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storylines was a bold experiment, and an
amazing achievement not rivalled in the
history of cinema. Marvel shows no signs
of slowing down, with three more films
due to be released in the coming year, and
many more down the line.
The Connection spoke with Feige in his
office at Marvel Studios in Burbank,
California, on May ;, the official ;;th
anniversary of the MCU.
CC: If someone had told you ;; years ago
that you would be here now, in this
place, in this position, what would you
KF: Ten years ago, when we released the
first Iron Man film, I was just excited that
we had finished a movie. It was the first
movie that Marvel Studios had produced
Avengers: In;nity War (Item #6580444;
8/14), other Marvel titles such as Ant Man,
Black Panther and more, and numerous
Marvel-themed products are available in
The ;;th, Avengers: Infinity War,
which opened earlier this year, smashed
box-office records when it became the first
film to take in US;;;; million its opening
weekend and the first to hit the billion-dol-lar mark worldwide in ;; days.
Much of the success of the collective
franchise can be attributed to Kevin Feige,
the ;;-year-old president and producer of
Marvel Studios, who was named studio
head in ;;;; at the age of ;;. As Brandon
Katz says in the article “Is Marvel the Star
Wars of Our Generation?,” which ran on
observer.com, “Kevin Feige brought the
most popular aspect of comic books—the
ability to interweave other characters and
stories into main event crossovers—to the
big screen and officially birthed the shared
cinematic universe, a concept every other
major movie studio has been chasing ever
since.” Producing ;; films with connecting
ourselves without another studio paying
for it, taking the creative control of it. It
was all Marvel. And I was just happy we
completed it. We, of course, had dreams of
bringing the kind of shared universe that is
in our comics to the big screen. But ;; years
ago, it was just about “Is this movie gonna
work?” ’Cause if that movie didn’t work,
Marvel would not be making movies today.
CC: The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment in ;;;;.
How have things changed since then?
KF: The first film that Disney distributed
and released for us was The Avengers. And
that alone tells you how it all shifted and
how it all changed. That, at the time, was
the biggest [opening] weekend of all time.
It was the biggest film in the history of the
Walt Disney Company at the time. It took
us to a whole other level, not to mention
the support of [chairman and CEO] Bob
Iger, [chairman] Alan Horn and [presi-dent of Walt Disney Studios] Alan
Bergman, who are incredible believers in
what we do, and have a great sense of storytelling themselves that we rely on in the
early script stages and in the early cuts of
It’s really having a family that supports
Far left: Kevin Feige in his Marvel Studios
of;ce. Above: Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man.
Left: Poster for Avengers: In;nity War.