Kevin Feige’s done the near impossible: making a household name out of a producer. Where actors and directors have long hogged the limelight, Feige holds the distinction of being known publicly as the man behind a universe.
And not just any universe at that, but the very first shared cinematic universe. Or, well, at least the very first successful one: the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)!
And now, he’s crossing universes over to one far, far away (thought still within the multiverse of Disney) to Star Wars!
Having begun as an assistant to veteran (superhero) movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Feige’s career took a meteoric turn when brought in to assist in the production of Bryan Singer’s X-Men in 2000. Incidentally, his involvement was largely due to Singer stepping in with a new creative team. Feige was meant to guide writers David Hayter and Tom DeSanto who were essentially replacing initial writer/possible director Joss Whedon. Feige would eventually work with Whedon for the MCU‘s seminal crossover, The Avengers.
Impressing Marvel Studios founder and X-Men producer Avi Arad, Feige was brought into the fold and soon rose to president. His overseeing reign commenced with 2008’s Iron Man. This was followed by an exclusive deal with Universal Pictures that same year with The Incredible Hulk. With the control of Marvel Studios handed over to Feige before Universal could dish out a sequel to 2003’s Hulk, he fought to have the character rebooted for the MCU.
The Incredible Hulk would go on to become the first film to share a universe with Iron Man, and even featured a cameo by Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark.
11 years later, Feige currently stands as the producer of some of the highest grossing films of all time with 9 of the 23 MCU films each grossing over US$1 billion.
So it’s really no surprise that Disney’s decided to spread his Marvel magic over to their sister franchise. With the primary Star Wars saga coming to an extended pause following The Rise of Skywalker later this year, the future seems a tad uncertain for series.
Sure, there’s a whole load of content flying our way with the very many Disney+ shows. And there’s at least two other film trilogies being developed. One by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and another by Game of Thrones‘ very own David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.
It remains to be seen if Feige will be developing one of these already slated films or something entirely new. It would make sense if he worked in tandem with the mentioned creatives to assist in building a cohesive universe. After all, that is what he would now be most well-known for.