Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and one of the driving forces behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will produce a new Star Wars movie for Disney. That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, which states that the move is part of new plans for “a wave of projects set in the [Star Wars] universe.”
The site reports that Feige discussed the Star Wars project in late summer, having met with Lucasfilm’s president Kathleen Kennedy and studio co-chairmen Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. Asked for a statement, Horn said, “We are excited about the projects Kathy and the Lucasfilm team are working on, not only in terms of Star Wars but also Indiana Jones and reaching into other parts of the company including Children of Blood and Bone with Emma Watts and Fox.”
He continued: “With the close of the Skywalker Saga, Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together.”
Naturally, questions will arise about the scope of the role Feige will have in the future of the Star Wars universe and also the scope of his film. For his part, Feige has been critical for crafting the interconnected universe of superhero films based on Marvel Comics characters. These films have dominated the box office for years now and, the latest, Avengers: Endgame, had a record-breaking run. Fans will no doubt be wondering if Feige’s movie is the prelude to deeper involvement with Star Wars.
However, speaking to THR, sources have indicated that Kennedy will remain very much at the helm. The next entry in the blockbuster sci-fi saga is Star Wars Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker, which hits theaters on December 20. Marvel, meanwhile, is working on movies for Black Widow and Eternals, as well as Black Panther 2, among numerous other projects.