Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Storyline & Casting: How Kevin Feige Plans to Destroy Dc’s Multiverse

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Kevin Feige, an American film and television producer, has become the president of Marvel Studios and the principal developer and producer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brand since 2007. He was born on June 2, 1973. He has a total global box office gross of almost $26.8 billion from the movies he has produced. 

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Zack Snyder’s Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, released in 2016, helped pave the way for Captain America: Civil War. Trying to pit two superheroes against each other was a novel concept before Snyder’s attempt. Also, with the audience’s evolving preferences, Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo revealed to THR that there was a huge need to change up the text. Following WB’s BvS announcement, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige gave the project his OK.

While DC’s Batman Vs Superman received mixed reviews upon its release, it was the start of the DC Extended Universe. MCU’s Civil War, but on the other hand, was released a few months later to excellent reviews and sparked a worldwide #TeamCap vs #TeamIronMan controversy. What occurred with both brands in the years that followed is Hollywood history, and it has now devolved into a cinematic Multiverse conflict.

DC’s Multiverse

During the year 2020, much is said about the MCU’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, including rumoured cameos, the possibility of multiple realms, and various versions of our favourite superheroes, among other things. All of these aspects come together to deliver a massive box office hit for Marvel Studios as well as a superhero extravaganza for the viewers. 

DC has also hopped on the Multiverse bandwagon. WB has made far too many announcements in a short period. As fans are suffering from superhero fatigue, the studios are hard at work laying the groundwork for the Multiverse. At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel revealed the Multiverse. DC then followed up with the DC FanDome, a once-in-a-lifetime event. Because of its Multiverse, DC established a simple rule: all superheroes exist at the same time but on separate Earths.

It is presently casting characters from all corners of its universe for The Flash 2022 film following the rule. The film is based on the Flashpoint event, and Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck reprise their roles as Batman in the film. Also, there are rumours that Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot, as well as Cyborg actor Ray Fisher, are all in talks with Warner Bros. to reprise their roles.

Inside an ideal world, Zack Snyder would have started his theatrical cut of Justice League with a peek of Flash’s quantum abilities. Fans will get a preview of it in his upcoming Snyder Cut on HBO Max, as luck would have it. Regardless, filmmaker Andrés Muschietti is bringing Ezra Miller’s Flash to the Multiverse. 

Kevin Feige’s Plans for the Multiverse

While DC appears to be on top with its Multiverse action, Marvel isn’t far behind. Throughout SDCC Comic-Con 2019, Kevin Feige, the company’s COO, introduced a slew of new cast members. Doctor Strange, the MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme, will lead the viewers into the Multiverse inside the sequel film.

But first, Scarlett Witch will give viewers a taste of mystical reality in the Disney+ WandaVision series, which will wrap around the MCU’s corners. During the first 24 hours well after the publication, the Disney+ series teaser received more than 50 million views. In comparison, the DC FanDome event received 22 million views in the same period. While fans are ecstatic to see MCU content again after such a long hiatus, one can only picture how things will be when it arrives later this year. 

Is a Marvel-DC crossover in the works? Kevin Feige has some thoughts on the subject-

Although the two comic book titans have worked on several occasions in print, they have yet to do it in film. Kevin Feige has some thoughts on the probability of that happening.

For lovers of the superhero genre, seeing a cinematic universe wherein Marvel and DC heroes coexist would be nothing short of a festival, and this may happen soon. Kevin Feige, the CEO of Marvel Studios, lately spoke out regarding a possible film crossover between Marvel and DC. Although the two comic book titans have worked on several occasions in print, they have yet to do it in film. 

Comicbook.com posed the same question to Feige. He said that “never say never” is his normal response to most situations. He never assumed they would get this far. James (Gunn) hasn’t mentioned anything because he’s working on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is set to start production before the end of the year. After completing or selling The Suicide Squad, he is halfway into the planning stages for Guardians 3.

This crossover has been done before in comic books. For example, in 1996, DC vs. Marvel was released as a comic book series. It pitted each company’s biggest superheroes against the rough equivalent of the other. Surprisingly, the outcome was decided by a fan vote. Since the majority of fans opted for Superman, he defeated the Hulk.

From September 2003 until March 2004, a limited series known as JLA/Avengers aired. The Grandmaster (yep, the same character played by Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarök) and Krona, a universe-destroying DC character who can be considered Grandmaster’s DC analogue, pitted all superheroes of Justice League of America and Avengers against one other.

Amalgam Comics is a specialized imprint that, as the name implies, brings characters from two different realms together. So many comic-book nerd’s dreams are to see Justice League and Avengers merged into a single cinematic universe. Of all, the major question remains whether it would truly happen. 

Kevin Feige might be the one to bring the Marvel Universe to its knees

Ike Perlmutter is still in charge of Marvel’s publishing operations, so don’t expect major price or format changes. Feige, on either hand, have the last word on what is contained within the volumes. What are the possibilities that Feige decides to scrap the present Marvel continuity, which has suffered from constant status-quo-changing relaunches with the need to maintain most characters in their mid-twenties while writing stories about them for decades? Most Marvel fans who grew up reading stories set in the universe created by Stan and Jack would’ve been horrified at the prospect. 

In contrast to comic books, Marvel’s film universe has several advantages. For starters, instead of competing, they complement each other. 5 Avengers films aren’t released in the same month very often. Each film aids in the promotion of the next, yet they are released in such a way that their ticket sales do not overlap. Could Kevin Feige announce that rather than 7 – 8 monthly X-Men comics, there will be just one?

Another advantage of the Marvel films over the comics is that they truly depict time. Characters like Captain America and Iron Man move aside upon completing their run for some other characters to make their mark. 

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