Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige Promises More Female Directors on Marvel Movies
Kevin Feige has pledged that many of the upcoming Marvel films will follow the precedent set by “Captain Marvel” and be directed by a female director.
Feige made the assertion Saturday at the 10th annual Produced By conference on the Paramount lot and noted that Anna Boden is co-directing the upcoming “Captain Marvel,” the 20th Marvel movie and the first with a female director. A questioner had suggested to Feige during the Q&A part of the session that the next 20 Marvel films should be directed by women.
“I cannot promise that all 20 Marvel movies will have female directors but a heck of a lot of them will,” he said, evoking major applause.
As president of Marvel Studios, Feige has seen 19 films that have opened at No. 1 at the domestic box office and collectively grossed over $16 billion worldwide. Six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have crossed the $1 billion threshold at the global box office — including this year’s “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.”
Feige told the audience that “Black Panther,” which has grossed over $1.3 billion worldwide to date, was particularly crucial in terms of breaking precedent with a black director in Ryan Coogler and stars, led by Chadwick Boseman.
“We had to make that movie to destroy a myth that black movies don’t succeed around the world,” he said. “Unconscious bias is a real thing.”
Feige gave Coogler much of the credit for the “Black Panther” success, calling him “a singular talent” and recalling that at a pre-release screening, he told the director, “I think that’s the best movie we’ve ever made. You’ve made us a better studio.”
“Black Panther”, alongside with other four Marvel movies has surpassed $1 billion box office.