Kevin Feige Explains Taking Captain Marvel Out Of ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Ending
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 at 4:00 pm
Last night, Marvel and Disney held an event to celebrate the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and producer Jeremy Latchem were on site to help commemorate the moment as well as participate in Q & A where they talked about the film and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Among the many questions that were asked, one was what happened to Captain Marvel. As some of you may know, director Joss Whedon originally wanted to have her and Spider-Man make an appearance in the film – albeit a cameo. It didn’t pan out as Whedon hoped, as Feige opted to tell a fully fleshed out story as a way to introduce the character into the MCU. And now he is talking about what happened. Check out what he had to say below.
Feige admits that Captain Marvel was in the script at one point during one of its drafts, and that she would have been seen in full costume, but says it would have been a “disservice” just to interject her into the story for no reason:
“It was in the script at one point, it might have been one draft. Was it”¦ It might have just been Captain Marvel. And we shot a plate and thought we may add her in there but the truth is it just didn’t seem appropriate to have this new person in a new costume come out of nowhere at the end of this story. It would have been a disservice to, what by the time the movie was coming out, a character people already knew was coming anyway.”
This is something that the Marvel Studios President has argued before. Previous rumors said that the Age of Ultron script was slightly tweaked to add her inclusion. During the film’s theatrical press tour, Whedon also confirmed that he fought to have Captain Marvel and Spider-Man in the film, to no avail, before finding out Marvel Studios confirmed that they were making a film for her character and they just inked a deal with Sony to share Spider-Man:
“I wanted all those people. I said, it would be great if we could just add a few more, if we could have a Captain Marvel there, that you’ve made a deal for. And they talked about it. I was like, “˜And Spider-Man, we could do that too, cause Sony had approached us during the first movie about a little integration.
So I would have put both of them in, but neither of the deals were made. And then they were like, “˜We’re making a Captain Marvel movie and we’ve got Spider-Man as a property,’ and I’m like, “˜I’ve already locked my film, you fuckers! Thanks for nothing.'”
Latcham, who was also at the home entertainment release event, seems to have confirmed that there were slight disagreements on how many characters would be introduced in the film:
“In really early development there was a notion of there’d be a ton of new people. And then it was like, “˜Well we haven’t really introduced them, we don’t know where they’re gonna come from,’ and Joss kind of did not love that idea. It was an early discussion, and then that kind of became just Captain Marvel, and then that felt weird just to have one new person.”
It’s pretty clear that Marvel has a plan to introduce these characters in a manner of their choosing. This sort of creative power may not sit well with others, as we have seen in the past. Still, Marvel knows what they are doing.
As of now, it is rumored that Rebecca Ferguson and Emily Blunt are the frontrunners for the title character. No director has been chosen as of yet, but Nicole Perlman (who wrote a draft for Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (co-writer of Inside-Out) are penning the script for the film.
/Film has a full recount of the event which includes details on Marvel TV characters appearing in their films, Spider-Man, Infinity Wars Part I and Part II, and much more.