In ten years and twenty films, Kevin Feige stands out as the biggest common denominator behind Marvel Studios’ unprecedented success. He’s been there from the beginning, producing every single film from Iron Man to Ant-Man and the Wasp. He’s also served as the studio’s president since 2007.
Under Feige’s leadership, Marvel Studios has overcome a great number of challenges. They’ve turned barely known characters into household names all over the world. They launched and maintained a shared universe that is the envy of every other studio Hollywood. The greatest challenge Marvel Studios will ever face, however, is the day Kevin Feige hangs up his crew hat.
That is how most fans and industry members feel, at least. Feige has been so instrumental in Marvel’s success that fans and filmmakers alike have summed up one the major reasons behind other studios’ struggles to launch their own cinematic universe as, “They don’t have a Kevin Feige.” That’s because there is only one and Marvel Studios has got him, for now.
But what will Marvel Studios do when the day finally comes for Feige to move on? According to Feige, there’s nothing to worry about, as he tells The Costco Connection.
“Marvel did just fine for 56 years before me; they’ll be just fine 56 years after me. The team is so strong here. We all know, particularly myself, that we are just the current stewards of these characters. As has happened in many years of the comics–different writers, different artists, different editors, and different publishers–I think it’ll be the same thing in the movies. I’m just enthusiastic and excited to be here today.”
His modesty is genuine and his point is valid, but there’s no doubt Marvel fans will at least be mildly concerned when Feige is no longer in charge. Hopefully, that day does not come in the near future and Feige signs (or already has signed) a contract extension that will carry him well into the next era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The good news is that Feige has been working very closely with a relatively small group of people who are capable of carrying on his legacy after he’s produced his last Marvel film. There’s Co-President Louis D’Esposito and Executive Vice President, Physical Production Victoria Alonso. There’s also Marvel Studios Parliament, which includes executive producers Stephen Broussard, Eric Carroll, Nate Moore, Jonathan Schwartz, Trinh Tran, and Brad Winderbaum.
Collectively or individually, they could step in and fill Feige’s hat.
SOURCE: The Costco Connection