And while the casting of Weaving has generally been met with fan approval — thanks in part to his memorable turn as Agent Smith in “The Matrix” trilogy — there haven’t been any full sightings yet of Weaving in costume aside from a tease at the San Diego Comic-Con. However, according to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the reveal will be worth the wait.
“Hugo Weaving has been in the Red Skull effect, in costume for a couple of weeks now and it’s a hell of a lot of fun,” Feige told Total Film. “We gave people a little taste in San Diego about what his character will look like but now that we’ve started to work with the actual skull it’s going to be a lot of fun and a rather frightening villain.”
Regarding Marvel’s previously announced decision to film “Captain America” at Pinewood Studios in England, Feige defended the choice and spoke about the history of that location.
“Two thirds of the film actually takes place in Europe and there are many scenes in and around London,” explained Feige. “So it just made sense that we film it where the majority of the film takes place. Having been here now for almost two and a half months prepping and twenty-some days into shooting. The history here is pretty impressive. I was at Pinewood yesterday and you walk past pictures of the set of Tim Burton’s original ’Batman’ and all the amazing work that Donner did on ’Superman.’
“Everytime we’re on a new stage in Shepperton somebody tells me this is where the war room was for ’Dr. Strangelove,'” continued Feige. “Or this is where they shot some of ’2001.’ There’s such an amazing genre film history here and the technicians and the crews and the sets are just some of the best we’ve ever had. It’s been a pleasure.”
Feige also offered a brief update on “The Avengers.”
“There’s not much I can tell you but Joss [Whedon] is hard at work with the script and we’ve hired most of our crew,” related Feige. “They’re looking to design and build and prepare for when we start filming next year.”
“The First Avenger: Captain America” storms into theaters on July 22, 2011 with “The Avengers” to follow on May 04, 2012.
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