Kevin Feige

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Kevin Feige
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Feige at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1973-06-02) June 2, 1973 (age 47)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Occupation
  • Film producer
  • studio executive
Years active2000–present
EmployerThe Walt Disney Company
Notable work
Marvel Cinematic Universe
Title
Spouse(s)Caitlin Feige
Children2

Kevin Feige (/ˈfɡi/ FY-ghee; born June 2, 1973)[1] is an American film producer and television producer who has been the president of Marvel Studios and the primary creator and producer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise since 2007.[2] The films he has produced have a combined worldwide box office gross of over $26.8 billion.[3]

Feige is a member of the Producers Guild of America. In 2018, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Black Panther, the first superhero film ever to receive a Best Picture nomination and the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to win an Academy Award. In October 2019 he became chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment.

In July 2019, Avengers: Endgame, which he produced, became the highest-grossing film of all time.[4]

Early life and career[edit]

Feige was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Westfield, New Jersey,[1][5] where he graduated from Westfield High School.[6] He comes from a Jewish family. His maternal grandfather, Robert E. Short, was a television producer in the 1950s, working on soap operas including The Guiding Light and As the World Turns.[7][8][9]

After high school, Feige applied to the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, the alma mater of his favorite directors: George Lucas, Ron Howard and Robert Zemeckis. His first five applications were rejected, but he persevered and was accepted on the sixth.[8]

His early work includes being assistant to executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner on Volcano and You've Got Mail.

In 2000, he was hired by Marvel as a producer.[8]

Film production[edit]

Feige receiving the Inkpot Award at the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con.[10]

On the first X-Men film, Donner made Feige an associate producer, due to his knowledge of the Marvel Universe.[5] Impressing Avi Arad, he was hired to work as his second-in-command at Marvel Studios that same year.[11] In the mid-2000s, Feige realized that although Spider-Man and the X-Men had been licensed to Sony and 20th Century Fox, Marvel still owned the rights to the core members of the Avengers, and envisioned creating a shared universe just as creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby had done with their comic books in the early 1960s.[12]

Feige was named president of production for Marvel Studios in March 2007.[13]

Feige received the Motion Picture Showman of the Year award at the ICG Publicists Guild Awards on February 22, 2013. The Awards committee chairman, Henri Bollinger, said "Kevin Feige's understanding and appreciation of publicity and promotion in the role of a film's success has led to a string of blockbuster feature films adapted from the pages of Marvel comic books during the past 10 years."[14]

For his work on Black Panther, Feige received nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Producers Guild of America Award.[15]

Feige was awarded the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures by the Producers Guild of America in 2019.[16] On September 26, 2019, it was reported that Feige is currently developing a Star Wars film for Lucasfilm.[17] On January 11, 2021 in a live broadcast on the YouTube channel Star Wars Theory revealed he will not be involved in Star Wars further after his film is done.[18]

In October 2019, Feige, in addition to being President of Marvel Studios, was named Chief Creative Officer for Marvel Comics, Marvel Television and Marvel Animation.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Feige is married to Caitlin, a cardiothoracic nurse.[20] They have two children: a daughter born in 2009, and a son born in 2012.[21]

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Year Title Role
2000 X-Men Associate producer
2002 Spider-Man
2003 Daredevil Co-Producer
X2
Hulk Executive Producer
2004 The Punisher
Spider-Man 2
2005 Man-Thing
Elektra Co-Producer
Fantastic Four Executive Producer
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
2007 Spider-Man 3
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
2008 Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow
Punisher: War Zone
Iron Man Producer
The Incredible Hulk
2009 Hulk Versus Executive Producer
2010 Iron Man 2 Producer
2011 Thor
Captain America: The First Avenger
Thor: Tales of Asgard Executive Producer
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers Producer
2013 Iron Man 3
Thor: The Dark World
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron
Ant-Man
2016 Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Spider-Man: Homecoming
Thor: Ragnarok
2018 Black Panther
Avengers: Infinity War
Ant-Man and the Wasp
2019 Captain Marvel
Avengers: Endgame
Spider-Man: Far From Home
2021 Black Widow
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Eternals
Spider-Man: No Way Home
2022 Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Thor: Love and Thunder
The Marvels
2023 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Television[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
2009–2012 Iron Man: Armored Adventures Executive producer 52 episodes
2009 Wolverine and the X-Men 26 episodes
2015–2016 Agent Carter 18 episodes
2020 The Simpsons Voice actor Episode: Bart the Bad Guy; voice of Chinnos[22]
2021 WandaVision Executive producer 9 episodes
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier 6 episodes
Loki 6 episodes; Post-production
What If...? 20 episodes; In production
Ms. Marvel 6 episodes; Post-production
Hawkeye Post-production
2022 She-Hulk 10 episodes; Filming
Moon Knight 6 episodes; Filming

Short films[edit]

Year(s) Title Role Notes
2011 The Consultant Producer  
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer  
2012 Item 47  
2013 Agent Carter  
2014 All Hail the King  
2016 Team Thor Co-produced with Taika Waititi and Brad Winderbaum
2017 Team Thor: Part 2
2018 Team Darryl

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kevin Feige". Empire. Archived from the original on July 17, 2019. Retrieved July 17, 2019.
  2. ^ "Marvel Entertainment Names David Maisel as Chairman, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige as President..." Business Wire. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  3. ^ "Kevin Feige Movie Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Archived from the original on August 29, 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.making him the highest grossing producer of all time.
  4. ^ McClintock, Pamela (July 20, 2019). "Box Office: 'Avengers: Endgame' Passes 'Avatar' to Become No. 1 Film of All Time". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on July 21, 2019. Retrieved July 21, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Marvel With a Fan at the Helm Steers Its Heroes to the Screen". The New York Times. July 25, 2011. Archived from the original on December 8, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2010. Mr. Feige, 38...
  6. ^ Alterman, Elizabeth (June 25, 2013). "Follow Your Bliss, WHS Principal Tells Class of 2013". Westfield Patch. Archived from the original on November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  7. ^ Ryan, Joal. "The incredible, hidden history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe". CNET. Retrieved January 8, 2021.
  8. ^ a b c Garrahan, Matthew (October 31, 2014). "Kevin Feige: the movie nut who transformed Marvel". Financial Times. Retrieved November 9, 2016. Mr Feige, 41,.... As a teenager in New Jersey, Mr Feige knew he wanted to work in Hollywood. ... Giving this year's commencement address at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, he told the audience of Gamble soap operas such as Guiding Light and As the World Turns (subscription required)
  9. ^ Roshanian, Arya (August 2, 2016). "Former Procter & Gamble Executive Robert E. Short Dies at 95".
  10. ^ "Inkpot Award". Comic-Con International: San Diego. December 6, 2012.
  11. ^ Leonard, Devin (April 3, 2014). "The Pow! Bang! Bam! Plan to Save Marvel, Starring B-List Heroes". Bloomberg Businessweek. Archived from the original on March 7, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2015.(subscription required)
  12. ^ Russo, Tom (April 25, 2012). "Super Groups". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on April 3, 2016. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  13. ^ "Marvel Entertainment Names David Maisel as Chairman, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige as President..." AllBusiness.com. March 13, 2007. Archived from the original on May 11, 2009. Retrieved July 1, 2008.
  14. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (November 14, 2012). "Marvel President Kevin Feige Named Motion Picture Showman of the Year by IATSE Local 600". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 13, 2016. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  15. ^ "'Black Panther': nominations and awards". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 1, 2019. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  16. ^ Kilday, Gregg (August 30, 2018). "Kevin Feige to Be Honored by Producers Guild of America". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 31, 2019. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  17. ^ Masters, Kim (September 25, 2019). "'Star Wars' Shocker: Marvel's Kevin Feige Developing New Movie for Disney (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 9, 2020. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "Kevin Feige Says He's NOT Involved in Star Wars After His Film - Nerd Theory - YouTube". www.youtube.com. Retrieved January 12, 2021.
  19. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (October 15, 2019). "Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Adds Marvel Chief Creative Officer Title; He'll Oversee All Creative & Story Initiatives". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 16, 2019. Retrieved October 15, 2019.
  20. ^ David, Mark (September 2, 2014). "Kevin Feige's Super Upgrade in Pacific Palisades (Excusive)". Variety. Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  21. ^ Feinberg, Scott (November 10, 2019). "'Awards Chatter' Podcast — Kevin Feige ('Avengers: Endgame')". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 7, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  22. ^ Schneider, Michael (February 27, 2020). "'The Simpsons' First Look: Watch Marvel's Kevin Feige Play a Thanos-Like Character (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Archived from the original on April 1, 2021. Retrieved April 27, 2021.

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