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‘Ant-Man’ Finds A New Villain; Kevin Feige Talks ‘Captain America 2’ Easter Eggs & ‘Age Of Ultron’

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by Edward Davis
April 5, 2014 3:17 PM
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Edgar Wright's "Ant-Man" seems to be done most of its major casting, but one more name has been announced. Relative unknown and "Terminator 3" actor Matt Gerald has joined the cast as the movie's villain; or one of them anyhow. The identity of that villain is currently unknown and like most Marvel movies, we assume they'll be more than one antagonist

“Ant-Man” already stars Paul Rudd as the titular hero aka Scott Lang, Michael Douglas will play Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man, or at least the man who created the shrinking serum and the rest of the cast includes Evangeline Lily, “House Of Cards” actor Corey Stoll, Patrick Wilson of “Watchmen” and Michael Peña. “Ant-Man” opens in the summer of 2015.

Meanwhile, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige is everywhere of course, doing the rounds for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (which is expected to gross more than $100 million this weekend. Feige’s already said the Marvel movie roadmap extends to 2028, but has been pretty non-committal to confirming movies for new characters.

*Spoilers from here on in, so please turn away if you haven’t seen the movie.*

Let’s start less spoilery. Asked about ‘The Winter Soldier’ and how it relates to the next films, Feige said the ‘Captain America’ sequel ties more directly to “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” than “Iron Man 3” or “Thor: The Dark World.” Speaking to Crave Feige said some of it applies to Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent conspicuously absent in the S.H.I.E.L.D.-centric ‘Winter Soldier.’

"We will discover, later, the answers to that question [why Hawkeye is AWOL from ‘Cap 2’]. But it really came down to how many players can you have on the field at this time?,” Feige said of reducing characters in the sequel.

“ We really wanted to bring in Falcon [Anthony Mackie], we really wanted to team [Captain America] up with Black Widow, we really wanted Fury to have more of a part than he’s ever had in any of the other movies before. We wanted, ever so briefly, to introduce Sharon Carter. And we had a fun place for Maria Hill to be involved. So we didn’t want to just have, “Hey, I’m Hawkeye! Hey, I’m Iron Man!” We want to avoid the brief cameos of the week....”

“Not every character from every movie is going to be in Age of Ultron, for sure,” Feige added. “But Joss [Whedon] is excited and, for the characters you haven’t seen since the first Avengers – like Hawkeye, like Hulk – there’s a reason for that, and that gets [them] showcased quite prominently in Age of Ultron."

OK and now for the semi-big spoiler. If you’ve seen the movie and you’re paying attention, you know that Stephen Strange, aka Dr. Strange’s name is dropped. Is that sowing the seeds for the rumored Dr. Strange” movie (or which directors and actors have been met with already)? Again, Feige was non-committal and instead sort of shrugged it off as low-key introducing ground work (this quote will make a lot more sense after you’ve seen ‘Cap 2.’)

"Well, we know what it means and where we want to head with it, but we were comfortable with keeping it in there and leaving it in there because there are a few different ways to interpret it. The whole thing, what Sitwell’s saying is, this algorithm is going to predict if you’re going to become a problem for Hydra or not. So you don’t have to just be Tony Stark, actively plotting to save the world. You could be a kid whose SAT scores and whose essays have indicated that you’re going to be a problem one day. So is Stephen Strange the Sorcerer Supreme? Probably not at that point. Is he an unbelievably talented neurosurgeon who’s opinionated and kind of arrogant? Probably. That might put him on the list.​"

Will Strange be one of the movies announced for 2016 or 2017? That’s unclear, but Feige adds, “I think we’re very close to knowing and probably a few months from announcing. [our] 2016/2017 [movies]. Those are already rumored to beThor 3,” “Avengers 3” and good ol’ “Dr. Strange.”

For more Marvel, here’s our recent feature, we ranked every Marvel film (Marvel Studios or otherwise) from Best To Worst. [Deadline/Crave]

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8 Comments

  • Armand | April 14, 2014 12:14 PMReply

    It's one thing to whine about something like making Heimdall or the Human Torch a minority... but Falcon was probably one of the most significant hero team ups in Captain America history, including headlining with him for a good portion of a decade. His presence underlines the idea that a diverse America can stand up for what is right, regardless of race, faction, or politics. Yes, they HAD to include Falcon... the bow-for-hire hitman that follows SHIELD orders regardless of morality would absolutely NOT fit into the main theme of the movie, as Black Widow was already busy with handling the "teetering-on-the-line" role nicely. Besides, they did a fantastic job with Falcon in general... what's there really to complain about?

  • Dretos | April 6, 2014 10:25 PMReply

    Emperor Zerg rush...why wouldn't they bring in falcon? Falcon is a pretty
    Important character in ultimate captain America which these movies are modeled after.
    There was like no minorities in Thor or the first captain America so I doubt that is their reasoning

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | April 5, 2014 5:26 PMReply

    Sowing the seeds. Though the thought of someone sewing them is amusing.

    Also that excuse for not using Hawkeye is really... flimsy. They HAD to bring in Falcon? I call bullshit on that. They had to bring in another actor to meet their minority quota apparently (Jackson and Cheadle apparently not being enough to assuage their fears of angry boycotters) seems more likely.

    Even if he isn't blowing smoke, I hope they do find something to do with Hawkeye, aka "that guy who was in the Avengers on the active roster and got criminally underused because seemingly outside of the confines of a comic book no one knows how to write him effectively for his transition to the big screen (if I were Renner I'd definitely be ready to pull a Terrence Howard at this point).

  • Emperor Zerg Rush | April 6, 2014 11:28 PM

    TroLOLZ all you want Kate, it's obvious every time things get too white in Hollywood SOMEONE has to piss and moan about it.

  • Kate | April 5, 2014 8:12 PM

    "fears of angry boycotters" LOLLLLZ

  • Jeremy | April 5, 2014 3:58 PMReply

    It's Matt Gerald, not Matt Gerard. It took me 30 seconds on IMDB to figure this out. What's your excuse?

  • Edward Davis | April 5, 2014 5:54 PM

    You'll never be me, Jeremy, sorry.

  • Wockerdaw | April 5, 2014 4:18 PM

    Woah. Just correct him. No need to be an asshole.

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