Marvel's Kevin Feige is set to develop a Star Wars movie for Disney, and rumors are now swirling on the web he's looking to bring in Captain Marvel star Brie Larson for a leading role. To be clear, there are no reports the actress has officially signed on for any Star Wars projects, but her fans have been pointing out what they see as hints to suggest Feige is eyeing her for a role. This includes the fact that Larson was invited to the Stars Wars Galaxy Edge Opening in Disneyland and that she has been frequently talking about the franchise over the past several months. Additionally, Feige has suggested he's looking for a "major actor" for his Star Wars movie, leading to speculation he could be pulling out a top name from one of the most successful Marvel movies... like Captain Marvel.
Clearly, nothing is concrete here about the upcoming Kevin FeigeStar Wars movie, and Larson could just be nothing more than a really big fan of Star Wars. Still, the rumor has been generating some discussion on social media. As you would expect, it's bringing about a variety of opinions. Fans of Larson's are completely on board with the idea, feeling the actress deserves the opportunity. Her critics are singing a different tune, with one Twitter user suggesting she should only play a "stormtrooper that is shown for one second." Others yet are somewhere in between, on board with seeing Larson enter the Star Wars universe but not at the expense of minimizing her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
On Wednesday, it was announced Kevin Feige would be working with Kathleen Kennedy on a new Star Wars movie. An additional report claims Feige has a specific actor already in mind to lead the project, but there were no details made available beyond that. It is also unclear if the unspecified actor will be from the MCU, hough that certainly seems possible given the success of those movies and the name value of the talent. However, it's just as possible Feige will go with another big name who has yet to appear in the MCU, such as John Wick star Keanu Reeves. At this time, all the fans can do is speculate, but the idea that this unidentified individual could be Larson seems to be picking up steam.
Larson became a household name with the release of Captain Marvel, which premiered in theaters earlier this year. It marks the 21st installment of the MCU with Larson in the lead role as Carol Danvers. Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, it also stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Dimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, and Lashana Lynch. As a prequel set in the '90s, the movie tells the story of how Carol Danvers comes to be the titular crimefighter after the planet is caught in the midst of a galactic conflict between two alien races. The movie grossed over a billion dollars at the box office and is one of the highest-earning comic book movies of all time.
Time will tell if Larson shows up in the Star Wars universe under Feige's watch. The idea may be just a rumor, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if the announcement happens for real. We'll just have to stay tuned for updates. You can check out some tweets about the rumor below, originating from BrieLarsonHQ on Twitter.
Hints that Brie is possibly being casted in Star Wars:▫ She was invited at Star Wars Galaxy Edge Opening in Disneyland ▫ Kevin Feige is pushing for a major actor from MCU to be in Star Wars▫ Brie is seen talking about Star Wars VERY OFTEN the past few months pic.twitter.com/JOaedmPZbw
Warning: Spoilers from Spider-Man: Far From Home and the MCU will be found below.
As we reported, Sony launched a new Spider-Man website, which is Daily Bugle-focused, this week. The site takes the form of a web-news-cast hosted by J.K. Simmons’ J. Jonah Jameson, who revealed Peter Parker’s identity to the world in a Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene. Jameson is still very anti-Spidey on this website, which is being used to promise the home release of the third Tom Holland-Spidey standalone movie and also points toward the future. It’s also notable that one portion of the website directly contradicts remarks from Marvel’s Kevin Feige regarding what the MCU called Thanos’ “snap,” which was refashioned in Far From Home as “the blip.”
Of course, Far From Home took an amusing spin on the reverse-snap moment with a mockumentary-style rendering of high-school marching band members getting dusted during an assembly and magically reappearing in the middle of a basketball game. This was pure chaos and darkly funny, and director Kevin Watts said that the movie purposely avoided showing scenarios that showed people in cars or airplanes during the snap because “so many people would die,” and in his mind, “[e]veryone arrived back safely somehow” because that’s what Tony Stark would have wanted. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige went further with his remarks while also attributing foresight to The Hulk because someone needs to while speaking with Empire:
“If people were in an airplane when they were dusted, they didn’t return at 35,000 feet. They didn’t fall to their deaths because Smart Hulk is smart, and when he snapped. You can wish for whatever you want and you can wish for everyone to come back safely. Done.”
Well, the Daily Bugle is ready to erase that happy ending for all. The website features user comments, including one from a Jack Triconi, a movie stuntsman who blipped back into existence in the middle of a dangerous stunt:
“My crew and I were working the new Extreme Measures movie. I was right in the middle of a leap off a sixty-story building - the fallpad was below me and everything - and then I blipped. I guess they didn’t leave the pad there for five years, cuz I’ve been in the hospital ever since.”
Um, awkward? Not only does “Triconi” make claims that snap away Kevin Feige’s take, the guy is also contradicting Sony’s Spider-Man helmer and the humorous take on blipping back in Far From Home. Of course, there’s been a very Infowars-esque approach from Jameson, so there’s no telling if Triconi’s claims will turn out to be legit or a planted portion of some wide-reaching conspiracy theory. We might not hear more about this discrepancy for awhile, until we learn more about Sony’s future plans for Peter Parker as their Spider-Man multiverse continues to rage with spinoffs galore.
It wasn't long ago that Marvel boss Kevin Feige insisted he wasn't going to trade over to Disney's other biggest franchise, but tonight it's being reported that the producer behind Avengers: Endgame, the biggest movie of all time, is developing a new Star Wars movie. Details on what the Kevin Feige Star Wars movie will be are scarce at the moment.
Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn explains that Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy is ready to make some changes, and is forging a new path for the Star Wars franchise, which will all fall into place after the launch of The Rise of Skywalker this December. Horn had this to say in a statement.
"[Kathleen Kennedy] is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together."
It should come as no surprise that Kevin Feige is a huge Star Wars fan. What may come as a surprise to Marvel fans is that Sony Pictures claimed Feige was too busy bringing Fantastic Four and X-Men into the MCU to really concentrate on Spider-Man any more. He has the next two Marvel phases planned out, which includes both movies and Disney+ TV series, so he's quite busy. No one was expected Kevin Feige to add this to his plate.
Kevin Feige had been discussing his foray into the Star Wars universe this past summer with Kathleen Kennedy, bringing studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman into the discussion. Horn went onto say this about the developing new phase for Star Wars after the Skywalker saga.
"We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox. With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together."
David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are currently working on a new Star Wars trilogy that has been rumored to take place during the Knights of the Old Republic. It is believed that they will only be directly involved in the first installment, and plans beyond that have not been announced. Rian Johnson, director of The Last Jedi, is also working on a separate Star Wars trilogy, though details are scarce, and he will probably direct another original movie before work gets under way.
Lucasfilm has carved out three theatrical dates for the future beyond The Rise of Skywalker. Those are set for December 16, 2022, December 20, 2024 and December 18, 2026. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are expected to be working on the 2022 release, so Kevin Feige's Star Wars movie could be one of the other two dates listed here. But there is no official confirmation on that at this time. This news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
Disney has owned both Marvel and Star Wars for a while now, so it’s almost surprising this has taken so long: According to a Hollywood Reporter exclusive, Kevin Feige, lord of the MCU, is going to develop his own Star Wars movie — one that hopefully won’t further enrage the already apparently tetchy George Lucas.
According to THR’s source, Feige met with Kathleen Kennedy, Lucas’ hand-picked president of Lucasfilm, in late summer to discuss his dipping a toe in another part of Disney’s ever-swelling content pool. There, of course, is no word on what type of movie it will be — a prequel, a spin-off, something else — and there likely won’t be until The Rise of Skywalker, aka Episode IX in the main branch of the franchise, comes out mid-December.
There’s been some anxiety around the property of late, with the spin-off/prequel A Solo Story underperforming during the 2018 summer and slightly underwhelming attendance at Disney World’s Galaxy’s Edge though some postulate that may be due to complex circumstances, such as rising hotel prices and potential attendees’ fears of packed crowds.
And yet there’s clearly more room in the Star Wars inn. There are film projects in the works by Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, plus all the Disney+ shows, boasting the likes of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi and New German Cinema titan Werner Herzog.
Should Feige indeed board the ship, he’ll come bearing some experience with contemporary blockbusters: He’s overseen the MCU from its infancy, watching as four of its 20-plus titles have entered the Top 10 all-time box office not adjusted for inflation. Feige may be busy — one reason Sony yanked Spider-Man from the MCU was they felt he was already over-extended to look over their boy — but clearly he’s not too busy to sprinkle some of his magic dust on a franchise that might need it.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is not only one of the most important creatives in the Disney fold, but arguably in all of Hollywood. Yet, things could have gone in a very different direction, as Feige nearly left Marvel several years back due to clashes with Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter. Luckily, Disney CEO Bob Iger intervened and got the ship moving in the right direction.
Bob Iger recently released a new book called The Ride of a Lifetime, documenting his experience as Disney's CEO. One part of the book details this clash between Kevin Feige and another executive before the Marvel hierarchy was restructured. As Iger tells it, Feige was clashing with the New York office over both Black Panther and Captain Marvel, an unnamed executive, believed to be Ike Perlmutter, doubted those movies could be legitimate hits around the time that Captain America: Civil War was being developed. Here's how Iger explains it in the book.
"Kevin is one of the most talented film executives in the business, but my sense was that the strained relationship with New York was threatening his continued success. I knew I had to intervene, and so in May 2015, I made the decision to split Marvel's movie-making unit off from the rest of Marvel and bring it under Alan Horn and the Walt Disney Studios. Kevin would now report directly to Alan, and would benefit from his experience, and the tensions that had built up between him and the New York office would be alleviated."
As it turns out, that proved to be the right call. Since 2015, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has exploded in popularity. Both Black Panther and Captain Marvel were massive hits at the box office, grossing more than $1 billion globally. Black Panther also scored a Best Picture Oscar nomination and won Marvel Studios its first Academy Awards.
Meanwhile, eight of the ten highest-grossing entries in the MCU came after 2015, with this year's Avengers: Endgame overtaking James Cameron's Avatar to become the biggest movie ever. While there are near countless filmmakers and individuals owed credit for these accomplishments, Kevin Feige is the captain of the ship and is certainly owed a great deal of credit. Would any of this have been the same without him? Or would some other studio be benefiting from his proven genius?
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The future is bright for the MCU. Despite the recent loss of Spider-Man, who is now back in Sony's hands fully, the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises are in Kevin Feige's hands, thanks to the Fox merger. We're also seeing more diversity in the MCU, with movies like Eternals and Thor: Love and Thunder, both of which will feature LGBTQ characters. Plus, Black Widow is finally getting a sorely deserved solo movie. Bob Iger, fortunately, has the vision to understand keeping Feige was essential. The Ride of a Lifetime is available now through Penguin Random House.
In his new book The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Robert Iger discusses, well, the lessons he’s learned from 15 years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company. He also wrote about the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie he’s most proud of Black Panther, what Steve Jobs thought of Iron Man 2 “It sucked”, and George Lucas’ impression of The Force Awakens. Giving up complete creative control of Star Wars couldn’t have been easy for Lucas me thinks a studio would have sent a few notes about Attack of the Clones, and, as Iger wrote, “He reluctantly agreed to be available to consult with us at our request. I promised that we would be open to his ideas this was not a hard promise to make; of course we would be open to George Lucas’s ideas, but like the outlines, we would be under no obligation.”
And because — in Yoda speak — under no obligation, they were, Iger “discarded” most of Lucas’ ideas, which, understandably, did not sit well with the filmmaker.
“Early on, [producer Kathleen Kennedy] brought [director] J.J. [Abrams] and [writer] Michael Arndt up to Northern California to meet with George at his ranch and talk about their ideas for the film. George immediately got upset as they began to describe the plot and it dawned on him that we weren’t using one of the stories he submitted during the negotiations,” Iger wrote. “The truth was, Kathy, J.J., [Disney CCO Alan Horn], and I had discussed the direction in which the saga should go, and we all agreed that it wasn’t what George had outlined. George knew we weren’t contractually bound to anything, but he thought that our buying the story treatments was a tacit promise that we’d follow them, and he was disappointed that his story was being discarded.” He continued:
“I’d been so careful since our first conversation not to mislead him in any way, and I didn’t think I had now, but I could have handled it better. I should have prepared him for the meeting with J.J. and Michael and told him about our conversations, that we felt it was better to go in another direction. I could have talked through this with him and possibly avoided angering him by not surprising him. Now, in the first meeting with him about the future of Star Wars, George felt betrayed, and while this whole process would never have been easy for him, we’d gotten off to an unnecessarily rocky start.”
Lucas’ reaction when he saw The Force Awakens for the first time: “There’s nothing new… There weren’t enough visual or technical leaps forward.” He’s not wrong? Anyway, if I were George, I’d be pissed, too, if my nine-movie plan to have Boss Nass become King of the Galaxy was discarded. Mesa think what could have been.