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Kevin Feige talks “Iron Man 3,” “Avengers 2” and more Marvel films

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Kevin Feige has been busy making the media rounds recently to promote “The Avengers.” But with that film nearly a month away from release, it seems like all anyone wants to hear about is Marvel’s future films.

Fortunately, Feige is willing to talk about those as much as he can. During his many recent interviews, he’s talked about everything from “The Avengers 2” to “Iron Man 3” to “The Guardians of the Galaxy,” and given us just enough to be appeased on all fronts. And thank goodness for that!

Marvel’s next movie will be “Iron Man 3,” which starts shooting in the next two months. While Feige wouldn’t confirm Ben Kingsley’s involvement, he would talk a bit about the substance of the movie. It turns out that even he knew “Iron Man 2” kind of sucked, which is why the plan is to return to the winning formula of “Iron Man.”

“Metaphorically, we’re not going back to the cave there’s nothing like that, but we’ve always said let’s get Tony back to the cave, which is he’s stripped of everything, he’s backed up against a wall, and he’s gotta use his intelligence to get out of it,” Feige told Collider. “He can’t call Thor, he can’t call Cap, he can’t call Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.”

Up next there will be “Thor 2,” which will see a return of Natalie Portman’s Jane. Though her relationship with the Norse demigod was skimmed over in “The Avengers,” it’s back in the forefront of “Thor 2.”

“We’re acknowledging that that love story in the first movie was sort of a quick crush, essentially, over the course of three quick days in the middle of the desert,” Feige continued to Collider. “And [the heart of the movie is also] the relationship between Thor and Odin, which does change drastically as it did over the course of the first movie, and picks up and continues from there.”

And don’t think that we’ve seen the last of Loki in “The Avengers.”

“Loki has a part, but there will be a different villain, another big villain. But you can’t do a ‘Thor’ movie without Loki,” Feige teased.

We also might meet someone new in “Captain America 2.” The Huffington Post asked Feige whether Captain America would have a new sidekick in his upcoming modern day sequel, and Feige hedged the answer.

“It is interesting that you ask that question. And I’m not going to give you an answer. But I will give you kudos for pointing that out and recognizing that,” he said. When HuffPo commented that they were fans of the “Captain America and the Falcon” era, Feige paused for a second and answered carefully, “That was a fun era.”

Since “The Avengers” is tracking to do so well, it seems to go without saying that Marvel wants to make a sequel. But just to be clear: they do. It turns out that before director Joss Whedon even wrote a word for “The Avengers” script, Feige and Marvel had already optioned him for an “Avengers 2,” so there is a chance he’ll be on board somewhere down the road. Feige offered up a look at how the Marvel film series will get us back to an “Avengers 2.”

“I loved that in comics, you could read all your individual heroes and you could follow their adventures, then every few years there’d be a crossover event that would bring them all together, in one book,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “Then they’d go their separate ways again, have their own adventures, and a few years later, they’d get back together again. I want to replicate that in movies.”

But even with all these sequels at work, Marvel is also working on adapting some of their standalone properties.

“I think whether it’s Ant-Man, or Dr. Strange, or The Inhumans, or The Guardians of the Galaxy,” Feige said of future projects to CraveOnline. When asked to elaborate which characters we’ll see in “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Feige said “It’s more Star-Lord and Drax and Gamora, and less Vance Astro and that team.”

Which upcoming Marvel movie are you most looking forward to? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

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They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

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