Monday, October 21, 2013

Kevin Feige Talks Doctor Strange, Solo Female Superheroes

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is on a roll.  Yesterday he gave us a couple of good bits on Marvel's upcoming film slate; in an interview with Movies.com, part of which hit the web today, he addressed one specific film that continues to be brought up in connection to Phase 3: Doctor Strange.



(Keep the chronology of the interviews in mind: this interview was done last week.  Feige has since gone on record saying they know which films they PLAN on using to fill the 3 open slots, not that those plans couldn't change.)



Movies.com asked Feige about the plans for a Doctor Strange film, which has been in various stages of development since 2010 and, supposedly, has a solid script in place now.  Abut the film, Feige said, "Doc Strange, as I've been saying for years, is a movie I believe we should make--we're just figuring out how to make it a great movie.  It is in active development right now."  He continued to say, "Whether that's one of the movies we announce for 2016-17, we have to see.  I think it'll be the middle of next year before we announce officially what the post Ant-Man films will be."  Smart money would be on Marvel announcing the Phase 3 slate at SDCC '14 as they typically has, but Feige cautions that may not be the case, "...stuff might happen before that.  It's too early to tell."

We've certainly heard a great deal about Doctor Strange over the past 4-5 months.  It seems a near certainty that we will get a Doctor Strange movie in Phase 3, but you can be sure that IF Marvel doesn't feel they have the right script to make it the great movie for which Feige is looking, it will not be in Phase 3.   However, Feige wants this film done and done right, so odds are it will be done sooner than later.  If the reports about the script are true, Strange will be one of the 2016-17 films.

Movies.com also asked Feige about the chances of Marvel putting a female superhero in her own solo film before DC gets around to it, likely with Wonder Woman.  Feige replied, "Good question. I don't know what they're (DC) doing or what they're planning. I know we have numerous exciting female heroes, whether none of them are currently slated, some of them are in development--frankly, you can look at what Jane Foster does in [Thor: The Dark World], look at Pepper Potts literally saving the day and defeating the bad guy in Iron Man 3, and I'd say we already have great female heroes that are showcased and play major roles in our universe now." Feige continued to gush about Marvel's existing female heroes by saying, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as you will see, features Black Widow in her biggest role yet in any of our films. In terms of a solo standalone female hero, I'm not sure when that will be. We make two movies a year, we've planned through 2015 and we have some ideas of what we're doing in 2016 and 2017, so we'll see what happens."

My first thought here is, "Wow, it must suck to be Feige.  You have to have a mental recording of everything you say because if you ever contradict yourself, even a little, someone is going to jump you."  After that I returned to normal thoughts.  It certainly doesn't sound like a solo female superhero film is on the docket for Phase 3.  Feige will have a lot more to say over the next week or three but I wouldn't expect him to give away too much.  Part of why Marvel has been successful is the fact that they plan their work and work their plan.  It seems like they have a plan here and it doesn't involve letting DC influence them or letting the fans direct when they announce movies.