Long before he was the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige was an intern, an assistant, and eventually an associate producer for Lauren Shuler Donner. She actually gave Feige his first producing job (associate producer) on 2000’s X-Men. Shuler Donner has continued to produce the X-Men franchise while Feige has led Marvel Studios to unprecedented success.
It comes as no surprise that the original believer in Feige would be excited to work with him again in the wake of Disney purchasing the majority of Fox. Prior to the $52.4 billion deal, she already told Vanity Fair that she would love to work with Feige again, but now hypothetical scenarios are beginning to feel inevitable. We do not know when or how, but The Avengers and the X-Men will be together on the big screen.
This inevitability excites Shuler Donner, but it’s not just about reuniting with her former assistant. Donner tells Rotten Tomatoes that she is also looking forward to working with a couple key Disney executives, but only in due time.
“Look, it’s 18 months [away], so who knows? For me, I think [Disney CEO] Bob Iger is one of the smartest men in the country. [Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios] Alan Horn’s an old friend. Kevin Feige was my intern and assistant and then my associate producer on the first X-Men. Kevin and I started the X-Men together, so for me, if we work with Kevin, I’m happy.”
Optimism and patience are two things fans should keep in mind as well, not that the former has been much of an issue. The Avengers and X-Men together in a complete Marvel Cinematic Universe is an incredible possibility, but it is going to be some time before we hear any definitive plans.
Both Fox and Marvel Studios have their superhero hands full, each with three movies to release in 2018. Meetings will take place, but perhaps not until middle of this year since there’s certainly no rush today. At least we know what when the time comes, some of the most important people involved will actually want to work together and that’s a good start.