Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige headed to Reddit this week to do an AmA (Ask Me Anything) with the r/MarvelStudios subreddit. It was an ask me almost anything as of course there some things that the Redditors would ask that Kevin wouldn’t answer just yet. But as the Reddit threading can be confusing for people unfamiliar with the site, here’s what he had to say for each question he answered.
On Stan Lee’s final cameo and if he saw the movie:
“Stan loved to wait to see the final movie at the premiere, so unfortunately he did not get to see the finished movie. Stan got a download of the full story the day he came and shot his cameo.”
On reviving the Marvel One-Shots and Luis recapping the MCU:
“Totally agree. The best thing about the One Shots is that we got to flesh out other characters. It’s tremendously exciting that we now have Disney+ series where we get to do that on a grand scale with many of the characters you know and love.
We did a special shoot of Luis recapping the entire 10-year history of the MCU for SDCC when we announced Michelle Pfeiffer playing Janet van Dyne. I’m sure it’s around somewhere…”
Does he have any creative regrets in the MCU?
“I made a joke once about regretting dying Chris Hemsworth eyebrows blonde for the first Thor, but the truth is it’s everything in those films and all the little details: the perfect ones and not so perfect ones, that carried us through to the experience of Endgame. Therefore, I wouldn’t change a thing.”
What story arc in the MCU is his personal favorite:
“Tony Stark comes to mind.”
Will the One Shots return?
“We’re coming up with many new, fun ways to explore the world around the MCU.”
Could Cap always lift the hammer in Age of Ultron?
“We think he was always worthy and was being polite in Age of Ultron.”
Did Feige see Avengers: Endgame with a normal audience?
“Yes, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.”
The hardest “sells” in the past eleven years:
“There are always conversations and discussions before a film is made, and for the most part it’s been an amazing collaboration, but back when we first started, the two that come to mind from 10 years ago are the casting of Robert Downey Jr. and the decision to make Captain America: The First Avenger a period World War 2 film.”
How far is the MCU planned out in advance?
“We usually work with a specific 5 year plan at any given point but often have a general plan that extends much, much further.”
The casting that he had to fight the hardest for:
“Robert Downey Jr.”
When asked about “forgotten” characters such as Abomination and Justin Hammer:
“I’m not sure I’d call them forgotten characters but I love bringing back characters people think they’ve seen the last of. For example, General Ross and Harley.”
About unfilmable storylines:
“Everything is filmable nowadays. It’s about finding the most resonant character stories to bring to the big screen.”
On if they plan on implementing more about the Ten Rings or the real Mandarin:
If making the MCU changed how he views comics:
“Not really, I still like to read the comics every week from a fan’s point of view.”
Who hasn’t been introduced in the MCU that he’s itching to introduce:
“You’ll know soon enough.”
Favorite character that isn’t in the MCU yet:
“I never play favorites, but there are many Marvel characters that I’ve loved for many years that are heading to the MCU soon, but I can’t be more specific than that. Sorry!”
His favorite MCU meme is:
When he realized the franchise would be huge:
“Opening weekend of the first Avengers.”
His favorite scene in the MCU:
“There are too many to list, but I will say my entire MCU career was building up to that “on your left” moment in Endgame.”
On the reaction to the MCU and how big it’s become after taking that leap of faith so many years ago:
“Thank you, and to be honest I’m still digesting it all, but seeing this subreddit having almost 800,000 members is a pretty good indication.”
On how much the Disney+ shows will weave into the films:
“Totally and completely.”
On if the Hulk brought the Snapped people back to life in a safe place:
“We refer to the version of Hulk in Endgame as Smart Hulk. So, yes.”
Why Iron Man was the first MCU movie:
“We thought Tony Stark was a great and unique character for our first film because he was so different from any comic book character that had been brought to the screen before.”
Lessons learned from creating the MCU:
“Respect the source material.
Hire passionate filmmakers regardless of how much money their last movie made.
Hire the best cast regardless of their current marquee value.”
About that “Superhero Fatigue” myth:
“Nobody would get fatigued before the creative forces at Marvel Studios who do this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so we believe that if we’re still taking risks and making unique choices to keep ourselves excited, the audience will feel the same way.”
On the subject of improving character music themes in the MCU and Alan Silvestri:
“I’m a film score nerd. Working with Alan Silvestri was one of the best experiences of my life. He’s a genius.”
His favorite DC movie:
“Richard Donner’s Superman 1”
When they began planning Infinity War and Endgame to adapt The Infinity Gauntlet:
“We started discussing how to adapt the Infinity Gauntlet comic soon after the release of the first Avengers. It was on one of our creative retreats about 5 years ago that we decided to do it as two films. We started to crack the specifics of the story during production on Civil War with Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely, Joe and Anthony Russo, in a conference room as we went back and forth between takes.”
The future of the Hulk:
“Many years ago, Mark came in for a meeting with us at Marvel Studios to discuss ways in which the Hulk could grow and evolve in upcoming films. He pitched a lot of cool ideas, some of which led to what you saw in Thor: Ragnarok, Infinity War and Endgame, and some of which would still be cool to see someday.”
Will he ever do a cameo?
“I don’t like being on camera, but I did cameo in a deleted scene in the first X-Men as a Weapon X technician. I was completely covered in a hood, mask and goggles.”
His favorite comic book storyline:
“There are too many to name, many of them you’ve already seen adapted as stories into the MCU. Jim Starlin’s Infinity Gauntlet being a prime example.”
People are Marvel Studios that the public should know about:
“It’s the entire team at Marvel Studios that make these movies what they are, from Louis D’Esposito, Trinh Tran, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Brad Winderbaum, Jonathan Schwartz, Stephen Broussard, Eric Carroll, and many more. I’d also give a shoutout to our editor Jeff Ford.”