Marvel Producer Kevin Feige Wants To Use Every Marvel Character

Kevin Feige
Kevin Feige has made a career out of making Marvel movies and subsequently creating the most successful shared movie universe in history. But even with most of Marvel’s characters at his disposal, there’s one thing that Feige wants more than anything – a fully unified MCU, with the X-Men and Fantastic Four in tow.

In an interview with Perception (hat tip Screen Rant), Feige noted that he thought that Hugh Jackman’s final performance as Wolverine in Logan was brilliant. When asked if he would still want to use the X-Men characters in future films, Feige said the following:

“Yes, of course! My goal is to replicate the experience that comic book fans have reading the books up on the screen and we’ve been able to accomplish that beyond my wildest dreams over the last ten years. And certainly, including Spidey in Civil War, in the upcoming Infinity War, is yet another dream that I didn’t even dare to talk about publicly because I thought the odds of it were very slim. So, no plans beyond that for the few remaining characters that aren’t already in the MCU but never say never. Who knows what can happen in the future?”

The full interview can be seen below:

In general, the possibility that Marvel could use a franchise they don’t own (Spider-Man) was previously seen as unthinkable until Feige brokered a deal with Sony Pictures to share the character – in exchange for getting to keep the profits on the ensemble films that the webslinger appears in, Marvel gave Sony the ability to use MCU characters in their standalone Spider-Man films. The gamble is so far paying off, as Captain America: Civil War made $400M more than its predecessor Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently tracking at an opening of $135M higher, which is approximately $43M more than what the previous film (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) opened to.

Twentieth Century Fox are the last studio that have the license to use Marvel characters that Marvel Studios does not own, with the company owning both X-Men and Fantastic Four. So provided that Homecoming does incredibly well, that would give Feige more of a bargaining chip to try to convince Twentieth Century Fox that it would be in there best interests to work together on future Marvel movies. (And after Fant4stic turned out to be a massive flop for Fox, it’s incredibly unlikely that they’ll pursue yet another reboot of the franchise on their own.) In any case, it seems as though Feige is one who is good at playing the long game, so there’s a good chance that he could work something out years from now to fully expand the MCU into the setting that it was meant to become.

Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 is in theaters right now. Future MCU releases include Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017), Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017), Black Panther (February 16, 2018), Avengers: Infinity War (May 4, 2018), Ant-Man & The Wasp (July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019), an untitled Avengers sequel (May 3, 2019), an untitled Spider-Man sequel (July 5, 2019), Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (TBD), Doctor Strange 2 (TBD), and 3 unrevealed movies scheduled for May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.

Source: Perception

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Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios has been building towards a massive confrontation with Thanos since 2012 in The Avengers.  Now that Earth’s Mightest Heroes, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, are finally gearing up to take him down, it seems Marvel is in a bit of a quandary. Obviously they’re not going to just give up on the most successful film franchise of all time, so where do they go from there?

Well, comic fans, you’ve come to the right place for answers. Marvel has a lot of stories to choose from over their 75 year history, but not all of them are right for the big screen. Also, some of our favorite Marvel characters, like Wolverine or the Fantastic Four, have their film rights owned by rival studios, meaning we shouldn’t expect to see them team up with Iron Man or Captain America any time soon.

So, hit the Next button to find out what Marvel Studios should do after Avengers: Infinity War!

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Grant Davis

Grant Davis

A Texan freelance writer with interests in Star Wars, superhero movies, and entertainment in general.

  • Scott Whalen

    The contract Marvel has with Fox has a 7-year window between releases, meaning that Fox has until 2022 to release a new FF movie. That’s just over 5 years. So, I’m sure Fox is in no hurry to make a decision. The project budget for the last FF movie was 120 million. Add in another 100 million in marketing, and that’s 220 million committed for a movie that made almost 168 million. That’s a considerable loss. Though the first two FF did make a small amount of money, the movies could be hardly viewed as a success. That being said, Simon Kinberg has consistently said in public that he wants to continue with a sequel with the same cast at some point in the future. Still, I find it hard to believe that Fox would bankroll a movie when the previous one lost over 50 million dollars. If anyone can pull off bring FF home, it’s Feige.
    As for X-Men, Fox still makes good money from the X-Men franchise, so I doubt Fox would allow that property to go.

    • KungFuCthulhu

      Kinberg saying that they want to do an FF sequel with the same cast is pure spin, just like how his claim that Gambit is going anywhere. It’s what a good producer does in the face of bad news.

      The thing is that the money that they could waste on making another FF reboot is money that could have gone toward an X-Men or Deadpool sequel, which actually will net them good financial returns. Getting a good ROI is what’s important for for any business.

      – Grant

    • Axxell

      Well technically, Sony didn’t really let Spiderman “go”…All Fox would need to do is allow Marvel to use the characters in the MCU, and they could even use some of the Avengers in their own X-Men films if necessary.

  • Verbal Kint

    Good luck with that.

    • Axxell

      I have a feeling Fox will come around, once they see the MCU effect on the Spiderman franchise…Who doesn’t love MORE money?

      • KungFuCthulhu

        I think that they’ll come around much more quickly with Fantastic Four than with X-Men. Rumor has it that Simon Kinberg (a producer who is on good terms with Disney) and company are asking Marvel Studios for advice on how to make their own shared universe more coherent and consistently good.

        – Grant

      • Brodie Marschall

        Yeah, Feige said that they’re gonna reacquire All Marvel characters back under one Roof completely. That day is getting closer to becoming a reality with Dave Bautista speculating about Spidey Returning fully to Marvel, considering Sony’s growing state and his ever growing presence in the MCU and Constantin, The real owner of the FF rights closing down their movie division, Leaving Marvel to buy the first Family. I bet this relationship with Fox is so great that They use up what they’ve got left so they can either make A deal with Marvel to share the X-Men just like Sony Did with Spider-Man or sell the team (And Deadpool and New Mutants) For that matter completely back under Disney so they can be introduced into the MCU. And Marvel can be Marvel as a whole again and in the movies for the first time just like DC is DC in the movies. Besides, Marvel is gonna be at both D23 And SDCC this year. They gotta have A load full of news to unleash at both events like The FF and X-Men rejoining the MCU and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 being announced.