When it comes to making movies set within their wonderfully constructed shared universe, Marvel seems to have a formula that is for the most part, foolproof. Having displayed their technique over the last 10 years the studio is now a hit-making machine. Legendary actor Michael Douglas, who appears as Dr. Hank Pym in the latest big screen adventure from the studio, in Ant-Man and the Wasp, recently gave fans some more insight into Marvel’s process while speaking with Entertainment Weekly.
“Each picture, I think they decide upon their big action set pieces, which they set up early on, so they get a lot of time for prep, and then they work their way in. And then, when you get to more character scenes, depending upon the actors, they allow a lot of leeway. So, Michael Peña, for one, comes up with all this wonderful wiggy, wiggy stuff. Paul Rudd’s another one that does that. And I think they encourage that, and it gives you kind of the freshness that I think separates the Marvel pictures from the rest of these superhero films.”
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From what Douglas said, Marvel lays a nice foundation for the big scenes but allows room for change in the smaller ones, such as allowing the actors to experiment and sort of improv in the more personal and character driven parts of the film. Besides a couple films more on the mediocre end of the scale (I’m looking at you Thor: The Dark World), Marvel has kept up a consistent level of quality in their shared universe, and it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly