As I’ve been telling you for the past couple of weeks, Thor: Ragnarok is a perfect and much-needed addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While out in LA for the #ThorRagnarokEvent we were able to sit down to THE man in charge of the MCY Mr. Kevin Feige the President of MARVEL Studios. I always enjoy having a few moments to interview Kevin because not only is he a super fun guy to interview, he has the MOST knowledge about every single film, phase, and the complete arc of the MCU. Let’s face it this guy knows everything. Which means we definitely tried to get him to drop a few tidbits of information about what is coming up next. So let’s jump right into the interview:
Q: How are you feeling having Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor coming out in the same year?
Kevin Feige: 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. Just because something’s based on a comic doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Doesn’t mean they all inhabit the same exact tone. 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? Is it going to be a major set up or a cameo?
Kevin Feige: Yes, and it comes out in May of next year. Infinity War is a pretty 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: Why does this Thor has such a different look and feel?
Kevin Feige: That was our idea perfected and improved by Taika. 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.
Also, Mr. Hemsworth and if you talk to him, he’ll mention this probably, used to say, hey, mate, Captain America has got Iron Man in his movie, has got Black Widow in his movie, who am I getting? I’d go, ha. I’d go, oh, I know, 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 there, but thinking about who else we could bring in from the, from the universe and very quickly we, we realized Hulk would be that guy, but seeing Thor and Hulk battle it out together is great. Seeing Banner and Thor being fish out of water is even better. So, suddenly, you have this great dynamic between them, so we decided well, I guess Hulk when we last saw him on the quinjet heading up into the atmosphere, he kept going. He got caught in a wormhole and he ended up on Sakaar.
Q: Are there plans for any other stand-alone Hulk movies?
Kevin Feige: We love them all. We think it would be fun to bring them to the screen and how we do that, I’m not sure. 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’re started with Ragnarok, that you saw. An enhanced push and pull between Hulk and Bruce Banner sort of for their body continues in the next Avengers film. In, I think, unexpected fun ways.
Q: Are you looking towards an all-female movie?
Kevin Feige: 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, hey, when are we going to do a movie? So that was pretty overwhelming. Zoe Saldana was also standing there.
Last, but not least, since Kevin is now officially, “A friend from work”, we asked him about the now infamous line in Spiderman Homecoming where Tony Stark says “Behind this door are a bunch of journalists. Real ones – not bloggers.“
Q: Can you comment on the “bloggers aren’t real journalists” line in Spiderman: Homecoming?
Kevin Feige: That was an ad lib. A comedic ad lib from Mr. Downey. That he 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 when we shot it, it just sort of went past me and we cut it together and only in sort of the early screenings, I went, oh [LAUGHS]. I’m gonna hear about this. And it was just him being funny.
As you can see Kevin Feige is just a cool dude. With so much going on you can tell that the line was a throwaway that didn’t mean anything. Now back to Thor: Ragnarok. I’ve already talked about what I think of the movie… It’s an Intergalactic Road Trip of Emotions.
About Thor Raganrok
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first, he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.