Kevin Feige Discusses the Secret of Marvel Studios’ Success and Hints at the Future

After twenty movies and $17 billion at the box office, there’s not a Marvel fan out there who doesn’t look to Kevin Feige as a huge reason why Marvel Studios is as successful as they are.

2018 is the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios and it brought us Black Panther, Ant-Man and The Wasp, and of course Avengers: Infinity War. Partially due to the anniversary and to tie-in with the August Blu-ray release of Avengers: Infinity War the latest issue of the CostCo Connections newsletter features an interview with Kevin Feige.

There’s a couple pretty good quotes from Feige in the interview such as this discussing the philosophy behind adapting the comics:

CC: How tied are the films and the comics?
KF: All the inspiration comes from the comics—for the costumes, for the characters, for their backstories. Occasionally for particular plot ideas. But we always alter them in ways that we think makes for a better movie experience. Also, now we have our own continuity, our own mythology of 20 films that also can inform where we go. But the comics always are the starting point for us. Because of the amazing source material—70-plus years of Marvel Comics source material—it’s like we’re just starting. There’s so much more to pull from.

In a world where a different studio turned Galactus into a flarking cloud, staying true to the comics is one reason why Marvel Studios does the best Marvel films.

That plays into the future of the “core” characters:

CC: You talk about how the characters have changed in the 10 years. What happens when the actors who created them are ready to move on?
KF: That’s what we can look to in the comics. And that’s why these characters are so relevant. I talk about 10 years of movies, but it’s 50-plus years of these characters in the comics. And they’re just as relevant and popular. And that’s because they do get updated. They do change with the times. … I have no doubt that all of our actors, who are in peak physical shape, have got another 50 years in them to be heroes. In terms of the specifics of how we will evolve the characters, thankfully I don’t have to really think about it yet. ’Cause we’re still finishing what we started here with Avengers: Infinity War.

Finally Costco asked him the big question that’s on everyone’s mind, what happens when he leaves Marvel Studios:

“Marvel did just fine for 56 years before me; they’ll be just fine 56 years after me. The team is so strong here. We all know, particularly myself, that we are just the current stewards of these characters. As has happened in many years of the comics—different writers, different artists, different editors and different publishers— I think it’ll be the same thing in the movies. I’m just enthusiastic and excited to be here today.”

If you look at the article and the picture of Feige behind his desk covered in Baby Groots and other Marvel memorabilia (including a Uatu the Watcher statue), you can tell he loves this stuff and is probably not going to be going anywhere anytime soon.