Kevin Feige Talks Marvel Films

The man behind the plan of Marvel Studios is Kevin Feige. If you want to know anything about upcoming films, he's your go-to guy. Cinematical caught up with Feige at Comic-Con. Here are some of the highlights: On the status of Captain America:

We have a director for Captain America, Joe Johnston. He's finishing up The Wolfman, and we're halfway through developing the [Cap] script now, and he comes and joins us full time in October for a June next year start of production. When [will] we cast it? I think if we make any announcements before October, I'd be surprised. But we might! We're always looking.

On how Marvel will sell Captain America to audiences worldwide, given recent anti-American sentiment:

It certainly comes into play. I think that we'd be foolish to just forge ahead without considering that. But the truth is, Captain America is really the story of Steve Rogers -- like Peter Parker, like Bruce Banner, like Tony Stark. Tony Stark is as jingoistic a guy as there is. He's constantly talking about America, what's right for America, and making weapons to go to war with the rest of the world with, and it did extremely well overseas because his story was engaging. This movie [Captain America] is Steve Rogers' origin story, and I think it's our burden and our job to make Steve Rogers as appealing as any one of those [other] characters -- appealing in what he wants, in what he thinks is best, in doing what he thinks is right regardless of the orders he's given, he's not just the perfect Boy Scout who follows the orders every time. He's got an ideal that he wants to live up to, I think that's going to be fascinating. Also, setting it in WW2 -- the Marvel version of WW2 -- I think is going to open it up in another big way. And the rest is just marketing. What's funny is that it'll actually end up being our most international film in terms of the movie itself. It takes place overseas, much more than our other films do, and in terms of cast there's a group that Steve works with that will have an opportunity for many more international actors than our other films.

On whether or not Thor will be played as a god (because that might not be very realistic to today's audience):

Well, I believe none of our movies are all that realistic. If a billionaire industrialist were to be ambushed and stuck into a cave, the odds that he would build a suit of armor and fly away are unfortunately pretty slim! What is real in our movies is the way the characters interact with each other, and the emotional dynamics between characters, and the way they respond to the situation at hand. That'll absolutely apply whether you're in a cave in Afghanistan, or a mansion in Malibu, or in a small town in the Midwest where strange storms are erupting, or on a throne in Asgard. So that's really the emotional core and the realism that we're going to try and keep to.