It was 70 years ago this month that Captain America, the greatest of all the patriotic-themed superheroes, first hit newsstands with a red, white and blue shield gripped in his gloved hand. He also gets his own feature film this summer, “Captain America: The First Avenger,” and to mark the moment, we’ll be talking to writers, artists, actors, directors and musicians about the star-spangled icon’s legacy and future. Today: Kevin Feige.
Over the last five years, no one has pondered every corner and contour of Marvel universe more than Kevin Feige — as president of Marvel Studios it’s his mission to bring Marvel’s heroes, villains, aliens, gods and monsters to the screen with their core characteristics intact and their true Hollywood potential tapped. More than that, Feige is the architect of a bold plan to link the movies in their mythology, cast members and continuity to an unprecedented degree, making it all the more important that he correctly identify the spirit of each character to keep track of the chess pieces in this cosmic game that will be played across different film franchises.
Of all the iconic characters that Feige has at his fingertips, he said, there’s none that means more to him on a personal level than Captain America.
“Throughout my entire life, Cap has represented many things — not only does he stand for strong ideals in the pursuit of humanity and a moral compass, but when you take off the costume and look at Steve Rogers, he is just like all of us. He struggles to maintain a moral code in a world that is constantly changing and challenging who we are as people.”
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