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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Movies the Marvel way

I talked today to Kevin Feige, president of production for Marvel Studios, about this year’s slate of Marvel’s movies — and beyond.

Heading into theaters this year: “Ghost Rider” in February, “Spider-Man 3” in May and “Fantastic Four 2: Rise of the Silver Surfer” in June. But as they say on the infomercials: Wait, there’s more! Marvel Studios, which is used to partnering with studios such as Sony and Twentieth Century Fox, is launching its own slate of movies. First up is “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey Jr. Cameras start rolling in about six weeks, Feige said.

I asked him about Iron Man’s armor since, if done wrong, it could like like Downey as the “Wizard of Oz” Tin Man.

“It’s one aspect that has come together very well,” he said. “We’ve had artists working on it for nearly a year now, designing what I believe is the single most successful translation of a character from comics to the big screen, and the best version of the suit that has ever existed.”

More on Feige’s comments in, yep, a future Comics Fan column.


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