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Is Kevin Feige Set to Take Over Disney?

Kevin Feige, the current President and Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Studios, has brought the Walt Disney Company great success through the Avengers franchise and subsequent connecting Marvel Cinematic Universe films. However, new reports suggest that Marvel Entertainment’s CCO may seek a new role within the film and media conglomerate’s many profitable divisions.

Most audiences will know Feige, if not by name, then by his work. The studio executive began his industry career working on the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, Netflix’s Daredevil, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Ang Lee’s Hulk, then moving on to blockbuster hits such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021).

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Kevin Feige is famous amongst Marvel and Disney fans alike for overseeing multiple decades of success for the live-action adaptations of Marvel comics superheroes, especially once Disney purchased the franchise after Iron Man (2008) was a box office sensation. In fact, Feige has carried Marvel and Disney through four “phases” of entertainment, both through theatrical releases and Disney+ streaming media, with positive projections for Marvel’s upcoming projects.

Recently, fans learned that Disney wants the executive on a Star Wars movie, another successful franchise under the Walt Disney Studios umbrella, which he would produce with another Marvel alumnus, writer Michael Waldron. However, Feige has previously stated a lack of desire to shift from managing Marvel to coordinating the next chapter of the Jedis, Resistance, and others against the Empire/First Order for Lucasfilm and may have his sights set on an even larger role at the House of Mouse.

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As reported in The Direct, the host of The Hot Mic, Jeff Sneider, brought up the topic of Feige’s potential promotion at Disney, noting that “Feige wants to be the number two at Disney,” the employer that almost fired him back in 2015, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger who was responsible for saving Feige’s job at the hands of Ike Perlmutter. As the top creative executive, Feige would take over as Walt Disney Studios Chairman, a role previously held by Alan Bergman for the last three years.

Of course, having coordinated the massively complex Marvel Studios timeline and phases, Feige would likely be suited to Bergman’s role, which manages all film and streaming content not just for Disney, but Pixar, 20th Century Studios, Marvel, and Lucasfilm as well. According to Sneider, insider reports confirm Feige is interested in the Chairman role, having “always coveted” Bergman’s job.

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Moreover, now that Iger has promoted Bergman to Co-Chairman of Disney Entertainment, possibly setting him up as Iger’s CEO successor, his former position is definitely available for someone of Feige’s expertise. Follow DisneyDining for more updates on the Walt Disney Company restructure as they become available.

 

About Spencer Johnette

Spencer is a lifelong lover of theme parks, princesses, and Disney history that recently relocated to Northern California. She completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA, where she was the founder and first president of the campus Disney Club. A former Cast Member still mourning the loss of the Disney Store, she now haunts the Walt Disney Family Museum halls and shares her opinions with anyone who will listen @gothelsflower.