After the success Marvel Studios has had this past year with the ensemble superhero film "Marvel's The Avengers," could anyone but Kevin Feige be named Motion Picture Showman of the Year?
The Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild, better known as IATSE Local 600, doesn't seem to think so. The organization will give Feige the Showman of the Year award at its 50th annual Awards Luncheon in Beverly Hills on February 22, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Though "The Avengers" is his latest accomplishment (as is the successful completion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One), Feige has received this honor because of his achievements over the past decade.
"Kevin Feige’s understanding and appreciation of publicity and promotion in the role of a movie’s success has led to a string of blockbuster feature films adapted from the pages of Marvel comic books during the past 10 years," IATSE Local 900 awards committee chairman Henri Bollinger told THR.
Feige joined Marvel in 2000. He acted as an associate producer on Bryan Singer's "X-Men," and had a hand in every Marvel motion picture to come out after. That includes the bad ones, like "Elektra," "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer," but we also have Feige to thank for films like "X2," "Spider-Man 2" and "Iron Man."
After being named President of Production at Marvel Studios in 2007, he helped usher in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One. So if you ever catch Feige on the street, know that he's the man you want to talk to about Marvel's upcoming comic book adaptations.
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