I attended an expense paid trip by Disney to press events for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron (#AvengersEvent, #AgeofUltron), all opinions as always are 100% my own.
Last year when I attended my first Marvel Cinematic Universe press junket, for Guardians of the Galaxy, we were scheduled to possibly interview Kevin Feige. We did not end up interviewing him and such is the fluid nature of a press junket. Things can change very quickly and schedules can be moved around. So, because of that, I was extra excited to get a second chance to interview Kevin at the Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket. This time I did ask a question, although it was a long and rambling one that I could have condensed more succinctly.
In the movie, the team is very cohesive. They’re even doing combos and things like that with their abilities. How many years in-between, because they were all kind of fractured at the end of the different other movies, and now they’re back together. What’s kinda like a time frame there?
FEIGE: I’m not sure we ever directly say it, but we always sorta thought it. It’s between six months to a year after, probably a good year after the events of ‘The Winter Soldier’. Shield has been brought down at the end of The Winter Soldier, after revealing that Hydra had been growing within it, and that there’s a lot of fallout. Some of that is on the television series, and some of that we see at the very beginning of this movie. That scepter, Loki’s scepter, which if you look at the end of the first Avengers movie, the last time you see it, Black Widow is holding it in the shadow of all the Avengers as they’re finally taking down Loki. Our back story is that it went to a Shield, a secure Shield vault somewhere, but of course, Shield was not secure, and it ended up in the hands of Strucker at the beginning of this film.
After speaking with Joss (see Tuesday’s Interview Post with Joss Whedon) and then speaking with Kevin about the opening of the movie, it makes even more sense to me that it began the way it did with a giant fight scene like it was ripped from the pages of a comic book. The more I think back on it I see how well done it was. You are immediately brought up to speed even though where everyone was and how they got back together isn’t explained, it doesn’t need to be. Continue reading #AvengersEvent – Interview with Marvel President, Kevin Feige