Under the leadership of Kevin Feige, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has earned a giant fan base, brought in double digits billions of dollars over the last decade and helped solidify Disney’s choice to purchase Marvel Comics. So it makes a lot of sense that Disney is ready to bring Feige’s eye to another of their billion-dollar properties.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Feige and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy are teaming up to shepherd in a new era of Star Wars films. They are making plans for a wave of new projects that will follow the upcoming conclusion of the long-running Skywalker saga with December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
“We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox,” Disney Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Alan Horn said to THR. “With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is surging forward in 2020 with their fourth phase, including large swath of TV shows set to debut on the Disney+ streaming platform while on the Star Wars side they have TV projects with The Mandalorian and Kenobi for Disney+ along with their animated fare and some still-secret trilogies from David Benioff & D.B. Weiss and Rian Johnson sometime in the near future.
Whether those films will be ones that Feige has a hand in guiding or it will be things that come beyond those is unclear.
Despite a lot of monetary success, things haven’t been smooth on the Star Wars side of Disney from firing of directors (Gareth Edwards & Phil Lord and Chris Miller), reshoot controversies, the soft reception of the Han Solo film as well as a portion of the fandom reacting beyond negatively to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
On the other side, Feige’s leadership alongside others at Marvel Studios has mostly been smooth outside of things like the loss of Edgar Wright from Ant-Man and issues that led to the departure of Terrance Howard from Iron Man (though this did happen during the time that Ike Pearlmutter still has a heavy hand in the MCU, before Feige got Disney to cut the Marvel CEO out of the films).