The executive producer of the MCU, Kevin Feige, is now handling a much larger role, taking over Marvel Television and their animated content. All of these products will now be under the Marvel Studios umbrella.
This means that he is now in-charge of shows such as Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Runaways. Previously, there has been a feud between Kevin Feige and the head of Marvel Television which is what some fans claimed was responsible for the lack of crossovers between the TV sect of Marvel and the films.
However, with Feige now in charge of both sides, it is entirely possible that he will finally unite Marvel Television characters, who were labeled as the ‘Marvel Knights’, with the Marvel Cinematic Universe heroes. Will we at long last be able to witness a live-action Spider-Man and Daredevil crossover featuring the Kingpin? Only time will tell.
According to Deadline, Dan Buckley will continue as President of Marvel Entertainment whilst Ike Perlmutter remains Chairman. However, Buckley will now report to Kevin Feige as he takes his new role as the Chief Creative Officer. Disney clearly have a lot of faith in the man that runs the most lucrative and successful franchise of all-time. Is it really a surprise?
With a heightened role and more responsibility on his shoulders, hopefully Kevin Feige is given more of a presence when it comes to business decisions. It seems as though he was sidelined when James Gunn was fired and when the struggle between Sony and Disney over the Spider-Man negotiations took social media by storm.
It also alleviates the rumors that he will be leaving Marvel for Star Wars. Whilst he is set to produce and develop a Star Wars film under Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy, he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
What this does bring into question is just what he will do with the current television line-up. We have Runaways and Cloak and Dagger ongoing but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is coming to a close. The Netflix shows will soon be available for use after their unfortunate cancellation and so he may very well save Daredevil, albeit on Hulu and not Disney+.
I’m sure that many fans are hoping that, if he does bring the Netflix heroes back, they keep their grittier tone. At the very least, Punisher and Daredevil should. He could easily use them alongside Blade and Deadpool to push for the r-rated corner of the MCU, maybe even having a character such as Misty Knight making an appearance in Blade.
Perhaps he will put some new shows into production but how closely will they tie to the MCU? It is clear that the Disney+ shows are an integral part of the next couple of phases going forward whilst Marvel Television remains, as per usual, at a distance. Will that change?
It’s uncertain as of right now, but hopefully Kevin Feige will prove his worth once more with even more responsibility under his belt. There’s a certain Spider-Man motto that seems fitting here.
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