Feige Explains Exactly How Important Disney Buying Marvel Was to the MCU

Kevin Feige is a big Disney fan, and with good reason.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter's Awards Chatter podcast, Feige said that Disney's purchase was "the greatest thing that ever happened to us." While Feige enjoyed his time with Paramount, Disney provided Marvel Studios and Feige with more freedom and allowed him to take the stories in the direction he wanted them to go.

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Feige also leveled praised on Alan Horn, Disney's studio chief, who helped Feige get Black Panther and Captain Marvel into theaters, despite facing resistance from others within the organization.

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Finally, Feige discussed how humbled he was by the success of Avengers: Endgame and the reception the MCU has received so far. "To meet those expectations, and exceed them in many cases? I'm still processing it, to be honest with you," he said. "Because for five years, our goal and our superstition was delivering on the promise of a finale in a way that wasn't expected, in a way that people weren't anticipating. And seeing audiences around the world respond to these characters that we've lived with for 10-plus years, they've lived with for 10-plus years, was a really remarkably emotional experience."

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film is now available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD.

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