News broke yesterday that Marvel’s president Kevin Feige will now produce a Star Wars film as well. A quick perusal of the Internet seems to indicate a highly positive reaction from fans. Between the success he’s had with Marvel and fans’ ire with the manner in which Lucasfilm has handled Star Wars since The Last Jedi, it’s no wonder why. Now that the initial shock and awe of the announcement is starting to wane, let’s take a look at the decision more objectively.
Avengers: Endgame surpassed Avatar to become the top-grossing film of all time. Likewise, the Marvel Cinematic Universe Kevin Feige oversees is a multi-billion dollar industry in and of itself. Here’s where I start to get concerned. The MCU isn’t slowing down. Marvel announced at D23 Expo this year a slew up upcoming Marvel films. Those include next year’s Black Widow and Eternals. The MCU slate doesn’t stop there, however. Films are scheduled through 2022, including films such as Black Panther II and Blade. That doesn’t even account for the host of MCU series (She-Hulk, Moon Knight among them) coming to the Disney+ streaming service. Thus begs my question:
Will Star Wars be too much for Kevin Feige to handle?
The next three years for Marvel are nothing if not ambitious. Between the shows and films there are well over a dozen projects for the Marvel president to oversee. Will adding Star Wars to an already full plate be too much for Kevin Feige to digest? And at what stage, and with what project, will he engage in his new Star Wars Role?
Keep in mind the next Star Wars film won’t arrive until December of 2022. Perhaps the time lag will give Feige time to focus on the Marvel projects at hand in the immediate future. Then, once those projects are under way, logic dictates that he’ll be able to turn his attention to the galaxy far, far away. Provided Kevin Feige is able to devote enough time to Star Wars, I’m all for him joining the Lucasfilm team. The man has proven, generally without controversy, that he has the Midas Touch with whatever he produces. Perhaps he’s exactly what Star Wars needs right now.
Time will tell.
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