Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, first realized that "Black Panther" was more than just movie when the trailer debuted at Cinemacon last year to tears and cheers. It suddenly dawned on him that "we were doing something that people had been waiting their entire lives to see," says Feige, who always looked up to onscreen heroes such as Luke Skywalker. "That was something that a white male that grew up in the United States can take for granted....
Feige is the driving force behind several billion-dollar superhero franchises (“Captain America,” “Iron Man,” “The Avengers”) and an unprecedented number of blockbuster feature films, all connected to create the Marvel Cinematic Universe (now part of Disney).
As producer and president of Marvel Studios, he’s very hands-on and oversees feature film productions, all of which have opened No. 1 at the box office. Since producing the 2016 hits “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange,” and 2017 smash “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” he is overseeing the highly anticipated films “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel.”
The USC grad first worked for Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner’s Warner Bros.–based production company on the action-adventure “Volcano” and the hit romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail.” Feige earned his first producer credit on “X-Men,” a film considered to have revitalized the comic-book genre. He joined Marvel in 2000 and served as executive producer on the second and third “Spider-Man” films, which took in combined worldwide box office receipts of well over $1.6 billion.