by the Eternals?

Screen Rant: Right.

Kevin Feige: Were they Eternals? It's a very ... you know, it's an ancient aliens kind of sci-fi trope that we think would be fun to explore someday.

Screen Rant: With Ant-Man and the Wasp, in particular, because I loved Ant-Man, the first Ant-Man. I even have, like I made a helmet of Ant-Man.

Kevin Feige: Which one? The movie Ant-Man or comic?

Screen Rant: Of the movie Ant-Man.

Kevin Feige: Oh, nice.

Screen Rant: Yes. I was going to bring it but I forgot.

Kevin Feige: Wow.

Screen Rant: Yeah. With that character because I know he was a part of your original plan, is that correct, like the original plan for start of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? At least one of the first characters?

Kevin Feige: They both were. Ant-Man and Wasp were.

Screen Rant: Oh really?

Kevin Feige: They were in large part because we had a huge, I've mentioned this in the past, we had a huge poster on the wall that traveled with us from office to office as we kept growing as Marvel Studios of Avengers number one.

Screen Rant: Oh, wow.

Kevin Feige: Every character on that poster we've now made into films.

Screen Rant: That's amazing.

Kevin Feige: Ant-Man is on that poster and Wasp was on that poster.

Screen Rant: Another film that was kind of talked about or rumored at that time, which I actually didn't know, was Power Pack. I remember mainly Power Pack because at my dentist office that comic would always be there.

Kevin Feige: Right.

Screen Rant: Is Power Pack still in the works? I heard that ... is it Jonathan Schwartz, the producer, was possibly attached to it somehow?

Kevin Feige: Jonathan Schwartz is currently working on-

Screen Rant: Captain Marvel, right?

Kevin Feige: ... Captain Marvel. Exactly. He works with us at Marvel Studios so he's been like sort of attached. It doesn't work like that. Power Pack is a property that we've been interested in for a long time. For many years because we wanted to do something for families, something that's a little younger, Ant-Man has kind of become that franchise, certainly with Ant-Man and the Wasp, but Power Pack still is one of the many things that we discuss, wouldn't it be fun to do someday?

Screen Rant: Yeah, I mean, bring me back to my dentist's office. One thing that I actually love about you and I really respect about you is that you're very encouraging of other studios. You've said in the past with Warner Brothers and DC that you really want to see them succeed because I think it's better as a fan, me personally, when you get ... listen, this is me living my dream. I get to watch super hero movies all the time. That's amazing, right?

Walter Hamada has just taken over that studio and trying to get it back on track. Not out of competition or anything else, just out of a word of advice of how he would be able to help get that cinematic universe back on track. What would your word of advice be to him?

Kevin Feige: I always hesitate to come off as the person who is bestowing advice on people. It's not really what I do. What I do know is, they're great characters.

Screen Rant: They are.

Kevin Feige: They're great characters, they're good comics, they've got great history. I'm not shy about saying, Richard Donner’s Superman I still think is the paradigm by which we all still should follow. It's all there.

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Key Release Dates
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
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