There have been relatively persistent rumors in recent years that Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has taken an active role in the Star Wars franchise. There is a strong belief that the man behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe has quietly led a galaxy far, far away. Now Feige has finally been asked outright about those rumors and has given a no-nonsense answer.
Kevin Feige has made press rounds to promote WandaVision, the first scripted live-action MCU series produced for Disney +, debuting this Friday. During a recent interview, the beloved Disney director was asked about these rumors related to the Star Wars franchise and whether or not he is involved outside of the mysterious film he is producing. Feige did not mince words.
“Not at all.”
Let’s look at the bigger picture. Kathleen Kennedy has been running the show since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012. As the president of the company, she has the Star Wars sequel trilogy, as well as spin-offs such as Rogue One and the live-action series The Mandalorian, which has become a huge hit. It’s been a hit and miss for a handful of years, with The Force Awakens become one of the highest-grossing films in history. Yet, The last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker turned out to be intensely divided. Plus, Solo is the only outright flop the franchise has ever suffered. And while The Mandalorian has become the most loved thing in the franchise for a long time, its success has been largely attributed to executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni.
It’s no secret that there is a significant contingent of fans blaming Kathleen Kennedy for all the perceived shortcomings Star Wars suffered under the Disney regime. But Kennedy still has her job, and she doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. In the meantime, Favreau and Filoni will take a more active role, working on the huge array of shows being developed for Disney +. This includes Ahsoka, Rangers of the New Republic, The Acolyte, The Book of Boba Fett, Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi.
If someone were to take over the creative head at Lucasfilm, Kevin Feige is an obvious choice. What he’s done with the MCU isn’t impressive. In just over a decade, he turned Marvel’s superheroes into the world’s largest entertainment brand, generating more than $ 20 billion at the global box office. It doesn’t hurt that he is an outspoken person Star Wars fan.
But his role in the franchise is limited to the mysterious film he produces and develops. Virtually nothing is known about Kevin Feige’s Star Wars film, only that Michael Waldron (Loki, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) was recently tapped to write the screenplay. That might be for the best, as Feige has his hands full with the MCU for at least the next five years or so. This news comes to us via Collider.
Subjects: Star Wars