Exclusive: Kevin Feige on Captain America

Kevin Feige

Marvel boss Kevin Feige is a busy guy, what with Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man and The Avengers all currently wrestling for room on his plate.

But Total Film managed to get a few minutes with the comic book mogul as shooting continues on Captain America right here in the UK.

Talking up everything from Hugo Weaving’s “frightening villain” Red Skull, the current state of production on The Avengers , and just why England is the best place to shoot Captain America , Feige had plenty to say…

Why have you chosen the UK to film Captain America ?
Well it’s that two thirds of the film actually takes place in Europe and there are many scenes in and around London. 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 .

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.

How the Red Skull looking?
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. 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.

What’s happening with 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. They’re looking to design and build and prepare for when we start filming next year.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.