WARNING: Major Thor 2 SPOILERS in this Video!!!!
We attended the Thor: The Dark World junket in London and had a chance to sit down with Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige to talk about Marvel Movie topics including the big revelations of the Thor 2 button scenes; new story details for Guardians of the Galaxy; the probability that we'll see Thor 3 in the near future; what those two movies planned for 2016 and 2017 might be - and much more Marvel Movie goodness.
You can watch our interview with Feige in the video above, and get more detailed analysis from the interview transcript below:
Screenrant: Thor: The Dark World is very pivotal not just for Phase 2 but setting up a lot of the Phase 3; in those button scenes we get this revelation that what we’ve been seeing now is kind of building towards something. You have the Tesseract which is the mind gem, blue, the Aether which is the power gem, red - are we building towards an Avengers 3 with Thanos and the infinity gauntlet?
Kevin Feige: I don’t know that I would spell it out that clearly, necessarily, but certainly fans of the comics could surmise that all of this is leading somewhere. Joss’ decision to have Thanos turn around, smile to the audience at the end of 'Avengers', it was always the plan to show that the Tesseract was indeed an infinity stone. A lot of that will tie first into 'Guardians of The Galaxy' which comes out next year and then where it goes from there we’ll see.
Screenrant: The orb in Guardians: We were debating the colors: is that time or space?
Kevin Feige: Here’s what I would say I would not necessarily attribute them based on colors because you’re close but you’re not 100% right on what each one is. Did you visit the Guardian set?
Screenrant: No my co-editor he heard about it.
Kevin Feige: How the hell did you know about the orb? Look at you guys… yes the MacGuffin of 'Guardians' certainly plays into MacGuffins from the past.
Screenrant: And it also could be tied to the Scarlet Witch [in Avengers 2]! Reality-based powers, that’s a difficult trick to pull... But we’re talking about Thor 2, and where it ends it now seems kind of a set up for Thor 3 - is that something that’s coming in phase 3? or do we have to wait beyond that to get that?
Kevin Feige: Well we’ll see. It won’t be until probably sometime next year before we announce the 2016 movies and the 2017 movies, and a lot of that will depend on the reception to the next batch of movies. What we’re actively working on is Thor’s next appearance in 'Age of Ultron.' Where he goes beyond that we have a lot of ideas. You’re right that where we leave the characters in this movie sort of hints what could happen in the future, but we’ll see where that goes after 'Avengers 2.'
Screenrant: How do you fit Thor and Ultron in one movie? This is a movie that’s very cosmic and Ultron is a very technology based villain - how do you kind of fit those two together?
Kevin Feige: Finding that balance has always been what that cinematic universe has been about. Iron Man is a very technological hero his movies are always technologically based. The first 'Thor' was all about introducing Asgard and Thor in that more fantastical realm into the more reality-based MCU, and explain that obviously it might look like magic, but it’s another form of science and technology. As we go into Ultron clearly he does come out of technology, but we’re using all of our tools at our disposal that we’ve established so far as part of the MCU to build the storyline of 'Age of Ultron.'
Screenrant: Is Joss [Whedon] in position to also architect Phase 3 or is that still being determined?
Kevin Feige: It’s still being determined. All of his efforts right now in what he’s doing for us primarily, obviously, writing and prepping 'Age of Ultron' but also in reading the drafts of the films in phase 2, watching early cuts and a) to inform him where the characters are going to end up in the beginning of 'Age of Ultron' and also to get his input and his wisdom into all of these. But right now it’s all about leading up to 'Age of Ultron.'
Kevin Feige: I think it will be sometime next year; sometime in the first half of next year. First we have to really decide which ones we want to do and both of the ones you named are among the projects we’re talking about. If you look at the films for next year, 'The Winter Soldier' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' the year after that 'Age of Ultron' and 'Ant Man', we really like - and I don’t know if this will always be the case - but we like that in those two years there’s an existent franchise - new stories of an existing character - and then a whole new group of characters. We find that that’s a nice rhythm for our two films a year.
Screenrant: Is that gonna stick? Are we ever going to go three films a year?
Kevin Feige: There are no plans for it, sometimes depending on what’s ready when it may fall that way, but we’re in a very nice rhythm right now. The entire studio is built to comfortably deliver two of these a year that we’re proud of.
Iron Man 3 is now available on home video, Thor: The Dark World is currently in theaters, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014, The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 31, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.