Kevin Feige Describes The Marvel Studios Creative Process

Kevin Feige, the mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reveals the creative process that it takes to get a movie from a concept to completion.


Kevin Feige describes the process that it takes to create a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie after nearly a decade of experience creating movies in the setting and nearly 20 years of experience making Marvel movies in general.

Feige had humble beginnings as an associate producer on Blade in 1998, at which point he was selected by Laura Shuler Donner to work on the first X-Men movie back in 2000. Feige would continue to serve as a co-producer or executive producer for various other Marvel film adaptations until Avi Arad shifted his attention away from Marvel Studios to Marvel Entertainment. This shift in power left Feige in charge of the nascent Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, which featured the first on-screen Marvel crossovers ever. Feige got a huge boost in influence when 2012’s The Avengers became one of the biggest hits of all time, eventually allowing Marvel Studios to become an entity independent of the rest of Marvel Entertainment in 2015. In that same year, Feige helped facilitate a deal that would bring the Spider-Man property – which would still be owned by Columbia Pictures, who had the license – into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an unprecedented move. To describe his career as successful would be an understatement.

In an interview with Coming Soon, Kevin Feige took note of the incredibly busy process that he’s been involved with for the past decade and highlighted his current experience with the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2:

“It really is sort of a fun tour through all the different stages of a film. For instance, we had the premiere of this film last night and the junket today. We had a screening of Spider-Man a couple of days ago and then a scoring session with Michael Giacchino. We’re in editorial on Thor: Ragnarok right now with Taika [Waititi]. Black Panther just wrapped and they’ll be back at the end of this week to start cutting that film. We were doing our final meetings with Captain Marvel filmmakers, which we just announced, and meeting with Brie [Larson] about the Captain Marvel storyline. Peyton Reed is about to move to Atlanta next week to begin official prep on Ant-Man and the Wasp. It really is diving into all aspects of that. [Marketing] is a big part of it… We’re in various stages. We just put out the Thor: Ragnarok trailer. We’re working on the Black Panther trailer. We’re working on some new things for Spider-Man… It really is a fun-filled non-stop journey through eight films that we’re at different points in the process. Right now, there’s a night shoot in Scotland, so I’m getting texts from the producer on set there. They’re making script changes and line changes. It’s a lot to keep track of.”

Feige also noted that the studio only works on as many projects as it can handle at any given time, and that he’s so used to juggling multiple projects at once that he’d feel shocked if they suddenly went back to doing only one movie a year (as was the case in 2010 and 2012). Feige also noted that he thinks that the secret to the success of Marvel Studios is that they’re focused on getting the right teams to work on each individual project.

The eight projects in development that Feige alluded to are as follows: Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (in theaters right now), Spider-Man: Homecoming (releasing on July 7, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (releasing on November 3, 2017), Black Panther (releasing on February 16, 2018), Avengers: Infinity War (releasing on May 4, 2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (releasing on July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (releasing on March 8, 2019), and the untitled Avengers 4 (releasing on May 3, 2019). There are also plans for future movies after the fourth Avengers film, including a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (set for a July 5, 2019 release) and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (which does not have a given release date).

Source: Coming Soon