How does the Disney-owned Marvel Studios keep making billion dollar hits? How do they keep luring us in to happily spend 20 bucks on IMAX tickets? There’s one mastermind behind it all who is due much of the credit: Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
Kevin Feige has been working with Marvel for over a decade, starting out as a producer in 2000. From there, it was a steady climb to the top, even though he had to face off against other power-hungry individuals to get there.
Here’s a rundown of his responsibilities: He planned the entire outline for all the Marvel movies through at least 2020. He’s responsible for picking the directors. He helps pick the actors. He gets the scripts into production, and he gives the boot to people who won’t stick to the plan.
Needless to say, this is no easy job, and it would only take one screw-up to make a lot of people very angry. At this point, though, we’re going to trust Kevin Feige to stick to his guns because he clearly knows best.
It sounds like Disney agrees–just last year, they allowed Feige to escape from having to report to Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter, who is notorious for micromanaging. A huge reorganization now allows Feige to report instead to Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn, who is in favor of giving Feige more freedom.
Here are what movies gross under Kevin Feige’s reign:
- Doctor Strange: $676 million
- Captain America: Civil War: $1.15 billion
- Ant-Man: $519 million
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: $1.4 billion
- Guardians of the Galaxy: $773 million
- The Avengers: $1.5 billion
It’s no wonder Marvel wants Kevin Feige at the helm. The box office numbers alone clearly show he’s doing something right.
Marvel has several big years ahead, too. In the next couple years, we’ll get Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.