Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige wants to change his approach to MCU films and TV and hire well-known directors.
After the highly successful Avengers: Endgame, MCU has struggled to get the same level of popularity during Phase 4. While we did see a few hits like Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever it felt obvious that there were more than a bit of misses like Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder and fans were getting a bit tired.
There were high expectations with Phase 5, but Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania started with a whimper. Marvel has even received its second Rotten rating with its latest film. With that, many are losing some hope that Marvel can make better films.
Add the fact that Disney and Marvel recently fired one of their most influential executive producers, Victoria Alonso, who heads the visual effects for many, if not all, Marvel films. It’s not looking good for Disney’s most successful franchise.
It seems that Marvel has listened and plans on stirring up the Studio.
Kevin Feige Wants Established Directors For The MCU
Jeff Sneider of The Hot Mic reports that Kevin Feige is interested in hiring big-time directors for their movies and TV projects. He said:
Feige does want to hire more established talent behind the camera.
Marvel has been known to hire young and new directors. And in the past, this has been quite successful in most cases. Even the directors of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the Russo Brothers, were still in the early stages of their film careers when they were chosen to make Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The news of Feige being interested in more experienced filmmakers is not new. One thing, he did start with known established directors. Phase 1 really had this vision of each director having a specific style and vision. Joe Johnston was known for The Rocketeer (1991), which was perfect for Captain America: The First Avenger. Kenneth Branagh is known for being a Shakespearean, which is why he was chosen for Thor.
Something did change, especially during Marvel’s Phase 3. It showcased more younger directors like Ryan Coogler, Peyton Reed and Jon Watts. And it was great. Many of them succeeded and gave us a fresh new look at the MCU.
But MCU’s Phase 4 has been divisive. There were way too many movies in such a short period of time. And Marvel even added TV to the mix. It was obvious to many that the studio was pushing itself, and fans have felt it.
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It was reported that Feige’s experience in making Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness with Sam Raimi at the helm gave the producer some confidence. Justin Kroll, who is a reporter for Deadline, said:
Kevin doesn’t want [to] oversee [the] entire shoot and after not having to worry about that with [Sam] Raimi, he is very game [for the] same outcome with this shoot.
Because of this, there were even rumours that Feige was interested in getting Steven Spielberg to work on Fantastic Four which was quickly shot down. But still, that is the point that is being said. He wants the process to get a bit easier, especially since Marvel projects have been multiplying. Staying on top of all of them could get overwhelming.
I understand Feige’s rationale for seeking out more seasoned directors. However, I believe it’s crucial for them to slow down and reassess. I actually felt a bit of relief to hear Disney CEO Bob Iger issuing directives for Marvel Studios to delay their projects. I am hoping that this will improve their movies and television programs.
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