The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Marvel's Grandmaster an interview with Kevin Feige! #thorragnarokevent
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Marvel's Grandmaster an interview with Kevin Feige! #thorragnarokevent

Disclosure: I attended the #ThorRagnarokevent and my expenses: flight, accommodations, transportation and some meals were be covered by Disney. All opinions, however, are always 100% mine.

When you think of the Marvel Universe, you always think of the characters and actors who bring it to life. But to create such an amazing universe, you need someone to coordinate, control and put that vision forward. That person is Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios.

Kevin makes sure that everything in Marvel Universe goes well and that we, as an audience and fans, get the best there is. It's a tough job because you are juggling the all the Marvel Universe characters. And all the movies have to make sense and follow somehow fit together.

Kevin was super nice and interesting. It's pretty amazing what he does. Here is a snippet of our interview with Kevin! If you are a Marvel fan, you need to read this. It's pretty informative!

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Q: How are you feeling having Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor coming out in the same year?

KF: It’s pretty awesome and I love that little Peter Parker in high school is in the middle of all that. It’s pretty cool and it indicates what I’ve always wanted people to understand that just because something is based on a comic doesn’t mean they’re all the same. [It] doesn’t mean they all inhabit the same exact tone. [The same] tonal world and that those were, these were our three movies this year. I always knew and was hoping would be pretty exciting.

Q: Will Guardians of the Galaxy meet Thor in the future?

KF: Yes, and it comes out in May of next year.

Q: Is it going to be a major set up or a cameo?

KF: No, Infinity War is a pretty major. A major meeting of those minds and Thor, in particular, with the Guardians. We’ve already shot some very fun scenes between them. The cosmic adventurers spend a lot of time together in that movie.

Q: When is Infinity Wars trailer dropping? (Something we all want to know!!)

KF: Someday. Someday. Yeah.

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Q: Why does this Thor has such a different look and feel?

KF: That was our idea perfected and improved by Taika [Waititi - Thor Ragnarok director]. We wanted to, as we always do in our movies, go to a new place, go to an unexpected place. Look at what we did with Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, the third Captain American film, with Civil War and we always look at a third film, Infinity War in the case of Avengers coming up, as an opportunity to, to take what the fans like, that they’re willing to go with us and take them to a totally unexpected fun place.

If you talk to him [Chris Hensworth], he’ll say, Captain America has Iron Man in his movie, has got Black Widow in his movie, who am I getting? I think he’s right. The fun thing about Thor is he’s got amazing characters in his own comics, so Hela and Valkyrie from his books, from the mythology.

We knew we wanted to bring in [them] there, but thinking about who else we could bring in from the universe and very quickly we realized Hulk would be that guy. Seeing Thor and Hulk battle it out together is great. Seeing Banner and Thor being fish out of water is even better. Suddenly, you have this great dynamic between them, so we decided well.

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Q: What was behind pulling the Planet Hulk storyline into this movie?

KF: [In] Planet Hulk, Hulk finds himself forced into these gladiatorial games. That image of Hulk with these big battle weapons and that big helmet, we loved. We never really thought we would be able to do it in large part because Banner is not a part of those comics. He’s Hulk the whole time and we love Mark Ruffalo.

And wouldn’t want to do a movie without Mark Ruffalo in it. I always sort of thought there wouldn’t really be that opportunity. As we were putting Thor: Raganrak together, we realized this is where we could do it. This is not the Planet Hulk story, but it’s certainly the inspiration of, of getting to see that and even characters like Korg and Meek who, as performed by Taika, steal the whole movie.

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Q: Are there plans for any other stand alone Hulk movies?

KF: In terms of stand-alone Hulk movies, there are various contracts with studios that have to be worked out. I’m just so happy that we have the ability to include Hulk in these ensembles and what we already have planned, the arc that we started with Ragnarok, that you saw. An enhanced push and pull between Hulk and Bruce Banner for their body continues in the next Avengers film.

Q: Is there going to be a film where we see more of what happened to Hulk on Sakar between the time he left the Avengers and became a warrior?

KF: That would be pretty cool. I don’t know. I think that would probably fall under the solo Hulk area and stuff we’d have to figure out before we’d be able to do that, but you wouldn’t have to twist my arm to see more of that or more of Jeff Goldblum as the GrandMaster.

Q: Are you looking towards an all female movie? (YES!! WE NEED THIS!!)

KF: I think we certainly have enough powerful characters to do that. When and how, I don’t know, but I recently found myself in an undisclosed location. Somebody tapped on my shoulder and I turned around and there was Scarlet Johansson, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Tessa Thompson, Pom Klementieff all saying when are we going to do a movie. That was pretty overwhelming. Zoe Saldana was also standing there.

Q: Can you comment on the “bloggers aren’t real journalists” line [in Spiderman: Homecoming]?

KF: That was an ad lib. A comedic ad lib from Mr. Downey. Just one of the many things he just says. Moments before that, he says something about a human dog hybrid and puppies and who knows what he’s talking about? It’s just funny and it just sort of went past me and we cut it together and only in the early screenings I went, I’m gonna hear about this.

Q: Who is your favorite Avenger?

KF: I really don’t have a favorite and, and I love that we’ve been so lucky that with each release, another one rises to the top and I read comments that now Thor is going to become people’s favorite Avenger after this movie. The truth is I don’t have a favorite.

But I think in the looking as we approach our ten year anniversary, it’s impossible not to look back on Iron Man one and, and what Favreau did and what Downey did and continues to do that really is the foundation for everything we’ve done. That experience of Iron Man one was our first so, in many ways, is the one I look back at quite fondly, but I don’t have, I don’t have favorites.

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Q: How do you balance all the films you have coming out?

KF: You hire Taika Waititi, you hire James Gunn, you hire John Anthony Russo and we have an incredible team at Marvel Studios. Each film has a single embedded Executive Producer on it who sees it, Brad Winterbaum on this movie, executive Producer on that poster over there has lived with Taika for the past two and a half years. He moved his family to Australia for months and months. They’re on it the whole time, so I’m always a text or a phone call away of knowing exactly what’s happening anywhere at any given time.

It’s a great privilege to have this team in place. Most of us have been together for almost the entire ten years at the studio which is very unusual in Hollywood. It’s great.

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