Apple held a Q&A session with Marvel Studio‘s head honcho Kevin Feige and one of the stars of The Avengers Bruce Banner himself, Mark Ruffalo, at their store in London’s Regent Street. Our Deputy Editor (@cizza19) was in attendance and has written up the highlights of the event.
The interview which was conducted by BBC Radio one’s Edith Bowman began with a few general questions about The Avengers which Feige had admitted they have been building towards ever since Iron Man. Ruffalo also spilled the beans on how he prepared to take on the role of Bruce Banner, after admitting to seeking Ed Norton‘s blessing before he accepted the role, and revealed how he went back to watching The Incredible Hulk TV show from the 70′s which starred Bill Bixby. Ruffalo spoke about how he watched the classic show with his son, who turned to him after 3 episodes and said “Papa, he isn’t a bad man, he is just misunderstood” which he said was what is at the core of the character.
The real juicy info however came from Kevin Feige during the fan Q&A session. One fan asked Feige if there were any plans to bring any of Marvel’s black super heroes to the silver screen, specifically Black Panther and Luke Cage. Feige revealed that there have been scripts drafted for both, and that the Luke Cage one has been around for a couple of years now, but that they had nothing to announce yet regarding either film.
When Feige was asked about asked about Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man movie he gave the same answer he gives every time he is questioned, saying that he first spoke with Wright about it in 2003 and since then Wright and long time collaborator Ed Cornish have put together a tremendous draft and that he expects some forward movement on the project this summer after The Avengers press tour has died down.
Our (rather handsome) Deputy Editor asked Feige whether the budding bromance that was displayed between Bruce Banner and Tony Stark in The Avengers might result in Banner featuring in some capacity in Iron Man 3 and also if there were any updates on the planned A.K.A Jessic Jones TV series. Feige (after stopping himself mid speech to make sure he didn’t accidentally give away part of the Avengers ending) said despite the development of a friendship between Stark and Banner in Avengers there are currently no plans for Ruffalo’s Banner to feature in Iron Man 3. Regarding the A.K.A Jessica Jones show, Feige said that while there were no new updates on the project it was still very much in active development.
One fan asked if the plan was to feature Mark Millar’s acclaimed Civil War storyline as the basis for Avengers 3, Feige said that whilst he was a huge fan of that particular story arc Avengers 3 was a long way off and they need to make an Avengers 2 before they even think of the story line for a third. He went on to say that if they ever did decide to adapt Civil War it certainly wouldn’t be any sooner than Avengers 3.
Before they left Ruffalo fulfilled a fans request and donned a green Hulk hand to high five him, before bidding the audience adieu.
The Q&A session in it’s entirety will be available for your viewing pleasure on Apple’s official website sometime next week.