The 1 Major Way the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies Influenced the MCU, According to Kevin Feige

If there’s one person who knows everything about Marvel, it’s Kevin Feige. The president of Marvel Studios recently became the CCO of all of Marvel, including the TV, comics, and animation divisions. In other words, he’s got his hands in the entire world.

Kevin Feige
Kevin Feige | Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images for Disney)

But what he’s most known for is helping to form the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It stands to reason that the world of Marvel as we know it wouldn’t exist without Feige. Now, he’s speaking out about how he was influenced by another blockbuster movie franchise: Harry Potter.

Marvel films are known for their Easter eggs

Most consider Marvel films to be fun action films with a lot of heart. But they’re also filled with incredible details and callbacks. These winks at the audience, known as Easter eggs, can be found in abundance throughout the MCU, and refer back to previous films or the comics.

And no film was filled with more than 2019’s record-breaking entry Avengers: Endgame. There were countless references to all of the 20-some previous films, as well as moments that fans have been waiting for for nearly a decade (such as when Captain America picks up Thor’s hammer).

Some people compare the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise to the MCU

Now onto Harry Potter. The franchise, which began 20 years ago, also comes from literary source material. Like the MCU, it focuses on heroes with extraordinary abilities and takes place in a world somewhat similar, yet very different from our own.

Clearly, there are plenty of comparisons that can be made between the two. And Feige agrees, at least on one front. In fact, he drew upon one aspect of Harry Potter when creating the MCU.

Feige didn’t read the ‘Harry Potter’ books before watching the movies

Feige is a fan of the Harry Potter movie franchise. “I always default to my experience watching Harry Potter movies,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I never read the Harry Potter books. My kids aren’t old enough and aren’t into it yet, and I didn’t read them when they first came out, but I went to see every Harry Potter movie opening weekend.

He continued, “I saw it and I enjoyed it and then I forgot all about it and didn’t think about it again until the next Harry Potter movie came out. And those movies were so well made because I could follow it all. I could follow it, I could track it, occasionally I have to go ‘Who was that?’ but for the most part I could totally track it.”

How ‘Harry Potter’ influenced the MCU

Becoming a fan of the series later helped to change Feige’s experience. “Now if I had watched every movie ten times, if I had read every book, I bet there are dozens of other things in there that I would see and appreciate, but they never got in the way of me just experiencing it as a pure story.

This influenced how he sees the MCU experience. “So that’s kind of what we try to navigate is if an Easter egg or a reference or something is so prevalent that it gets in the way of the story you’re telling so that people who aren’t aware of it go ‘What is this? What’s happening?’ then we usually pull back on it,” said Feige. In other words, these are movies you can enjoy individually with or without prior knowledge of the franchise.