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Kevin Feige Says 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Is "95% In Space"; Says 'Captain America 2' Is Like A '70s Political Thriller

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 4, 2013 5:30 PM
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While Warner Bros. flounders around trying to figure out what to do with "Justice League," Kevin Feige is showing them -- and the rest of Hollywood -- how it's done. With "The Avengers" capping off Phase One of the Marvel cycle by making a billion dollars or so, Feige has led the studio to unprecedented success in a genre that was once considered a risky niche. But for Phase Two he's raising the bar, and getting more ambitious, and that can easily be seen by the decision to make "Guardians Of The Galaxy."

Outside of the diehards, the comic characters aren't part of the pop culture sphere at large, and featuring characters that include an anthropomorphic raccoon and a tree named Groot alongside more traditional looking heroes, it's going to be quite a feat to connect it to the mainstream. But Feige is up to the challenge, but he may have one more hurdle: the upcoming movie apparently mostly takes place mostly in space. Asked by SFX about how "cosmic" the Phase Two films will be, Feige provided a detailed and thoughtful answer. 

“['Thor: The Dark World'] and the 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' film certainly are cosmic. 'Guardians' and 'Thor' will take the brunt of the cosmic side of the universe, particularly 'Guardians,' which is 95% in space," he explained. "I think 'Iron Man 3' shows the other side of Phase 2, which is delving deeper into the characters. Throwing them on a much more personal journey." 

But perhaps even more intriguing is what may be in store for "Captain American: The Winter Soldier," which could find Marvel tweaking the superhero formula in an intersting way. "Shane Black’s described 'Iron Man 3' as a Tom Clancy sort of political thriller, which I like a lot. We hired our directors on Cap because they loved our explanation that we really want to make a ’70s political thriller masquerading as a big superhero movie," Feige enthused. "Just like with the first film – we got Joe Johnston because we said, ‘We want to do a ’40s World War Two movie masquerading as a big superhero movie.’ I love that we’re doing a sequel to a film that’s a completely different genre than the first film. I think that’s fun. And the comics do it all the time.”

That's certainly exciting stuff, and while many have wondered how 'Guardians' will tie into the inevitable "The Avengers 2," Feige cautions fans. "It’s much more of a standalone film. It takes place in the same universe. And when we’ve been on the other side of that universe in other movies, you might see those characteristics in 'Guardians,' but the Avengers are not involved with what’s happening out there at this time,” he explained.

So not exactly Earth shaking, but interesting nonetheless, and it's certainly intriguing that Marvel are experimenting by tossing genre elements at their superhero characters and worlds. "Guardians Of The Galaxy" opens on August 1, 2014.

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5 Comments

  • concerned citizen kane | March 4, 2013 10:04 PMReply

    don't mean to be cynical, i've just been hurt before.

  • concerned citizen kane | March 4, 2013 9:17 PMReply

    hate how these execs throw around phrases like 70s political thriller to help sell corporate entertainment, hoping they can appeal to cinephiles by using their own language. at the end of the day it's a guy in a cape fighting a guy made by a computer. don't fool yourself.

  • Hombre Gato | March 4, 2013 5:36 PMReply

    I'd rather it be recognized that Steve Rogers is a more interesting character than his superhero alter-ego. The deleted scenes from the Avengers was a taste of what I want from a Captain America sequel... not Winter Soldier.

    Steve needs a chance to deal with his homesickness. Part of that is adjusting to the modern NYC while applying his old fashioned sincerity to his neighbors and relationships, and part of that is being in mourning, which there's absolutely no time for if we're skipping from WWII straight to Bucky's Back.

    I want the guy who listens to big band and wishes he could take in a game at Ebbets Field again. The guy who wishes you would look him in the eye and can't go to the grocery without tunneling through noise pollution. Steve Rogers wants time to bike across the country. He might try working as a policeman or a concept artist for a marketing firm because even after all he's done for The Avengers, it feels too comfortable taking money from S.H.I.E.L.D. or Tony Stark.

    All of this is far more compelling than his costume and I think Chris Evans as an actor would much rather engage with it on that meaningful level. There's plenty of time to care about Captain America between the global conflicts. "Political thriller" doesn't give me much hope for that.

  • Hombre Gato | March 5, 2013 6:53 AM

    @SammyDavisJr.

    That's exactly how the comics balance things. The solo books are kind of boring for kids because they developed the characters better, while still managing to squeeze a melee into almost every issue. With The Avengers, there's barely a rest. The team goes from one urgency to the next, relating to each other during plane rides and public appearances.

    It was right to leave the deleted scenes of Cap out of the movie, but it will be wrong if the sentiment of those scenes aren't the primary goal of a Captain America sequel.

  • sdj | March 5, 2013 4:27 AM

    Exactly my thoughts. They should spend more time fleshing out the character and leave the main action for Avngers 2.

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