Interview: Kevin Feige From Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Set Visit

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Were you able to get all the songs you wanted?

Kevin Feige: We’ve cleared all the songs that were in the script, yeah, yeah. You don’t actually pay for them until you cut the movie together and decide. If you use the first movie as a track record, every song, maybe one or two songs came out of the movie that were, that had been in the script, for length more than anything else, but we’ll probably end up using the vast majority of them, and certainly the ones that play into the plot and dialogue are in.

We’re not getting any closer to bringing this team to Earth at any point, are we? It seems like you’re going out further.

Kevin Feige: We are going out further, yes. There’s a little bit of Earth in this film, but it’s not these characters going to earth.

Does Peter Quill only listen to mix Volume 2 now or does he revisit the first one?

Kevin Feige: Right now it’s only Volume 2.

This is still only the beginning...

With the first one being such a big success, and with people really keying into this portion of Marvel universe, do you see going forward more films set in this part of the universe? We’ve been so earth-bound in the rest of the MCU. Is there a possibility of the Nova Corps or other cosmic Marvel characters branching off from this foundation?

Kevin Feige: Yeah, for sure. I don’t know about branching off from this, but certainly inhabiting similar areas from this. A lot of our upcoming movies will. I mean the upcoming movies will be as much up here, as they are on earth, starting with not Spider-Man, starting with Thor: RagnarokThor: Ragnorak takes place, there are three scenes on Earth in Thor: Ragnarok. Everything else is Asgard, and not any of these worlds, but worldwthat certainly, let’s put it this way, in Thor lingo, it’s beyond the nine realms. There are other planets that we spend a lot of time on in Thor: Ragnarok, that certainly people would say, oh, that’s sort of like the Guardians world, but they’re just other areas of the Marvel cosmos universe.

As the Guardians reputation spreads through the galaxy, are they going hear even a whisper of the Avengers or Thor or anything like that. Are we going to get a sense that it is sort of the same universe, even just a quick mention.

Kevin Feige: They might know about Thor. It doesn’t come up. It doesn’t come up. I don’t think they know anything about the Avengers. They might know Volstagg and Sif walked into the Collector’s lab once, so they sort of must know that... some people know they exist, but that doesn’t come into play in this story.

The first movie worked so well, tonally, the music and its humor, etc. How do you go about not just repeating that this time and giving this its own separate space to work in.

Kevin Feige: Well, going to all these different planets, going to very different locations, and introducing all the new characters that are introduced in this movie, an evolving significantly the relationships Yondu, Nebula, of supporting characters from the first film, is certainly a couple of the ways that James is doing that.

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Ayesha and the Ravagers are only some of the antagonists in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

How are these villains different from any of the other villains that we’ve seen so far in the Marvel universe?

Kevin Feige: Well, I mean, Taserface and Ayesha are less grandiose in their ambitions than Ronan was, for instance. Ayesha just wants to kill them for slighting her and Taserface wants to lead the Ravagers and thinks that, as I said, Yondu got soft. We learn that there are many Ravager factions, of which Yondu controlled one large faction, and a faction that frankly was not necessarily beloved by the other Ravager factions, in large part because they did things like traffic kids from one place to another, which the other Ravagers didn’t love necessarily and set Yondu apart from them. Yondu is getting softer. His experience with Quill in the first movie perhaps is softening him a little bit, certainly more so than the other Ravagers, and Taserface thinks, who cares about the other Ravagers, and this guy getting soft, we’re going to be, we never say pirates of course, but that’s sort of the inspiration for them, regardless, and there are a couple you saw in the B-roll, references to walking the plank. Taserface is not a nice guy.

What’s at the end of that plank?

Kevin Feige: Outer space... The deadly vacuum of space.

What have you learned about creating villains for Marvel movies, because you know, earlier in Phase 2, as well, like the scale was always really big, like Ronan, but even with Baron Zemo in Civil War, it’s very small in scope. What have you sort of learned as you guys are getting this far into the ..

Kevin Feige: Well, it always varies, but it always starts with what serves the story the most and what serves the hero the most. We’ve been criticized - if a big criticism of ours is that we focus on the heroes more than the villains, I think that’s probably true. I don’t think it will always be true and I think some of you spoke to Chris and Steve at the Civil War junket. When the heck was that, yesterday? Last week? And they talked about - in appropriately oblique terms - Thanos. Thanos in Infinity War is, you know... in a movie that has a lot of characters, you could almost go so far as to say he is the main character, and that’s a bit of a departure from what we’ve done before, but that was appropriate for a movie called Infinity War.

In a lot of cases, Ronan - Ronan’s great, Lee Pace awesome job, absolutely serves it - but certainly was there to go up against our heroes and to give our heroes a reason for coming together. And I think it’s, I hesitate to even... in 2008, there are two superhero movies that came out. One focused on the villain, one focused on the hero, and we at Marvel looked at them as like 'yeah, we focus on the heroes. We don’t mind that. We like that.' Please don’t start a flame war. We don’t, nobody wants that. We don’t do that. It really always is what serves the story. Loki, great character, serves, you know, in a lot of ways, Thor. Zemo served that conflict between Cap and Iron Man.

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Do you find that you might start having these villains that don’t just go away after one movie, like you had with Loki and Thanos, like you might start incorporating these villains you can develop like your heroes?

Kevin Feige: Sure, I mean, they won’t all, if we’re talking about Phase 3, they don’t all, a lot of them can continue. Thanos is the biggest one, of course.

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Will we see any Infinity Stones in this one?

Kevin Feige: No.

It seems like the scope of this is big, but the scale seems to be small and personal. Is there sort of a universe ending or planet-destroying threat that we’re not seeing here or is it really just these two different groups that kind of …

Kevin Feige: It’s mainly these two different groups. There are other surprises and other things that happen in the movie, over the course of the story, but all of it is in the service of very, very personal stakes.

There were rumors that the Guardians were going to take over Tower of Terror at Disney’s California Adventure. Can you talk about that and what their role will be in the parks world?

Kevin Feige: I can’t really, I can’t really talk about it, but I know that Imagineering has been talking about it for years and I think we’re getting closer to actually seeing more of the Marvel characters in the parks, which is something that I’ve wanted to see for a long time. The timeline is very different when it comes to building giant park rides, as I’ve learned, but so I think you’ll see the incorporation of many Marvel things, but that could be over the next 10-15 years.

Will we see the Guardians show up in any of the other films coming up after this sequel or we just go to a third film or will they all come over to Infinity War. Will we see them in Thor: Ragnarok?

Kevin Feige: [laughter] We don’t know anything.

Is it a challenge finding time for every person in the sequel, because coming out of the first one, everybody had their favorite and it was a little bit surprise who rose to the top, like I love Groot or I love Rocket, so when you get to a sequel, some people might be coming in wanting a lot of Star-Lord, some people might want a lot of Yondu, etc.

Kevin Feige: They will get a lot of both of those things [Laughs]. No, I think that’s, I think it comes down to the screenplay again. I think Civil War, and Chris [Markus] and Steve [McFeely] and Joe and Anthony [Russo] did a magnificent job of balancing those characters and there are many more characters in Civil War than there are in this movie, but that’s one of the things that James [Gunn] does incredibly well, and again, it’s not about the amount of screen time. It’s about what they’re doing in the screen time they have, and I think every single character on these walls has great moments, and more than that, great arcs over the course of the movie, for sure.

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) release date: Aug 01, 2014
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
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