It’s a query that’s posed to anybody remotely affiliated with or enjoys the Marvel Cinematic Universe: who’s your favourite character? We all have our personal solutions, together with Marvel Studios president (and now chief artistic officer of Marvel Entertainment) Kevin Feige. So who’s his choose? Easy, it’s Iron Man.
However, Kevin Feige clarified that the explanation he chosen Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark is as a result of he’s nonetheless pondering rather a lot about Avengers: Endgame, and that his reply will ultimately change. After just lately being requested what his “Marvel spirit character” is, Feige defined:
Well, first, let me praise you on a brand new spin on the query, ‘Who’s your favourite Marvel hero?’ I at all times equate that after all to, I’ve two youngsters, folks go, ‘Which one’s your favourite?’ That doesn’t work. Usually the reply to that query is no matter I’m engaged on now and no matter is encompassing nearly all of my time or mind house, however as a result of I’m nonetheless nostalgic off of Endgame and actually can’t imagine that I’m sitting right here and speaking to you in an period the place I’ve completed the Infinity Saga and have achieved our 22, 23 counting Far From Home, motion pictures in Infinity Saga and introduced that to an in depth. So I’m nostalgic for Iron Man from the place it began and the place it completed. And the character that we very purposely — all of our instincts went into that.
It’s been a little bit over eight months since Avengers: Endgame arrived in theaters and wrapped up the Infinity Saga, with Spider-Man: Far From Home serving as an epilogue a couple of months later. But even now, Endgame remains to be on Kevin Feige’s thoughts, specific Iron Man, who launched the MCU in 2008 and perished final 12 months to avoid wasting all of existence from being destroyed by Thanos.
During the Q&A portion of his go to to the New York Film Academy, Kevin Feige elaborated on how Iron Man, who’s been a Marvel Comics mainstay since his introduction in 1962, wasn’t a personality well-known to most people when Marvel Studios began making motion pictures, however Feige was assured that each the hero and his alter-ego would attain the identical degree of recognition as soon as the Iron Man film was launched. As he put it:
Choosing that character from the entire — it is true we did not have the marquee characters, which means the characters that both already had a film or already had a TV present or an animated sequence. The different studios had X-Men, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Hulk. We had every little thing else, however Iron Man appeared very distinctive and really particular. I keep in mind saying to the advertising and marketing division at Paramount, as a result of Paramount launched that, that if we do our job proper, Tony Stark shall be as well-known as Iron Man. Tony Stark shall be as well-known, a family title, as Iron Man as a result of that is how attention-grabbing the character must be.
How proper Kevin Feige was. In his 10 appearances throughout 11 years, Tony Stark turned well-known not only for his exploits as Iron Man, however for a way he introduced himself exterior of the go well with. Granted, a few of his character quirks got here from how he’s depicted within the comics, however most of it falls squarely on what Robert Downey Jr. dropped at the desk. Feige continued:
Literally the primary choice I used to be allowed to make and pursue as president of Marvel Studios was casting Robert Downey Jr. And it felt enjoyable to do this as a result of we knew it will both be nice or the most important dumpster fireplace ever. There’s little or no wiggle room. It ended up being nice. I at all times say no RDJ, no MCU.
So as issues stand now, Kevin Feige remains to be mainly enamored with Iron Man, and he might keep that means for some time. But as Feige additionally acknowledged early on, finally he doesn’t play favorites, even with fictional characters. Iron Man often is the prime canine for now, however ultimately he’ll be knocked from the #1 spot and changed by another person.
Who will that be? That’s exhausting to say. Looking forward to Phase four and past, not solely will we reunite with people like Doctor Strange and Thor, we’ll even be launched to loads of new faces, like The Eternals and Shang-Chi. And let’s not overlook that the X-Men and Fantastic Four, who had beforehand been off-limits, are actually out there to convey into within the MCU.
And why even restrict Kevin Feige’s decisions to motion pictures? With Disney+ reveals like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Moon Knight and She-Hulk (to call a couple of) will permit Marvel Studios to ship tales that may be streamed within the consolation of your personal house and shall be simply as essential to the MCU mythos as its large display screen choices. The sky’s the restrict on who Feige might choose as his new favourite character!
If Kevin Feige reveals to the general public who his subsequent favourite Marvel character is, we right here at Sahiwal will let you recognize about it. For now, you’ll be able to see what the MCU has coming down the pipeline with our complete information.