Not all was good in the House of Mouse. In a new excerpt from MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige reveals what he hated about Marvel projects outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It’s almost easy to forget that, up until a few years ago, the rights to Marvel characters were split across multiple companies. The rights to The Defenders like Daredevil and Jessica Jones were locked up at Netflix. Fox even had its own rival universe to the MCU with the X-Men films (and a sad attempt at a Fantastic Four film series). This is not to mention the dozens of smaller endeavors like Nicolas Cage’s Ghost Rider films, Ang Lee’s Hulk, or even the ill-fated Elektra film.
However, one person who clearly didn’t forget is Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who still laments that time in the MCU’s past. While speaking to the authors of MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, Feige revealed his frustrations with the arrangement, saying he “hated” the fact he didn’t hold control over every Marvel property.
“We [gave suggestions] but they didn’t listen,” Feige revealed. “We didn’t have the control. I hated that.”
It’s certainly understandable that Kevin Feige would be frustrated with Marvel projects made outside the MCU. Superhero films outside of Marvel Studios certainly don’t have the same floor of quality. However, with the Fantastic Four and X-Men back under his control, it seems as though Feige is mostly content. That is until Sony starts acting up with Spider-Man again!
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