Working on the Spider-Man films helped Kevin Feige realize he could do a Star Wars movie. As architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Feige remains ever-busy and will have a lot on his plate over the next couple of years. The MCU is entering Phase 4 with a full slate of new feature films and Disney+ TV series, showing no signs of slowing down after Avengers: Endgame concluded the Infinity Saga. And last month, Feige was named Marvel's new chief creative officer, meaning he's now overseeing the company's television and comic divisions.
With all of those responsibilities at Marvel, it'd be easy to understand if Feige didn't have time for anything else. But even before he became Marvel CCO, it was surprisingly announced he was going to produce a new Star Wars movie for Lucasfilm. Having a hand in two of Disney's most lucrative properties simultaneously could run the risk of spreading someone thin, but Feige's history showed him Marvel Studios doesn't have the be the all-consuming job it sounds like.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy talked about Feige joining the Star Wars franchise and what encouraged him to step into the galaxy far, far away:
Kevin has been a huge fan of Star Wars, and he’s made that pretty clear. And I think when he went off to do a couple of the Spider-Man movies, he realized that he could kind of step in and out of what he’s doing specifically with just Marvel. He talked to us, and he talked to the studio and said, “You know, ’Is there any chance I could step in and do one of the Star Wars movies?’” And I thought it was a pretty cool idea. So we’re just beginning to talk about what that might be and when that might be. But it’s a ways off.
Feige was a producer on Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, two films that were made through Disney's deal with Sony. Since both of those movies are Sony releases, it meant Feige had to work outside of his usual setup on them, while also overseeing Disney's in-house Marvel productions (including this year's mega blockbuster, Endgame). Obviously, this all went seamlessly, illustrating to Feige he doesn't have to relegate himself to a single area. And considering the amount of success he's had with the MCU, it isn't surprising Lucasfilm was willing to listen to him. Even with Marvel ramping up their output (they just staked claim to more release dates), Feige will have time to take care of everything that needs to be done. If he felt this task was impossible, he probably wouldn't have asked Kennedy about a Star Wars movie.
As Kennedy notes, the Feige Star Wars film is "a ways off." After David Benioff & D.B. Weiss' planned Star Wars trilogy was cancelled, some theorized Feige's film could slide into the December 2022 window Disney's already set aside for an untitled Star Wars movie. However, Feige's movie is not expected to be ready for that date, so it'll be interesting to see how things develop over the next few years. Lucasfilm is currently unsure what the next Star Wars film after The Rise of Skywalker will be, as they usher the franchise into its post-Skywalker saga era. That's a tall order, but someone like Feige should have some solid ideas.
Source: Rolling Stone