Marvel Boss Kevin Feige Promises More Female Directors & Diversity In MCU’s Future | Film News
Next month’s Ant-Man And The Wasp will bring the number of MCU movies to 20, and the first 10 years of Marvel Studios has been an unmitigated success. Having dominated the movie world for the last decade, Marvel boss Kevin Feige has promised that the next decade and onwards will see the studio have a much more diverse look.
Speaking at the 10th annual Produced By Conference, Feige talked about the future of Marvel and confirmed that women will play a larger role in the studio, both in front and behind the camera. Along with Evangeline Lily‘s co-headlining role in next month’s film, and Brie Larson starring in Captain Marvel, Feige confirmed that we can expect a “heck of a lot” more women directing their films.
Captain Marvel will mark Marvel’s first female director, Anna Boden, who co-directs alongside her husband Ryan Fleck. Feige also spoke about the success of Black Panther – currently the highest grossing superhero movie of all time at the North American box office – attributing the success of the movie to the diversity of the film. He added that the goal of the film was to:
“Disprove the myth that black movies don’t perform around the world”, before talking about making future Marvel movies more diverse, saying: “I don’t want to be in a room where everyone looks like you. It’s detrimental to the project you are working on”.
Feige added that some of the people that were a part of the Black Panther crew, such as costume designer Ruth E. Carter and director of photography Rachel Morrison, were not originally top choices until director Ryan Coogler fought for them. Though they had little blockbuster experience, Feige listened to Coogler and brought them on board, and obviously the results were spectacular.
“We can’t imagine the movie without them, and the future movies we hope to make with them”, Feige added. He also mentioned that we can expect more unique sequels in the studio’s future (á la Thor: Ragnarok), the hiring of more indie directors and escalating costs per film as their stars commit to more movies, thus earning them a higher payday.
Although the studio is already the envy of everyone else in Hollywood, it looks like the future is even brighter for Marvel. As they bring in new voices and talents from different backgrounds, expect their movies to become a lot more interesting and bold, which should stop the studio – which often releases multiple films per year – from becoming stale in the minds of fans.
Ant-Man And The Wasp arrives in cinemas on Friday, July 6.
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