There has been a growing number of YouTube channels and websites that hellbent on pushing bogus Star Wars gossip for views/clicks. One of the biggest lies circulated from the group of butt-hurt fans known as the “fandom menace” is that Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige is being lined-up to replace Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy and that Kennedy is on the cusp of being fired by Disney (started in the wake of Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s release). This stems from a vocal minority online that have spun a narrative that Kennedy is the real problem behind every single hiccup with the Star Wars franchise, which for the most part comes off as misogynistic as a lot of the gripes have been cited as adding female leading characters and diversity being a priority. It comes off like the same group that have directed a lot of their ire towards actress Brie Larson and her Marvel movie Captain Marvel.
Well, Variety released an article recently commenting on the power structure of Disney’s various studios and specifically mentioned that Kevin Feige has “no ambition” to run Lucasfilm. This would debunk false fan speculation for another couple of months before it’s resurrected by sketchy online sources looking for attention.
After it was announced in 2019 that Feige would produce a “Star Wars” movie, there were rumors that he might assume more control of Lucasfilm. However, insiders say that Feige is fully committed with his Marvel duties and has no ambition to lead Lucasfilm or take more of a role. Few details have emerged about the “Star Wars” film he wants to make, and no production timeline has been set.
The bunk rumor was birthed from legit trade reports that Kevin is aiming to produce an untitled Star Wars film with screenwriter Michael Waldron (Loki, Doctor Strange 2, Rick & Morty) attached to work on a script. However, Feige was granted the new role of chief creative officer at Marvel by Disney. This essentially gave him full creative control of the company and allows him to oversee everything Marvel-related. With that in mind, it really wouldn’t make sense that he would throw that away to run another studio division that is making money and earning Emmy awards.
There have also been chatter among those same fans that Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni are looking to replace Kennedy as well. The problem with that theory is they’re way too busy producing, writing, directing and running multiple Disney+ shows to be stepping back from their current creative roles to become administrators.