It all started with those magical words, “I’m here to talk to you about the Avengers Initiative,” at the end of Iron Man 1 that sent us all on a decade-long journey. Now seeing the past and looking ahead at the future, Marvel Tsar Kevin Feige feels like Nick Fury.
Kevin Feige is the head of Marvel Studios and the puppet master who worked behind the scene to connect 20+ movies into a singular story. He stood his ground and fought for what he believed in and now Kevin is one of the most successful producers working in Hollywood.
A lot of the success of Marvel Cinematic Universe can solely be rested on the doorsteps of Kevin. He was the one who fought for Civil War, little known directors and splitting the Thanos story into two movies. But for most of the early part of MCU, the production team was reactionary to the changes happening on screen.
If you had told Kevin that Thanos‘ story would be a two-parter with one Avengers movie not being about the Avengers, instead of being focused on Thanos, he probably would not have believed it. The framework was there but all the changes the Mad Titan went through in different films show people in MCU were working towards a goal while being unaware of how they were getting there.
But 10 years later, Kevin has a lot of pull within Disney. He has the confidence of directors and well-known actors who want to appear in MCU movies. At this point in the story of MCU, the star producers and his team feel like Nick Fury because they are introducing new people to a large universe.
Kevin Feige is the Real Life Nick Fury
The head of Marvel is appearing in people’s lives and he is telling them that they are part of a larger universe. The same way Nick Fury did with Iron Man when the leader of SHIELD decided to drop in unannounced at Tony‘s home and scold him for the press conference.
Tony had no idea about Norse gods and bow and arrow assassins. He was an arrogant man who thought he was a superhero but the world he stepped into was much larger. MCU right now is at the same point, from Chadwick Boseman‘s passing to Mahershala Ali signing on to play Blade, the universe is large, it is historic and Kevin Feige cannot wait to introduce it all to the world.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Kevin said, “you can certainly see that Phase 4 is introducing all sorts of new types of characters with the potential being endless. Now, all of us at Marvel Studios feel like Nick Fury at the end of Iron Man 1, as new actors and new performers come in and we tell them they’re part of a bigger universe.”
Feige stressed the importance of coming in and doing the job required to build on the legacy of those who came before. He also mentioned new characters finding an audience for themselves and he believes all the hard work has put them in the right spot with a bright future ahead.
Marvel is currently in Phase 4, Black Widow movie was supposed to be out already but COVID pushed the release to 2021. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was supposed to be the first MCU TV show on Disney+ but again pandemic meant WandaVision went first.
Still, after much wait and anticipation, the two best friends of Captain America are building on the legacy of Steve Rodgers. The first episode aired on the streaming platform and according to the reviews, the legacy of MCU is intact and in capable hands.
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