Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spent time asking questions at a press event for Ant-Man. He addressed so many different topics it seems to make sense to pull them all into one spot. There are a few potential minor spoilers for Ant-Man so read carefully.
** Questions that start with asterisks may contain spoilers in the answers. **
Starting off with the possibility of the Marvel television characters making the jump to the film:
As those [shows] come out, as those get into the culture I think they're, just like what happens in the movies, tools in the toolbox for some of those shows. And what happens on those shows could be tools in the tool box of the movies. I think that'll happen at some point.
On The Hulk appearing in Captain America: Civil War:
[Hulk] is not a primary part of Civil War. He may not be a part at all.
On the rumors of Kenneth Branagh returning for Thor: Ragnarok:
Not true. I don't know where that came from,
So when will we know who is directing the film:
Probably towards the end of the summer we would announce a filmmaker and a writer. May be the same person, I don't know, may be two different people.
** On if some of the footage from the closing scenes from Ant-Man were actually from Captain America: Civil War:
Yes, that is material shot for Civil War.
** And if we will see it again in CA:CW:
Yes, you will. It might be different takes, it might be different angles. Somebody brought up the comparison to the Thor tag at the end of Iron Man 2, which was material shot for the Thor film but we cut slightly differently.
Addressing when a Gay character may appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:
The answer is, there is no reason why that can't happen any time soon. You know, we pull the characters from the comics, for the most part, and they've been forging new ground for decades in the comics. They've been very progressive in the comics. And even more recently in a very important and progressive way. And we keep track of all of those things and are inspired by all of those things, so I'd love it to find an organic, meaningful and natural way for that to happen at some point in the not so distant future.
Talking about what the new Marvel/Sony version of Spider-Man may feel like:
It's the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn't seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven't seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we're inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven't done before excites us.
On who may be the bad guy for the film:
Right now we're interested in seeing villains we haven't seen before.
And then moving on to Doctor Strange, Feige was asked about where Strange will live now that New York has changed so much:
The Sanctum is on Bleecker Street, the modern day Bleecker Street. He will be the strangest thing walking out onto that street.
And addressing the unconfirmed rumors of Tilda Swinton playing the Ancient One:
As we were developing this film we looked at The Ancient One as a mantle more than a specific person. The sorcerers have been around for millennia, protecting us from things we didn't know about until this story. There have been multiple [Ancient Ones], even if this one has been around for five hundred years, there were others. This is a mantle, and therefore felt we had leeway to cast in interesting ways.
** And finally on what the Doctor Strange film will be like and he compares it to the ending of Ant-Man:
Strange leaves New York in search of something and heads east. We send Ant-Man on a very weird, mind-bending journey at the end of Ant-Man. It was something we hadn't seen in a shrinking movie before, but it also represents the tip of the mind-bending weirdness we're going to do in Strange, which I think will surprise people.