Over the weekend, we spoke to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige who, with Avengers: Infinity War upon us, was in a reflective mood. We will have a lot from Feige over the course of the week, but let’s start with the one thing Feige would change in one of the past Marvel movies, one detail that bugs him to no end and if he could change it, he would, right now. I asked if he had one of those.
“I have all of those,” replied Feige.
He continues, “I think most people do. It’s very hard. You finish a movie and it’s done and you watch it and it takes years to be able to look back at it and go, oh, we weren’t just forced to stop and put it in theaters. This actually turned out pretty well. And that’s actually fun to revisit and see the movies grow and change, even in your own perception. I think that’s the great thing about film. But I’ll look back at any of the movies and see where we came to a fork in the road – in development, or editorial, or visual effects – and made a choice to go one way. And, seemingly, to the world it works. But we know there are three other versions that, boy, if we had gotten that to work maybe it would be even better. But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t really matter because all that matters is the way it finishes.”
Asked for a specific example, Feige dishes on what one thing in the past movies that bothers him the most.
“I’ll tell you one specific example I just thought of today and I laugh at it,” says Feige, who does start laughing. “Definitively, the one thing I would definitely do differently if I had to do it over again, is we would not have dyed Chris Hemsworth’s eyebrows blond in the first Thor. Because we were like, Thor is blond! He has to be blond! And Hemsworth was great and awesome and pulled it off, but there are a couple of shots I watch and I’m like, oh my God, that poor guy, we made him freaking dye his eyebrows! That’s ridiculous! And I can laugh about it now because Hemsworth is Thor and he doesn’t need long hair, or a cape, or a hammer, or two eyeballs to be Thor.”
When I told Feige that I had to now go look at these dyed eyebrows, Feige deadpanned, “Oh, don’t, you’ll never unsee it.”
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