One of the reasons Marvel Studios has been able to maintain such consistency throughout its inter-connected Marvel Cinematic Universe (which is now 11 films deep) is because Kevin Feige, the studio’s President, has remained the creative driving force since its inception. A producer on every Marvel Studios film, Feige is the “grand architect” of the MCU, and he’s the one who helps implement the studio’s ambitious plans.
Steve recently spoke with Feige at the press day for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he asked the Marvel Studios head an incredibly important question: when is his Marvel contract up?
So obviously this doesn’t mean that Feige is leaving the Marvel world in 2018, but at that point in time—assuming Marvel continues to churn out massive hits (they will)—he’ll be in a position to decide if he wants to extend his post at the studio.
Again, Feige is one of the main reasons Marvel has been able to execute what’s essentially a series of comic books in film form. Directors, writers and stars vary from movie-to-movie, but Feige is intimately involved in every single one from conception to release, ensuring that they all feel part of one universe no matter their specific eccentricities.
It’s unclear when exactly in 2018 Feige’s contract is up, but currently Marvel has three films slated for release that year: Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and the first half of its two-part Infinity War saga. I’d be shocked if Feige didn’t stick around to see Infinity War conclude in 2019, since it’s the culmination of the Thanos battle that Marvel first teased in The Avengers, but it’ll be interesting to see what else Marvel has on the horizon beyond 2019 once that event concludes.
Click here if you missed what Feige had to say about the next Spider-Man movie. Look for more from Steve’s interview with Feige on Collider soon. For a refresher on all of Marvel’s confirmed releases, see below. And for a catalog of all upcoming superhero movie release dates, click here.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
- Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange – November 6, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
- Spider-Man Reboot – July 28, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 – May 4, 2018
- Black Panther – July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 – May 3, 2019
- Inhumans – July 12, 2019