Friday, October 18, 2013

Marvel Bossman Kevin Feige Talks, Diesel, Rudd and Gordon-Levitt

Ant-Man casting rumors are all the nerd-rage right now with production about to begin for Edgar Wright's long-awaited take on the character, due in theaters July 31, 2015.  Actor Vin Diesel has been teasing Marvel fans about his involvement in the MCU since before SDCC '13 and has not let off the pedal despite filming the 7th installment of his Fast and Furious mega-series.  Kevin Feige just so happened to address both those topics in an interview with Huffington Post writer Mike Ryan done in advance of the release of Thor: The Dark World.

Read what Feige had to say after the quantum jump.

Earlier this month Edgar Wright, after taking a bit of a break following his work on The World's End, finally began pre-production on Ant-Man, a film that he has been developing for Marvel Studios for nearly 7 years.  After some easy fact-finding, I speculated that casting announcements for the leads wouldn't be too far off so that Marvel could use them to do some script reads with potential candidates for the rest of the cast and that we should expect some movement there pretty soon.  Here we are, not quite 3 weeks later, and casting rumors are coming out quicker than we can keep up with potential favorites rumored for Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne.

Unfortunately for us fans, the rumors about Rashida Jones had not hit the web yet when Mike Ryan interviewed Don Feige, but he did get a chance to ask him about the rumors that Paul Rudd (yes, please) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (please, no...he needs to be Stephen Strange) were vying for the role of Hank Pym in Ant-Man.

What Feige said:

On Rudd: "Well nothing is true, yet.  I like Paul Rudd, too."

On Gordon-Levitt and the fact that he has been rumored to be involved in 3 roles for Marvel (Star-Lord, Ant-Man and Doctor Strange): "Well, sometimes it's because we are legitimately talking, and sometimes it's just because he's a prominent actor out there now. And lot of rumors surround prominent actors."

What Comic Book Brain Splatter Read:

"Paul Rudd is going to be cast as Ant-Man; we really want to work with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and we are absolutely going to do so in the near future, most likely by casting him as Doctor Strange in another Phase 3 movie, unless he's too busy to take on a multi-picture deal."

Let's be thoughtful here for one second.  Marvel doesn't really have co-favorites for the role of Pym.  Whoever is making the final call has a favorite.  If they aren't sure I suggest flipping a coin and, while it's in the air, when they think, "Don't be tails, don't be tails," then they cast the other guy.  However, it's not that easy for the people at Marvel, is it?  In a perfect world for Brain Splatter, Rudd takes the role as Pym and JGL ends up as the Sorcerer Supreme...we'll have to wait and see how it goes, but we won't be waiting long.  Feige has tipped his hand a little here and we already know they have done some reading and narrowing down.  Quite honestly we could find out the identity of our Ant-Man any day now and it would not be surprising to find out who will be playing Janet Van Dyne shortly thereafter.

The voice of Groot in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film is much less of a secret.  We've known for some time that Vin Diesel would be voicing the massive tree in the film, which recently completed filming, but, according to Feige, it is not official...yet. "Yeah, I think it's close. I think it's close to being official for the Groot character. But, not 100 percent yet, " said Feige when asked about the lack of an official announcement.  

Diesel has had a whole lot of fun with this and it has been good for Marvel.  Groot is not a well-known character but Diesel is really building up some anticipation for him through his social media onslaught.  This can only be a good thing for the film.  Guardians of the Galaxy is quickly becoming a very highly anticipated film and Diesel's interaction with the public is going to but more butts in seats.

Ryan promises more from his chat with Feige as we get closer to November 8 when Thor: The Dark World is released stateside.