Kevin Feige, the American film producer who has been the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, was honored at the 45th annual Saturn Awards. He was recognized for the wildly successful creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). This universe has spanned over 23 films over 11 years, sharing multiple storylines and characters with fans from all over the globe.
His Acceptance Speech
Even though Feige was unable to attend, he took the time to honor someone else during his recorded speech. In a video message, the film producer said that he was humbled after accepting the Stan Lee Build award. This inaugural award is even more special because it was named after the late Marvel Comics mastermind, Stand Lee who died last November (2018). Feige paid homage to the trailblazer for jump-starting the Marvel legacy and called him a “genius” who was “enthused with humanity and kindness.”
About the Awards
Hosted by Aisha Tyler, comedian, actress and former co-host of The Talk, at the Avalon Hollywood venue in LA, the award show was simulcast on several platforms, including YouTube, Twitch, Pluto TV Sci-Fi Channel and Cinedigm’s CONtv. This is the first time that this awards show has been shown on multiple platforms simultaneously. Some of the winners of the night, included top names in the industry. Jamie Lee Curtis won for Best Actress in Halloween. Robert Downey Jr. won Best Actor for his role in Avengers: Endgame. Melissa Benoist accepted the Best Superhero Television Series on behalf of Supergirl. Westworld won the Best Science Fiction Television Series.
Who Else Was Honored?
In addition to Kevin Feige, Iron Man and Lion King director Jon Favereau and the Head of Television at Marvel Jeph Loeb were also awarded honorary awards for their achievements and contributions to the industry. Loeb received the Dan Curtis Legacy award for his work in genre television, and Favreau received the Saturn Visionary award for his accomplishments in modern cinema. During Favreau’s speech, he addressed the progression of sci-fi and fantasy genres as well as superhero films into the mainstream media. “When I was growing up, it was a small group in the lunchroom that liked that kind of stuff,” he said, discussing how much the industry has changed. Now, “horror, superheroes and sci-fi” are genres that keep the movie business afloat. Loeb spoke about his father’s influence on his creativity and career path, saying that his father, a stockbroker who he considered to be a mix between Indiana Jones and Jesse James, had “colorful stories of his workday” which inspired him to become a storyteller.
Avengers: Endgame Proves to Be a Winner
Feige’s custom award came at the right time. The much-anticipated sequel, the Avengers: Endgame broke records as the first film to pass $1 billion on an international level on opening weekend. The summer movie grossed $350 million in the U.S. and Canada and went on to excite moviegoers around the world. As the latest phase of the franchise, it has racked in many awards, including best comic-to-motion picture release.