Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has shared his first ever San Diego Comic-Con experience – which interestingly, was with DC boss Geoff Johns. While the two are now the captains of the biggest superhero film franchises out there, they first started as unpaid interns working tougher (to some degree) for Superman director Richard Donner.
Before they were the kings of the popular annual event that is Comic-Con International, Feige and Johns were just two road trippers driving to San Diego to see what the fuss is all about. The powerful execs were once again brought together at San Diego Comic-Con this year, in order to promote their respective superhero movie franchises’ upcoming slates (see: the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe).
Feige and Johns sat down together for a video hosted by The Academy and posted to their official Twitter account, where the former recalled his first-ever visit to San Diego Comic-Con:
“The two of us watched cars together, walked dogs together. Remember this? The first time I ever went to Comic-Con, you and I were in the office, it was slow time. I had been hired by Marvel but hadn’t officially left to work there yet and it was three o’clock in the afternoon on a Thursday or something and we got to his Jeep and drove down to San Diego. And you stayed cos you have some common people there and I drove the car back. I loved that.”
Johns, by comparison praised his former co-worker’s body of work saying “What you’ve done is insane and I love watching it because it’s so phenomenal. And I love it all.” He even reminisced about how Feige built a shed on top of his apartment where he safely kept all his action figures – proving the Marvel boss’ passion for the geeky genre.
This is not the first time that Feige and Johns have expressed admiration for one another’s respective superhero movie franchise success. Last month, the DC exec took to his official social media to share his anticipation and excitement for Black Panther after the first trailer for the film dropped. Meanwhile, later that same month, Feige lauded Wonder Woman and credited it for opening doors for more superhero films led by female characters – adding that even Marvel’s very own Captain Marvel will benefit from the success of the Patty Jenkins-directed DCEU film.
Both Feige and Johns have their work cut for them over the next couple of years. DC is gearing up to launch their first ensemble DCEU film in Justice League later this year, followed by solo character movies like Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Shazam! and Batgirl, among other DCEU films now confirmed to be moving forward. Meanwhile, 2018 is going to be a huge year for the MCU as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. Case in point: after Thor: Ragnarok closes out 2017, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man And The Wasp will all be hitting theaters the year after, followed by Captain Marvel in 2019 and Avengers 4 as the final installment in Phase 3 of the MCU.
Source: The Academy
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