Back when the battle between Disney and Sony over Spider-Man was emerging in the press, Sony kept mentioning Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige’s busy schedule. Between masterminding the ongoing Phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its Disney+ TV shows, Sony made it seem as though he would be unable to accommodate a third Spider-Man film into his calendar — making Disney’s financial demands all the more absurd. It seems their may have been some truth to the odd claim as Feige will be adding a non-Marvel project to his portfolio: a Star Wars film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Feige and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy are working out the details of a Star Wars project he will develop. “Kathy is pursuing a new era in Star Wars storytelling, and knowing what a die-hard fan Kevin is, it made sense for these two extraordinary producers to work on a Star Wars film together,” Walt Disney Studios co-chairman Alan Horn told the site.
The project apparently grew out of conversation Kennedy and Feige had with Horn and fellow studio chairman Alan Bergman in “late summer.” The project may be some sort of consolation prize for Disney’s failure to hold onto Spider-Man, but it may also be the beginning of Feige shepherding more aspects of the studio. THR suggests it may led to him taking over Kennedy’s position at Lucasfilm, but we wonder if Horn and Bergman have something else in mind.
But as this is all very new, the Feige Star Wars film will have to wait in line behind a film series spearheaded by Game of Thrones executive producer David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and the film trilogy being developed by Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson. Of course, as it is being characterized as one film, Feige may cut in line.
In the meantime, though, the MCU carries on with Black Widow and The Eternals set for release next year.