Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, is happy in the MCU and does not have any interest in taking over Lucasfilm from Kathleen Kennedy.
Kevin Feige has no plans to take over as head of Lucasfilm. Feige has become one of the most influential producers in Hollywood, earning an Oscar nomination for Black Panther and being awarded the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures from the Producers Guild of America in 2019. He has been the President of Production at Marvel Studios since 2007 and in 2019 was named Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Comics, Marvel Animation, and Marvel Television, giving him far more creative control than many producers.
In 2019, Feige’s Star Wars project was confirmed at Lucasfilm. Despite having a busy schedule with multiple films and expanding the brand with television series on Disney+, some took this as an indicator that Feige was prepping to take over Lucasfilm from Kathleen Kennedy, despite the massive success Star Wars has had at the box-office under her tenure. Even when Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, said Kathleen Kennedy would be staying as head of Lucasfilm, many chose not to believe it.
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In a recent report published in Variety, insiders say Feige has no ambition to take over Star Wars or Lucasfilm. Little details have been given about his Star Wars film, and no production timeline has been given for the project. Feige is currently seen as the most essential executive, given the massive success of the MCU, and he is fully committed to it.
Feige staying onboard Marvel Studios makes a great deal of sense as he has shepherded the franchise from its beginning with Iron Man in 2008 to a massive global box-office success. With the recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the studio now has access to a whole new stable of Marvel superheroes that the studio couldn’t even touch just a few short years ago, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and Deadpool. Disney knows Feige works well for Marvel Studios as they’ve expanded his roles to other areas of the company, and they don’t want Marvel to lose what appears to be the key to its success.
Lucasfilm is also in strong, capable hands as four of the five Star Wars films produced by Kennedy have generated over $1 billion at the worldwide box-office, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi was the highest-grossing film of their respective years both domestic and worldwide. Now that the Skywalker Saga is over, Lucasfilm has major plans to extend beyond Star Wars, including an adaptation of the YA novel, Children of Love and Bone, and the fifth and final installment in the Indiana Jones franchise. Combine that with the various Star Wars television series in development, any major executive change-up for Marvel or Lucasfilm would cause ripple effects on many productions. Disney paid a lot of money for both properties and trusts Kennedy and Feige to run these franchises for the foreseeable future.
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