In an interview with IGN, Kevin Feige, head of Marvel Studios, dropped more than a few behind-the-scenes tidbits about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including addressing whether or not we might see Wolverine hanging out with the Avengers any time soon.
First, speaking on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy (which also debuted three new posters today, featured throughout this piece), Feige revealed that a scene in an early draft of James Gunn's script gave the studio confidence to let the director's own voice come through on screen.
"That scene was in an early draft. And that scene goes on. Just the five of them, sitting in the circle you see, for eight minutes just talking and bantering back-and-forth. And it’s awesome. It’s great. My recollection is that in one of the early drafts we said ‘This scene is awesome – the whole movie should feel like this scene.’ And he went ‘Oh great, I was nervous about that scene. Because that scene is the most me, and I was afraid that you guys would say ‘Ooh that’s too long. Too much talking’.’"
Feige went on to address actor Vin Diesel's love of comics, stating that he feels that, even with his voice performance as Groot in GotG, there may still be a place for him in a live-action role in later films.
"He really is a force of nature. I was always a fan. But I’ve really grown to respect him and love what he does and what he stands for. So certainly someday. Right now I’m just so happy that the Groot thing worked out and that he’s embraced it in the way that he has. But I think there are any number of places that he could fit in a live-action way."
Thursday, on IGN's Keepin' It Reel podcast, Walking Dead star Michael Rooker discussed his role as Yondu in Guardians of the Galaxy, stating that when he first looked into the character, he thought that his outlandish appearance was "cool," stating, "I thought, 'I could do this (...) but man, I'm gonna really have to start working out!"
Rooker also confided that, when he was younger, he had a hard time learning to read, and turned to comics as a way to connect words with pictures, stating that he still relies on visualization techniques with his scripts to this day. Rooker also discussed the changes to the character, stating that he was curious as to whether Yondu would be joining the team via time travel, and revealing his ongoing debate with director James Gunn as to the nature of his iconic mohawk, explaining that the character has some cybernetic enhancements, a theme that permeates through the film.
Wrapping up the discussion of GotG, Feige said that, when it comes to the Avengers and the Guardians teaming up, "Part of the fun is that it could happen someday."
Feige moved on to addressing Hugh Jackman's well-publicized wish that Wolverine could join the Avengers and fight the Hulk, stating that, though Fox currently owns film rights to the X-Men, " I’m not going to rule out anything (...) But I would say for the immediate future, Fox is very busy building their X-Men universe and redoing the Fantastic Four universe."
Finally, in response to reports that Universal and Legendary Pictures were currently developing a Namor feature, Feige said that, if a Namor movie were to be produced, it would be under the Marvel banner, but that complicated rights issues were preventing them from simply making such a film a reality.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly debuted a cover story discussing plot details of Avengers: Age of Ultron, including Ultron's origin, and teasing details about the Vision.
Whedon confirmed a connection between android Avenger Vision - himself a creation of Ultron - and Tony Stark's AI operating system J.A.R.V.I.S. stating that Paul Bettany, who provides the voice of J.A.R.V.I.S., being cast as Vision is "no coincidence," further revealing that Vision, as well as newcomers Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are not exactly on the side of the angels when things kick off.
Elsewhere, back at IGN, Scarlett Johansson discussed her own role in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in her fourth onscreen appearance as Black Widow.
When asked whether she thought Black Widow ought to have super-powers or special armor to qualify for the Avengers, Johansson said, "She's a super spy. Her ability to understand the complexity of the criminal mind, she uses that to her advantage. She's often the one that's going, 'Right, you think it's this way, but if you think about it from this person's perspective, this might be the answer.' She's always using her experience in her sordid past to her advantage. I don't think there's any super suit that could supersede that for her."
However, the actress also hinted at an expanded arsenal for Black Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron, saying, "And she gets some pretty good toys too, especially in Avengers 2 -- I can't complain."
Expanding on her discussion of the upcoming Avengers sequel, Johansson said that director Joss Whedon was working to expand the universe, not to simply rehash the successes of the first film. Speaking on her own character arc, Johansson had this to say about Black Widow; "At this stage, when you see the Widow, she's -- especially in Avengers, these characters all have a past, and hers is a very complex one, where she's realizing -- and it's kind of a continuation of Cap 2 -- 'I've never made an active choice. I'm a product of other people's imposition.' That's going to catch up with her."