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Ahead of Comic-Con, various studio Execs have been locked in interviews about upcoming movies. Maybe as a distraction? Or, maybe as a tease of what's to come during official announcements during the event. Today we will be focusing on Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige. The know-it-all of studio plans and everything Marvel. Marvel has been in movie news for the past few days now and it doesn't seem like they are stopping with teases and exclusives.

Speaking with IGN Movies, Feige was asked about the return of some of the most iconic Marvel Cinematic Universe's villains. We all remember the controversial decision to have The Mandarin being a dupe in Iron Man 3. He was portrayed as an English actor named Trevor Slattery:

Or is there? Well according to Feige, while he was discussing the One-Shot that we saw on the [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462) Blu-Ray, the main reason why they went that route was to explore the possibilities:

There have been [talks]. That's one of the reasons we wanted to do the fun short that Drew Pearce wrote and directed. That was to clarify, 'Hey, just because we did this thing doesn't mean this other thing doesn't exist.' And as we were making Iron Man 3 -- and I think Drew's spoken about this -- that was always our intention, was that Aldrich Killian was perverting the notion of these things he's heard.

So if Slattery wasn't the real Mandarin, and if Killian just wanted to use the idea, the legend so-to-speak, then where is he? He went into a little more detail - and with reference to [Iron Man 3](movie:24391) - to explain the direction they took:

There's a little bit of that when he's doing his detective work in his lab after Happy's been injured outside the Chinese Theater. He's talking about, 'Okay, the Mandarin is taken from various iconographies and mythologies from across the world.' The idea was always there was somebody like this. There had been rumors of somebody like this, and Aldrich Killian just built on that, to make his version.

As for the Red Skull - the main antagonist in Captain America: The First Avenger and arch enemy to the captain - whose "death" was handled in very anticlimactic way, there is no real evidence of his return. Mind you I was VERY disappointed with the fact that it wasn't Alexander Pierce in [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973)...oh wait SPOILER ALERT! Pssh please, if you are a Marvel fan, WHY haven't you seen that awesome movie yet? Anyway, I was convinced it was the Red Skull. It would have been very fitting, even for a reference, since Hydra was behind the scenes all along. While Hugo Weaving has expressed his feelings about returning for the role, Kevin Feige mentions that they leave this character's destiny very open and it's quite possible that we might see his return:

Well, the way we showed his 'demise' in The First Avenger was to showcase to people that he could perhaps pop up again sometime," he teased. "I honestly don't know when or where that would be.

I hope they do bring him back for [Captain America 3](movie:994409). Maybe not as the main baddy, but at least an initial forefront for major events to take place. Well with Comic-Con literally around the corner for the Marvel panel, I'm sure we will have some answers soon. So what's up with Black Panther? Do they already have someone fit for that role? Click here for THAT article!

Source: IGN Movies

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