We’ve known for a while that under Kevin Feige he has what is called the Marvel Studios Parliament. The group of producers who make all the decisions regarding the MCU and actually produce the various movies and shows. In a recent interview with Murphy’s Multiverse, one of the Marvel Studios Parliament members, producer Jonathan Schwartz, explains who each producer gets assigned to a project. Schwartz was the producer on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which released last week.
“It’s not really a genre thing or a speciality thing. We all sort of go off together and talk about who wants to do what and what’s coming up, and we all kind of end up working on stuff we’re excited about. I just like martial arts movies. Shang-Chi felt like the right character to bring a martial arts movie to life, and so that was that I put my hand up and said I wanted to do Shang-Chi. That’s more or less the way it tends to happen. There’s a character we all want to do, or there’s a character one of us one of us wants to do, and we just talk about it and divide it up and things generally work out where people get to work on things they’re excited about.”
“There definitely is a camaraderie for a lot of us who have been around for a long time just throwing ideas back and forth […] It’s great when you have people who have been through the process, and who you trust, and whose creative taste you trust, and everyone’s taste is different, and that’s part of what’s really useful about it. Not all of us see movies the same way, so we’re all able to bring something a little bit different.”
This system is unique to Marvel Studios, but so far has proved to be very effective for them. Feige has this trusted group of producers working for him that he knows are passionate about the projects they choose.
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