Kevin Feige Talks About The Impact Of Disney+ On Marvel Studios’ Path
Posted:Sept. 20, 2021, 9:44 a.m.
Marvel Studios has been on a roll with its Disney+ original series’. Its first small screen production, Wanda Vision is a critical and a much-needed commercial success for the relatively newer OTT platform Disney+. It has also managed to bag 23 Emmy nominations, including Best Limited series, Best Lead Actress – Elizabeth Olsen, Best Lead Actor – Paul Bettany, Best Supporting Actress – Kathryn Hahn and Best Director – Matt Shakman. Its second offering, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier has managed to dwell deep into the fan favorite title characters and bagged 5 Emmy nominations. Its latest offering, Loki, which is being dubbed as the best Marvel Studios’ tv series by critics has managed to introduce a new villain and the concept of Multiverse into the MCU.
During his interaction with Rotten Tomatoes, Kevin Feige - President of Marvel Studios talked about the impact of Disney+ on Marvel Studios. When asked about bringing MCU to Disney+ he said that Disney+ gave a new avenue to Marvel Studios:
“When Bob Iger told us about Disney+ and his desire for us to produce shows for Disney+, it gave us a new avenue to do something we haven’t been considering before which is really doing a deep dive on characters who deserve a deep dive but hadn’t had the chance yet.”
He also talked about the amazing actors and characters and how Disney+ gave them a chance to showcase it to the audience:
“It took us 4-5 films to tell even a tiny story of Wanda Maximoff and Vision, same thing with Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes, it’s a testament to those characters and particularly to those actors that the audience fell in love with them in what really amounted to a relatively short amount of screen time in a handful of films. But we knew they were being under-utilized both the characters and the actors and we really wanted to showcase how amazing those characters and actors are and also do it in a new way which couldn’t be done in a feature film.”
When asked how they decide which character deserves a movie and the debate surrounding the segregation he said that the debate and discussion will happen in every step in the future and that the movies which are getting released in phase 4 have been in development for many years:
“A lot of choosing [goes into] what characters, what stories become a feature film, what become a Disney+ series. Its still frankly early days for that so we are still having those discussions. What you see now in phase four is still the culmination of work of 5 or 6 years. In the case of Shang Chi, 10 or 15 years in the past. We have been working towards the Shang Chi movie for many, many years, towards a Black Widow movie, as everybody knows for many, many years. So those were always said as films, what we wanted them to be.”
Marvel has been highly successful when it comes to developing fan favorite characters and casting has been perfect. It certainly looks like Kevin Feige and his team will have to make some tough decisions when it comes to deciding which character / actor is going to get movie[s] or a series in the subsequent phases of the Marvel Universe.
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