Kevin Feige talks Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman/Superman and Thanos

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Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige recently spoke with Empire Magazine and was asked various questions about Marvel’s upcoming slate of films: Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

With Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man in development since before Iron Man, Feige was asked whether or not the movie has been changed in order to reflect the ever-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe. “A little bit. Not much. There’s been a little bit of connective tissue that wouldn’t have been there in in his draft ten years ago,” he said. “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.”

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As to why Hank Pym isn’t creating Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron, he explained, “It was two things, a story Edgar [Wright] 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).” Is this a hint that Tony Stark would be the creator of Ultron in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It certainly seems that way.

When asked if Pym would be portrayed the “original Tony Stark” in the film, he added, “He’s certainly older. Original Tony Stark? In that he is an inventor and a scientist, but he has a very different demeanor that Tony and a very different ego, even when he was younger.”

Talk then turned to the decision to cast Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. Here, he dropped some interesting hints about the Rudd’s take on the character. “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 unsavory things like break into people’s houses and still be charming and who you root for and whose redemption you will find satisfaction in.”

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He was asked how he felt about people seeing their decision to not move Captain America 3’s as a sign of confidence in the franchise. “Well, I’m glad people think that way. We had the flag there first. What other people do and where have 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. I wouldn’t say that necessarily.”

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Focus turned to Marvel’s next film, Guardians of the Galaxy, where he was asked about recent reports that Thanos will indeed be making a physical appearance in the film and whether or not he will be a CGI creation as in The Avengers or if they actually have someone in mind to play him. While he wouldn’t divulge any details, Feige did confirm that the role has ben cast. “There is an actor. I’m not sure we want to announce it yet.” With Comic-Con taking place a few weeks before Guardians of the Galaxy, expect the announcement to happen prior to Comic-Con.

Guardians of the Galaxy warps into theaters on August 1st, 2014, Avengers: Age of Ultron destroys theaters on May 1st, 2015, and Ant-Man shrinks into theaters on July 17th, 2015.

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