In a surprising turn of events, word broke out earlier today that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would be developing a new film for the Star Wars franchise. The news came as quite a surprise for both Star Wars fans and for Marvel fans.
Marvel Studios has so many new projects lined up for phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Not only is the studio planning a string of new films, but it’s also developing a slew of brand new live-action series for Disney’s upcoming streaming site, Disney+. But that’s not the only thing that Marvel has to think about. There’s also the fact that Marvel also has to start setting up the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, and all of the other mutant heroes that Disney gained from its merger with 21st Century Fox.
However, despite all of the projects lined up for Marvel, it seems like Feige is now trying his hand at the Star Wars franchise. This new move has sparked so many different questions from fans and from Hollywood industry analysts. Does Feige’s entrance into the franchise mean the end of an era? Does it mean the end of Kathleen Kennedy’s time as President of Lucasfilm?
Some Star Wars fans who feel strongly against the progressive strides in the sequel trilogy may want to see Kennedy booted out of Lucasfilm, but it doesn’t seem like Feige is going to replace the studio executive anytime soon.
The original report by The Hollywood Reporter makes it clear that Kennedy will stay on as the president of Lucasfilm, with or without Feige.
"Some see this move as a prelude to a larger role for Feige within Lucasfilm, while others say it merely reflects the Marvel executive’s passion for the franchise. A top Disney source says Kennedy remains in charge with no plans for any changes," the report indicates.
For now, Feige remains simply as a producer on an upcoming movie. We’ll update everyone as soon as we get word about the details of this new Star Wars project.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.