Kevin Feige has been discussing Marvel’s plans for The Avengers 2, pointing to Iron Man 3 as a good indicator of the tone and direction of the forthcoming mega-sequel.
“Well Joss has said it on the record in the past, it’s not about going bigger,” explaines Feige. “I mean certainly you want to up the ante, you want to exceed people’s expectations, but I think there are various ways of doing that and Iron Man 3 is a very, very good test for us of doing exactly that.
“The first movie we make after The Avengers has our hero spending more time out of the suit than any of the other movies; that seems potentially counterintuitive to some people, but that was exactly why we did it. It’s a much deeper and a more exploratory character journey on the heels of our biggest spectacle with The Avengers.”
“What is most interesting to us and why we hired Joss Whedon in the first place is the interaction between the characters,” continues Feige. “That’s more fun to us than the massive action scenes that are gonna have to come with it.”
“We’re gonna have to be clever and raise the bar, but already the scenes that Joss has of just the characters sitting around and interacting are hilarious and are awesome and are moving and a notch or two above the first movie, and to me that’s where you wanna top yourself.”
With Iron Man 3 scooping $175.3 million during its opening weekend in the US (the second-biggest opening of all time behind The Avengers), audience appetites for Marvel’s A-list heroes are clearly as potent as ever.
Expect those tills to keep ringing throughout Phase 2, until The Avengers 2 eventually arrives on 1 May 2015.