Is Marvel Boss Kevin Feige Leaving to Head Up ‘Star Wars’ Lucasfilm?
Fans might not like everything Kevin Feige has done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but there is no denying that he has turned the studio into a box office juggernaut. Following the success of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel has released 23 movies since then, becoming the highest-grossing franchise in the history of cinema. While Feige would be crazy to walk away now, there are reports that he is thinking about leaving Marvel to head up Star Wars with Lucasfilm.
Is Feige leaving Marvel for ‘Star Wars’?
Marvel hired Feige as president of Marvel Studios in 2007. Although Feige has embraced every challenge thrown his way, there are some sources who believe he is seriously thinking about taking over the Star Wars franchise in the near future.
According to We Got This Covered, a source claims that Feige is going to sign with Lucasfilm once his contract with Marvel has expired. The studio has not commented on the rumors and it is unclear when Feige’s contract is up.
While nothing official has been announced, there is no denying that Feige is a huge Star Wars fan. Feige has mentioned his love for the galaxy far, far away on more than one occasion, and he might even like it more than Marvel’s comics.
There is also the fact that Marvel and Star Wars are owned by Disney, so it would not be that much of a leap if Feige changed franchises. That said, Marvel will likely do everything in its power to keep Feige on board.
‘Star Wars’ is divided
We do not know if Feige would ever leave Marvel, but there is no doubt that Star Wars could use his help. Kathleen Kennedy is currently leading the Star Wars franchise, which has divided fans in recent years.
In fact, there has been a lot of talk about Kennedy resigning following the disappointing run of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Kennedy has not commented on the rumors, but there are plenty of fans who think she should step down.
Star Wars seemed to be on a good path following the success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Rogue One. But everything fell apart with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson took the franchise in a completely new direction, which divided the fandom right down the middle.
The Rise of Skywalker did little to correct what most fans saw as problems in the Star Wars universe. While the franchise has seen better days, there is hope on the horizon.
Lucasfilm hires Marvel leaders
In a desperate bid to save Star Wars, has been hiring a slew of talent from Marvel. This includes hiring Feige to lead an upcoming Star Wars film.
What is interesting about the Feige hire is that he previously stated that he did not have time for any more projects. This is one reason why Feige couldn’t work on another Spider-Man film. But he apparently has enough time to turn Star Wars around.
Feige isn’t the only person at Marvel who has been tapped for Star Wars. Taika Waititi has also been hired to helm a Star Wars project in the new future. As fans will recall, Waititi was the brains behind Thor: Ragnarok and is preparing for the next chapter in the character’s journey, Thor: Love & Thunder.
If all goes well, Feige and Waititi will be able to right the ship for Star Wars and usher in a whole new generation of fans.
Kevin Feige talks next Avengers
While we wait to see what Feige can do with Star Wars, he is currently gearing up for Phase 4 of the MCU. The first film in the pipeline is Black Widow, which is due out in theaters on May 1.
Marvel has already announced its full slate of movies for Phase 4, but one project noticeably missing from the list is the next Avengers.
Feige has been very quiet about Marvel’s next big ensemble, but he did assure fans that it will look completely different than anything they have seen.
“It will be a very different team than we’ve seen before […] with some people you’ve already met and some people you haven’t met yet,” Feige shared.