Kevin Feige Reveals One Movie He Watches Before Starting Any MCU Production

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Kevin Feige will go down in history for his influential role in shaping the MCU. As the President of Marvel Studios, Feige has been the driving force behind the MCU’s unprecedented success, overseeing its development since its inception in 2008 with ‘Iron Man.’

But even the man behind the MCU has one superhero movie he always returns to and surprisingly, it’s not a Marvel Character movie, it’s the one about DCU’s most notable and influential superhero of all time – Superman.

During the 2017 Oscar ceremony, Feige revealed that before starting any MCU production he always rewatches ‘Superman’ directed by Richard Donner released in 1978, with Christopher Reeve taking on the mantle of the Man of Steel.

The film follows Superman’s origin story from his infancy on Krypton to his heroic deeds in Metropolis. Alongside Reeve, the ensemble cast includes Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, and others. ‘Superman’ was the most expensive film made up to that point, with a budget of $55 million. The film was both a critical and financial success, earning worldwide box office earnings of $300 million, making it the second-highest-grossing release of the year. It received acclaim for Christopher Reeve’s performance and John Williams’s musical score.

It was also nominated for several Academy Awards and received a Special Achievement Award for Visual Effects. The film was groundbreaking in its use of special effects and science fiction/fantasy storytelling, setting the stage for the mainstream popularity of superhero film franchises.

Feige likewise touched upon Donner’s legacy when it comes to superhero movies, he describes the film as “to this day the archetype of the perfect superhero film origin story.”

The films Dick [Richard Donner] made inspired me to even want to go down that track. And, of course, in particular Superman the movie is still to this day the archetype of the perfect superhero film origin story. And we watch it before we make almost any one of our films and that’s been the case for the past 17 years since I left the fold to go work for Marvel.

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