$10b at the box office buys you a lot of time, trust and power in the corridors of Hollywood. As Marvel president Kevin Feige has discovered. The producer talked about the superhero universe he has helped establish into an industry in and of itself, the former producer argues that the casting of Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson is bang on the money ahead of a 2019 release.
Sitting down to look at the 14 number one films that have come out under his guidance as well as gazing into his crystal ball, Feige has a lot on his plate with the franchise. From discussing the contract situation of stars to crossovers and playing a leading role in a diverse America, fans are always eager to hear what the president has to say on these matters.
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With the topic of inclusion being raised, Feige was quick to point to the narratives being represented on the big screen, arguing that change has come with his work.
"The comics have always been progressive," argued the president. "They’ve showcased all sorts of different cultures and ethnicities. And we want to stay true to that. When you look at Black Panther — when you look at Captain Marvel, which will be Brie Larson in the title role — it is a very important thing for us to have diversity both in front of the camera and behind the camera."
And when asked whether the 27-year old star of Kong: Skull Island will be the right fit, Feige was unequivocal.
"With Captain Marvel, who has powers that approach a level that we haven’t seen before in our films, you need to counter- balance that by finding somebody who is also very human and very relatable and can get into a groove with the audience, where they’re willing to see her fly through the sun and punch a moon away from a spacecraft," said Feige. "At the same time, we need her to land and have relatable flaws. Brie is a person you’re going to want to go on this journey with, just like Benedict or Robert or Chris Pratt."
No Immediate Pressure On Securing Stars For Kevin
With speculation surrounding two key components on the Avengers via Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans in particular, is there any concern that they could walk away before their characters have completed their part of the journey?
"Luckily we don’t have to make that decision anytime soon," assured Feige. "There are a lot of movies that everyone is signed on for, and we get to enjoy them for a long time. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, and right now I can’t envision anyone else. Chris Evans has embodied Captain America as well as any actor has ever embodied an iconic pop-culture figure like that. I go back to Chris Reeve as Superman as the gold standard, and I think Evans is right there. I couldn’t imagine anybody else."
But his optimism stopped dead when the topic of an X-Men or Fantastic Four crossover was brought up.
"It’s an impossibility at this juncture," said a blunt president. "We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes."