‘Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Star Sebastian Stan Shares Reason Why Marvel Boss Kevin Feige Refuses To Direct Any Movies

Sebastian Stan has been a part of the Marvel cinematic universe for a decade. He first joined the entertainment behemoth in 2011 after starring in Captain America: The First Avenger, and starred in several sequels afterward, with the last being Avengers: Endgame

Today, Stan stars in Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the latest creation of Marvel president Kevin Feige. Feige has been integral to Marvel’s success over the last decade, developing many of the ideas that have led to the wildly popular spin-offs fans are currently watching.

Many people wonder why Feige hasn’t ventured into directing yet, seeing as how he has such a strong creative vision for Marvel. Stan is one of those people, although he knows exactly why Feige won’t direct any Marvel films. 

Sebastian Stan knows why Kevin Feige won’t direct any Marvel films

(L-R) President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, and Wyatt Russell of 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' at the Disney+ Showcase
(L-R) President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, and Wyatt Russell of ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ at the Disney+ Showcase | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

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Stan spoke about Feige during a recent interview with Collider. In the interview, he recalled a conversation he had with Feige about his lack of desire to direct films. 

“I asked him, I was like, ‘Hey, how do you feel … Wouldn’t you want to direct something one day or something?’” Stan recalled. “He was like, ‘Oh, it’s for better people to handle that.’”

According to Stan, Feige’s humble personality has always kept him from stepping more into the spotlight and taking creative control over Marvel films.

“I think one of the things about him that I feel like I’ve loved always, is how modest he is, and how unbelievably grateful,” Stan said. “Like, he really is grateful when something works.  … 10 years in, 11 years, how many years now? I feel that child-like exuberance is always there. You see the flicker in his eyeballs as he lights up and when you’re talking about a character he loves. Or, ‘Hey, by the way, they really love this.’”

Kevin Feige loves his job

Stan also noted how Feige’s love for the creative process is what truly makes him great. However, he doesn’t think Feige gets credit for what he’s been able to do with the Marvel universe. 

“I think he’s in love with what he does, and I think that’s a big part of why there’s consistent passion there from him to always find interesting ways to tell the story,” Stan said. “But that kind of makes sense, and I don’t know, he doesn’t get a lot of credit for that, actually, I feel like.”

Sebastian Stan admires Kevin Feige’s creative vision 

Later in the interview, Stan shared his thoughts on some of the other TV shows that Feige has brought to the small screen. 

“I thought Wandavision was a really big f*cking creative take,” Stan said. “And you know Loki’s gonna be its own thing, right? And again, we existed—our tone is very different because we were in the tone of the movies and it’s a much more grounded weight. But again, now we’re developing this sort of buddy comedy aspect to these guys. There’s comedy to this Winter Soldier character that never was there before.”

Stan closed out the interview by acknowledging that Feige’s selflessness and willingness to share the glory make him truly special. 

“He’s a people’s person … he’s surrounded himself with the best, and his thing is always ‘the best idea wins.’ There’s no ego there man, and you know that’s a huge, huge, huge, thing.”