There's been a lot of focus on how long Robert Downey Jr. will stay with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the real question should be how long Kevin Feige will stick around. The Marvel Studios president is the glue that holds the MCU together, and he is responsible for building the Marvel movie franchise up to the success it is today.
Fortunately the folks over at Collider thought to ask Feige how much longer he has in his contract with Marvel. He said it was the first time he'd been asked that question, and admitted that he'll stick with the studio "certainly through Phase Two."
When asked whether Feige can see himself still running Marvel in five years for Phrase Three, he didn't seem entirely certain.
"I don’t know," he said. "The truth of the matter is, I always sort of set a goal or set a horizon line and look towards that. Then say, 'Once I get to that horizon line I will see where we stand.' For a long time it was 'X-Men 2' and then for a long time it was 'Iron Man' and 'Incredible Hulk' -- are we going to be a studio by then or not? Is it going to work or is it not? Then it was 'Avengers,' now it's 'Avengers 2.' So, two years after that, three years after that, I can't even begin to guess."
That sounds to us like there are contract negotiations in Feige's near future. While Marvel has never been afraid of switching out major players to make the MCU run smoothly -- Don Cheadle for Terrence Howard, Mark Ruffalo for Edward Norton, Shane Black for Jon Favreau -- it's hard to imagine Marvel Studios without Kevin Feige at the helm. Hopefully Disney feels the same way and at least keeps him as a major player once his contract runs out.
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