Kevin Feige Reveals How 'Iron Man 3' Avoids Threequel Syndrome

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by Brett White

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was on hand Tuesday night at Entertainment Weekly's screening of "Iron Man 3," part of their inaugural CapeTown Film Festival at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre. Following the film screening, Feige took part in a Q&A session wherein the Marvel mastermind opened up about a wide range of topics. The big question of the evening, and of the entire week as "Iron Man 3's" Friday opening draws near, was just exactly how Feige made sure that the Iron Man threequel would not fail creatively like so many super-threequels before it.

"This is Marvel Studios' first Part Three," said Feige. "It's my first Part Three as a solo producer. But I've been a part of other Part Threes that I don’t think people [consider] tremendous successes. There, I witnessed what I thought were pitfalls we should avoid. And one of them was not taking a risk to do something different, to take a chance with the formula. Hiring ['Iron Man 3' director] Shane Black was a big part of that."

He continued by adding that Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which kicks off with "Iron Man 3," serves a very different purpose from Phase One. "Phase One was about convincing moviegoing audiences that this universe is connected. Phase Two, especially at the beginning with 'Iron Man 3,' is to show that they're just as cool by themselves."

Feige went on to discuss Marvel's recently reacquired film rights to Daredevil. While he does confirm that the rights are indeed back in Marvel's hands, he doesn't offer much hope for Marvel using them any time soon.

"There comes a time in contracts where, if a studio is done making the movies, [the characters] come home," said Feige. "That doesn't mean we're going to make another movie. But it means they're back in the fold, which is where we want them to be." If someone could direct Feige to our suggestions for getting Daredevil off the ground, that'd be great.

Feige also touched upon the idea of a female-led Marvel film. "We have a number of candidates from the comics and from the movies we've already made. It's just a matter of finding the right storyline, the right filmmaker, the right time." An audience member then suggested She-Hulk, to which Feige responded, "She-Hulk would be pretty great."

Somewhere Angie Harmon's ears just perked up.

There are plenty other details worth reading, including Feige's assessment of Phase Two's progress, over at

[via Comic Book Movie]

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