With the MCU now sporting the number one spot at the box-office as well as having the highest-grossing franchise of all-time, it’s easy to forget that there were groundbreaking strides from Marvel in the comic-book film genre prior to 2008’s Iron Man.
Fortunately enough, the MCU’s helmsman Kevin Feige remembers. He recently talked about his career with Marvel before becoming the man responsible for the record-breaking box office franchise, namely as an associate producer on the first X-Men movie back in 2000.
Feige has stated that this particular movie, which started one of Marvel’s first major film franchises which just ended this year with Dark Phoenix, paved the way for the modern-day Marvel hit.
[Producer] Avi [Arad] very much believed in all of these characters, and very much believed in the potential that these characters had to be movies.Kevin Feige
Feige’s praise of the Marvel Fox Movies could also be taken in a different light given Disney’s recent acquisition of the former rival studio. They now own a lot of previously released properties including the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.
The producer also gave word on the X-Men’s pending debut into the MCU following the tease that he dropped at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con when he said that “mutants are coming.”
He said, “It’ll be a while. It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set” before emphasizing that currently he’s just relishing in having them back in his collection rather than worrying about them being on the board just yet.
In the meantime, Feige has more than enough to keep him occupied over the next couple of years including movies such as Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Spider-Man 3 and Thor: Love and Thunder as well as the officially linked-in Disney+ shows.
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