Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Master of the (Marvel) Universe

Since the release of Iron Man lo those many moons ago in '08, Marvel Studios has ridden from success to success as its built up a shared cinematic universe for its multitude of costume characters that's unlike anything before seen on the screen. Since the culmination of the studio's "Phase 1" with last year's Avengers, there's been no let-up, with the record-setting release of Iron Man 3 in May, and sequels on tap for Thor and Captain America, plus next year's Guardians of the Galaxy, and 2015's Avengers: The Age of Ultron all working their way through the development pipeline (not to mention the upcoming Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. series on ABC).

In fact, the level of cross-platform success Marvel has enjoyed of late is pretty much inversely proportional to how clubfooted rival Warner Bros./DC Comics' record has been with just about any non-Batman flick (though Man of Steel may have turned the tide there). A big part of Marvel's success has been the man in charge, producer Kevin Feige, whose role as head of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives him more sway over the destinies of these characters than anyone since Stan Lee himself. Check out this in-depth profile of Feige over at Wired for some revealing insights into how he's been able to do what he does as effectively as he has, as well as whether the WB has anyone comparable on their team.

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