Exclusive Interview: Kevin Feige on The Infinity Stones, Civil War and More

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CraveOnline: The Kingpin was considered to be a Spider-Man villain as well as a Daredevil villain. Do you think there’s any room to follow that through, or is he too dark and R-rated now with Daredevil?

Kevin Feige: I don’t know. I think once something is back in the universe, as certainly Daredevil is, it’s all fair game. It’s just adding more toys outside the sandbox that we can grab to pull in the sandbox. I hear D’Onofrio’s awesome in that. I haven’t seen the whole show.

He’s amazing.

That’s great. That’s what I hear.

It seems like you’re situating the Inhumans to be functionally like mutants, in that it gives people powers without giving them a huge epic backstory. Is that true? Because that’s the talk, and everyone’s asking.

I think they’re beginning to seed a lot of that in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. show, but the notion from the comics that I think is interesting, is the notion of needing to have this DNA that could be activated by the [Terrigen] Mists, which is what’s so cool about Inhumans to me.

Do you think the movie is going to be in direct relation to what’s going on in the TV show, or do you have an entirely separate plan for that? I don’t imagine Black Bolt is going to show up in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. any time soon…

Exactly. I think there will be threads of it, for sure, that carry over.

So you got Spider-Man back, and thank god, but I’m wondering… if you could get the X-Men back, would you want them? I don’t know how you’d even use them now. You can’t say they’ve been around since World War II, right?

Well, the answer would always be “yes,” I think, to getting them back. But I think they have a solid plan over that at Fox for a while.

——— Spoiler Alert for ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ ———

There’s a new team of Avengers at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. I assume they’ll be back in Captain America: Civil War in some capacity, right? You can’t have a “Civil War” with just two guys. Isn’t that just a fight?

That would be… that would be disappointing. [Laughs.]

Does that mean that we can expect Tony Stark to have his own team, or are they just going to be fighting a lot of Iron People?

They’re not fighting a lot of Iron People, I’ll tell you that. There’s a lot of people in the movie. 

You’re setting up a lot of stuff in Age of Ultron. Is there anything in particular you don’t want people to miss, like a little Easter Egg, or even just a reference that you thought was great?

Well, there’s a lot of references I think are great. Some of it is just the tension bubbling up between friends, which is why I showed that log-chopping scene at the event last October, if you remember. Some of it is, Thor finally realizing something’s going on here, in a galactic sense. Somebody’s screwing with us. He’s going to go off and investigate that, and the Tesseract, and the orb in Guardians [of the Galaxy], the sceptre in this movie…

The Aether in Thor: The Dark World…

The Aether… They’re all connected.

You finally referred to one of them as “a [blank] gem” in Age of Ultron. The scepter is the Mind Gem. Do you know what the other ones are? Is it important that you keep that information from us right now, like the Tesseract is the Space Gem, whatever that would be?

Yeah, basically there are two we haven’t introduced yet, but the others are more or less accounted for. 

Right, but I’m talking about by name.

It’s definitely the Mind Stone that is now in the Vision. Space, you’re right. Time and Soul are the two that are not accounted for. 


William Bibbiani is the editor of CraveOnline’s Film Channel and the host of The B-Movies Podcast. Follow him on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.