When we think about what encapsulates popular culture today, our mind immediately veers towards comic book movies (and TV). And at the centre of that is none other than the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the most successful film franchise in the history of cinema. The brains behind that universe is, of course, one Kevin Feige, a creative genius that has spent the better part of the last decade building the MCU brick by brick by brick. It’s widely documented that the man is a huge geek (I mean that as a sincere compliment) who loves comic books, Star Wars and everything in between.
However, this news still comes as a major, major shocker. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the Marvel Studios chief, Kevin Feige is going to be developing a Star Wars movie. This is all part of Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy’s plans of ushering in a new wave of Star Wars movies after the Skywalker saga comes to a close this December.
Sources tell THR that talks of Kevin Feige venturing into the galaxy far far away has been going on for a while now, since the late summer in fact, where Feige had a meeting with Kathleen Kennedy and Walt Disney co-chairmen Alan Horn & Alan Bergman. When asked by THR, Horn had this to say:
“We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox. With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
This has, of course, led to industry-wide speculations and discussions on whether or not Feige will have a bigger role to play at Lucasfilm in the coming years. Some believe that Feige could even be stepping in to take over the reins of the entire ship from Kathleen Kennedy. Others have wondered if this would mean Feige stepping away from the MCU — a mind-boggling notion if you ask me.
However, a top Disney source has made it clear that Kennedy will, in fact, remain in charge with no plans for any changes whatsoever. This would mean that Feige would still remain captain of Marvel Studios, while just dipping his toes in the Star Wars universe. It’s still unclear as of now as to what ideas Feige has brewing in his mind nor which director and writer he intends to pull in to bring his idea to life.