With “Doctor Strange” almost in theaters and a trio of anticipated films — “Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “Thor: Ragnarok” — slated for 2017, there’s a lot going on in the Marvel Cinematic Universe right now. And that’s not even looking ahead to 2018 when the next “Avengers” movie drops. With so much going on, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had plenty to say to Collider during a recent interview.
Considering the epic scope of the next “Avengers” film, an installment expected to have dozens of heroes in it, Feige addressed whether or not Sony and Marvel’s new partnership includes an appearance from the wall-crawler in the ensemble film.
“We’re figuring it out. I mean, [the deal] was really the specifics for ‘Captain America: Civil War’ and ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming,'” said Feige when asked if Spider-Man will appear in the next “Avengers.” “‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ just wrapped as you know and we’re just getting into cutting that movie, so that’s the primary focus but we are… that iceberg is thawed and is non existent. So we talk to them all the time about what could be fun for the future.”
And when asked straight up if Peter Parker will stand as one of Earth’s Mightiest, Feige replied, “It is I would say that is part of the surprise. I don’t want to spoil anything one way or another.”
Considering the surprise partnership between Marvel and Sony, many wonder if a similar deal will ever be reached between Marvel and Fox. Such a deal could allow the X-Men and Fantastic Four to take part in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When asked if the relationship between Fox and Marvel had started to thaw in recent years or if it remained “a frozen tundra,” Feige played along with the metaphor.
“Well, it’s the same as it has always been. I don’t want to attribute it as a frozen wasteland or anything like that,” answered Feige. “We all get along and I see them occasionally but there’s no change in any dynamic.”
The next “Avengers” films start shooting in January and, as Feige says, “will continue rolling in some form or another through October, November.” So that’s pretty much all of 2017.
Fox’s X-Men plans remain extensive, with “Logan” hitting theaters on March 3, 2017 and a new X-Men TV series “Legion” debuting on FX in February. Additionally, “Deadpool 2” is expected to arrive in 2018, and films based on “New Mutants” and “Gambit” are in various stages of production.
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