Here’s a dose of what I like to call “news we can use.” Last week we posted a story that featured Marvel Studios producer Kevin Feige in which he gave a breakdown of what we can expect from the upcoming Marvel slate. Unfortunately for we got an e-mail from the studios asking us to pull the story, and it was taken down. But no worries because now we’ve got something even better to quench your comic thirst! This weekend the Produced by Conference was held in Culver City, California and Feige along with other Marvel executives took part in an open panel discussion where they gave some updates on their latest superhero films.

Over at FirstShowing, they have a pretty detailed transcription of what went down at the conference. So, here’s a nice summary of all the goodies that Alex Billington picked up!

Iron Man 2

  • They want to carry over the tone and humor from the first movie.
  • They want to add more characters and increase the action, but still keep the sensibility and tone from the previous film.
  • Scarlett Johansson’s character Natasha will have “two-sides.” “Her entrance is as an assistant to Tony Stark, but she is later revealed to be a character named Black Widow.”


  • Feige is very pleased with the casting of  Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston as the two leads.
  • His interpretation of Loki’s connection to Thor: ” a classic villain that could be sustained over the course of many films and provide the hero with a challenge while also being a mirror of that hero himself was very tough.”
  • Confirmed that Thor’s alter ego Donald Blake will not appear in the film.
  • The film’s setting will take place more on modern earth than on the mystical Asgard.
  • Director Kenneth Branagh got rid of the classic Shakespearean dialogue that’s typically used in the comics

Captain America: The First Avenger

  • It will “primarily” be a period piece, but they want it to have the “same level of fun” as something like Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • In regards to director Joe Johnston: Feige states, “It’s the movie his entire career has been leading towards.”
  • As for Captain America’s sidekick Bucky, Feige said that it’s a “safe bet” that he’ll show up in the film.

The Avengers

For more information on other future Marvel films check out FirstShowing.net.

This is a lot to take in, but it was an informative panel to say the least! I’m happy he mentioned the little tidbit about having more characters but keeping the same sensibility because a lot of films lose that as their franchises grow. That’s my main concern with creating a ”connected” franchise of this scale. It’s hard enough trying to make a single trilogy work let alone individual properties that come together to form a mega series. Feige seems to understand this conflict to some degree. He stated,  “Having an idea is one thing, bringing an idea to life is another.”  If he sticks to that principle they might be able to pull this off!

What do you think about the latest Marvel Updates? Who do you think will be announced for a feature film in 2012?