2022 is going to be the year where Marvel Studios sets a landmark for their most important movies and series releases. Last year, nine new movies and shows were released as part of the D23 event. Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel Studios, is a n avid comic book lover. He was one of the fundamental producers on the line since Blade.
If you see the credits to Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, you can see the name ‘Kevin Feige’ as part of the credits. It clearly comes to show how much this man has been associated with making the comic book-to-screen adaptation.
It’s been almost 3 decades and he is still in charge of this massive universe project. With more than 30 projects in the works under Feige’s direction, the franchise’s future has never been better than it is now.
With each new movie, Feige’s roles in the organization have changed a lot. He has been a direct communicator to Disney during the times of Bob Iger. Now, he does the same with Disney’s newly appointed CEO, Bob Chapek. As the movies have become more popular and successful, Feige is struggling to make himself useful outside the MCU space.
During his time with Marvel movies, he worked as an assistant producer on X-Men in 2000. In 2007, he became the President of Production for the new company, Marvel Studios. Feige worked his way up the ranks at Marvel Studios, eventually becoming Chief Creative Officer. He now runs the biggest interconnected universe entertainment franchise in the business as it grows.
During the past 14 years, Feige has been deep into analyzing, constructing and regulating the way the timeline flows at the Studio. This changed over time. With bigger franchises gaining acclaim, they couldn’t stop right there. Thus, when Feige has had more to do, he no longer has the time to play a big role in the day-to-day process of making the MCU’s projects.
The MCU’s VFX Supervisor had one thing to say. Kevin Feige was the mastermind behind the fabulous VFX of the Marvel movies. He would keep an eye on their perfection before it left the editor’s suite. Now, his main struggle is overseeing this crucial field.
VFX supervisor Stephane Ceretti told Befores & Afters about how busy Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is with running the MCU.
Ceretti talked about how the movie-making process for the MCU has changed over the years. He also spoke about some of the things that Feige can no longer do with each project. Because Feige is so busy with the story and development of Marvel Studios movies, the VFX artist said that Feige doesn’t get as involved in visual effects management because he’s crunched up and yet involved in balancing his space.
“It’s a lot of people now, but how it is, it’s fun and crazy at the same time, it’s super exciting because we are really part of the process, like really, really part of the process. It’s a bit different now because the studio is bigger, and maybe we have a little bit less access to the people we used to have access to all the time. Victoria is always there, so she’s always in the meetings, all the readings we’re doing. Kevin, a little bit less so now because he’s so busy with story and everything, but he used to come to every VFX reading with us, which was great, like really great.”
Kevin would sometimes help in the VFX aspect by giving certain feedback. The scene could change even if feedback came “at the last minute.”
People really need to adapt and take in such changes. It’s not possible for anyone to figure out what’s right or wrong. To prevent such Drop and Go errors, the studios in turn accept them, and then check them out after the scene has been visualized.
“So it was a really small crazy group of people, and we were just making the movie together, which is super interesting. But it’s crazy, because anything goes. If there’s a good idea, however difficult it is and however at the last minute it is, if it’s a good idea, it’s gonna have to make it. So it’s a very fluid process. We do the movie three times. We do it in prep, we do it through the shoot, and we do it in post, and it’s fearless people, absolutely fearless people. It’s very demanding for us, obviously, but also, you can’t dismiss a good idea, it’s just impossible.”
Kevin Feige has been a man who’s been respected for his determination and attitude to work. The whole involvement in the story is mostly a result of the executive’s unmatched dedication to unique and interconnected storytelling. Feige came up with the idea to bring the Avengers to the big screen more than a decade ago. Now, he’s one of the most important people in the industry.
It was in 2010 that Disney acquired Marvel, when it was running low and selling off its iconic characters to top studios to fund Iron Man. After Iron Man became a hit, the MCU felt the adrenaline rush to explore the other characters. Kevin engaged with other studios to either purchase them back or to partner and produce a movie. The Incredible Hulk happened. The rest is history.
Feige’s main job now seems to be to make sure that the overall story works right. He is doing a lot of work to make sure continuity is intact for the coming years. Considering the criticality, it’s too much for one person to do.
Feige will have a lot of work to do over the next few years as Marvel Studios keeps building this multiverse storyline that has now popped up. He will have to bear the brunt for every new character he introduces. He is a top executive for a reason, and there should be no reason to think that things won’t go well in 2022 and beyond.
For now, the MCU will run its first show of 2022 with Moon Knight on March 30th on Disney+. Followed by, Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness on May 6th in theaters.