Marvel Studios is arguably the most consistently successful studio in Hollywood right now. Although they have their detractors (who doesn’t?) on the whole they can seemingly not do any wrong, and over the course of their ten year domination of the box office and pop culture, the completely redefined studio franchise filmmaking. And the man who made all of this possible is boss Kevin Feige. With all of that prestige and achievements, you would think they would keep in the loop on possibly the biggest thing to happen to Marvel since Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury showed up at the end of Iron Man.
While doing press rounds at the premiere for the utterly awesome sounding Black Panther, Vulture spoke to Feige about Marvel’s parent company Disney’s recent decision to acquire Fox and a large percentage of their properties – a deal with potentially massive ramifications for the comic book film studio. And as Feige revealed, not only was he not involved in the negotiations, but he found about it the same way we did.
I read about it in the press like most people did. These are big deals and certainly above my pay grade.
This revelation is probably rather surprising to most of you. While buying over Fox gives Disney several film and television properties, undoubtedly the biggest and possibly most lucrative perk would be Marvel finally having access to several of their comic book properties like X-Men and Fantastic Four which Fox owned the cinematic rights for. As soon as the news of the historic deal hit the web, fans were already brainstorming all kinds of possible ways for the X-Men’s mutants to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It appears though, that Feige is not like those fans as it’s apparently just business as usual for him and his team while the specifics of the Disney/Fox deal – which is estimated will take a couple years – gets worked out.
The truth of the matter as I understand it is the deal has to be figured out. There’s been no communication. We’re not thinking about it. We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced. If and when the deal actually happens, we’ll start to think more about it. Until then, we have a lot to do.
When pressed further, Feige still wouldn’t budge on divulging any possible thoughts or ideas he has, if any, about integrating these other properties, just saying that they were sticking to the gameplan.
It would be years away. We’ve announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted. I think about it through 2019, through the movies we’ve already shot or are about to start filming. I’m hoping to deliver on everything we’ve promised thus far.
I have a huge amount of respect for Feige, but my high opinion of the man aside, I’m calling bovine feces! When there was just the glimmer of hope that Marvel and Sony would be able to sit down and reach an agreement to have Spider-Man introduced into the MCU, Feige and his brain trust actually mapped out two different futures for the MCU – one with Spider-Man and one without. And while a similar agreement with Fox was always far less likely due to the open enmity the two studios had for each other, I simply refuse to believe that Feige and co hadn’t brainstormed something!
Also, you may have noted that Feige specifically mentioned their plans up until 2019, which is when the still untitled Avengers 4, the reported culmination off all the previous films finally hits cinemas. As has been widely reported, it’s been said that the MCU will look very different in its wake as it heads into Phase 4 – maybe even more different than we initially guess thanks to some mutants and a super-scientist family?
If the X-Men and Fantastic Four are introduced (the latter being way easier to do), that of course means Marvel’s already packed slate of films gets even more populated. With the studio already doing about three films annually for most years, sticking any more in there may be a bit much for some. Not for Feige though, who thinks there’s always more stories to tell as long as you tell them well.
That’s the reason we make the movies we make and the way we make them. For years, predating the history of Marvel Studios itself, people asked me about superhero fatigue and if it was a fad or a phase. I say, if they’re all different, if they’re all special, nobody will get tired of these things before we at Marvel Studios will, since we live and breathe these things 24 hours a day. You make films like Thor: Ragnarok, like Homecoming, like Guardians of the Galaxy, certainly like Panther, and the upcoming Infinity War to keep it interesting and change it up. And we will continue to do that.
Now if only it could be 2019 already so that we could see exactly how all of this actually plays out!
Last Updated: February 2, 2018