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Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reveals THIS non MCU movie paved the way to Marvel Cinematic Universe

Kevin Feige looked back at the initial years of Marvel Cinematic Universe and explained how a non-MCU movie helped set up the MCU.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige reveals THIS non MCU movie paved the way to Marvel Cinematic UniverseMarvel Studios head Kevin Feige reveals THIS non MCU movie paved the way to Marvel Cinematic Universe
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It has been a little over ten years since Iron Man set the foundation stone and paved the path to the humongous Marvel Cinematic Universe. With 23 movies under the umbrella, Marvel Studios has several box office records to their name, including owing the highest-grossing movie of all-time with Avengers: Endgame. As we step into MCU's Phase 4, we can only imagine the empire expanding like never before. But before we dive into the new phase, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige sat down to look back at MCU's establishing years and revealed that there was one movie that helped kick-off MCU. 

Feige revealed that the making of X-Men encouraged him and the team at Marvel to exploring and perfecting the characters in his control. The producer, who recently appeared on The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, recalled Producer Avi Arad's trust in the Marvel comic book characters. "[Producer] Avi [Arad] very much believed in all of these characters, and very much believed in the potential that these characters had to be movies," Feige explained. 

He went on to explain that although there were several movies made on the Marvel characters, they did not live up to fan expectations. "They didn’t kill the characters, but they were not good. I think you can look back on them now, and they’re “of the time”, and I could make arguments for fun things in them, but they didn’t light the world on fire. Avi very much believed that is what we should do, and it was X-Men as the first that allowed him to keep pushing to do more," he added. 

Feige shared he learned about him during the X-Men production. "I got to know him very well during the production of X-Men 1. I sort of became the person on the set, in the production, that he could call and get information from and be kept in the loop. And I was happy to keep him in the loop about things and how they were going. For the most part, they were going well on that movie with that cast."

Feige shared that when they were laying the stepping stones into the MCU, they never really deemed the phase a "cinematic universe." All he knew was he and everyone at Marvel Studios want to make movies and they had low budgets as compared to the budgets of MCU movies today to bring these comic books characters to the big screen and there were many limitations. "There were so many things that we couldn’t do. Which in hindsight was great, because it forced all of us to focus on the characters and to focus on the emotion of the characters and the pathos of the characters, and the inner turmoil of what makes the X-Men great, about all of the analogies to those who are different and those who feel different or are made to feel different, which is all of us. And that’s ultimately what X-Men is about, and that is ultimately why it succeeded," he explained. 

While it is clear that X-Men helped MCU, fans are dying to see the mutants enter the MCU. Stay tuned to Pinkvilla for more updates. 

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