Star Wars’ intergalactic adventures go beyond the many years that this franchise has been one of the pioneers. Marvel is also a standard of its own. Despite being both successful, some fans tend to pit the two against each other, but renowned filmmaker Jon Favreau recently admitted that the MCU and Star Wars inform each other in many aspects, as he also revealed he constantly keeps in touch with Marvel Studios' boss, Kevin Feige.
In an interview with Variety, Favreau addressed the possibility of doing a reverse Marvel and having The Mandalorian’s Din Djarin and Grogu cross back over to the big screen. The MCU, as fans know, might not exist if Favreau had not directed the first Iron Man film, and now he’s currently building a solidified cinematic expansion of Star Wars with The Mandalorian while acknowledging the world-building he learned at Marvel.
“I speak to Kevin Feige regularly, and we’re always watching each other’s stuff. I’ve worked in the MCU and I’m dealing with people who worked in Star Wars for a long time. There’s a lot of overlap, and certainly in the fan base. I think one informs the other, that’s just the nature of storytelling, on the technological side as well as stylistically.” he shared.
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Favreau has also been increasing his efforts to make Star Wars more intact to mirror Marvel's effective storytelling style. The Mandoverse has arrived to change the Star Wars standard and make it more functional to cater to fans who deserve it all. Marvel is still keeping up with theatrical releases amid its slate of ongoing Disney+ shows, while Star Wars pivoted to TV in late 2019 and is also about to make a big-screen comeback with Damon Lindelof's untitled Star Wars movie.
“There’s always an opportunity when you have a set of characters and stories that people connect with that you could cross-media into different areas. Marvel does it quite effectively. It’s just a matter of where our time should be spent and what the appetite of the audience is. With all these stories we’re telling, it is a full-time job just keeping this going with what we’re doing now. Television has a much different rhythm and schedule than film does.” explained Favreau.
Aside from Favreau, many other prominent actors have played both MCU and Star Wars characters, such as Paul Bettany, Rosario Dawson, Benicio del Toro, Donald Glover, Oscar Isaac, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o, Natalie Portman, Andy Serkis, Stellan Skarsgård, and Forest Whitaker. So the overlap between the two franchises is visible.
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From here, fans can only expect that Marvel and Star Wars will be more interconnected with each other.