Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige worked to keep 2000’s X-Men faithful to the comics, even though he was just a production assistant at the time.
Current Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige worked to keep 2000’s X-Men faithful to the comics. Marvel fans nowadays know Feige as the architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Feige had a hand in numerous comic book movies well before he helped create the MCU. Feige’s first ever producing credit came with X-Men, where he was named an associate producer. At the time, he was working as a production assistant for producer Lauren Shuler Donner; X-Men marked the first Marvel film Feige had a hand in.
Fast forward twenty years later, and Feige is officially the chief creative officer over at Marvel Studios. This title change came just last year and gave Feige control over Marvel’s comics and television shows in addition to the movies. Right now, Feige is overseeing the beginning of the MCU’s Phase 4, which will begin later this year with Black Widow and the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Plus, Feige’s producing power will soon travel beyond the Marvel universe, as last year news broke that he will produce a Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm.
X-Men’s 20th anniversary arrived just yesterday, July 14, and several behind the scenes stories have emerged about Fox’s first mutant movie. This latest tidbit, from Observer, revealed Feige did his best to speak up in favor of keeping X-Men as accurate to the comics as possible. Executive producer Ralph Winter shared that Fox wanted to ensure X-Men would appeal to the broadest audience possible, which led to some hesitance in keeping things close to the source material. As Winter explained:
There was pushback to being faithful to the comic. Kevin Feige [Donner’s production assistant on the film] was right there in the midst of all of that. He didn’t have as big of a voice back then, but he was careful and faithful about the characters and reminding us, ‘Hey, you can do that, but here’s where the character came from. Here’s where their powers started. So keep that in mind as you go do that.'
Feige’s contributions are what led to him being granted the associate producer credit, and they also paved the way for him to take a bigger role in future Marvel projects. This also best exemplifies why the MCU is so successful: Feige knows the source material and its importance, and he keeps it in mind when overseeing each project. By this point, Marvel fans trust Feige’s direction and are eager to see where the MCU goes over the next however many years.
There are a lot of changes ahead for the MCU as it enters Phase 4. In addition to its usual movies, the MCU will expand to Disney+ with several television shows centered on both new and familiar characters. Feige has also committed to better representation when it comes to female characters, LGBTQ characters, and characters of color. Plus, the X-Men are expected to join the universe sometime in the near future, allowing Feige to return to his roots. It’s good to know fans can rest assured that the mutants are in good hands.
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