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How Marvel was inspired by The Mandalorian, according to Kevin Feige

The Mandalorian
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Marvel Phase 4 and The Mandalorian may be galaxies apart in terms of style and substance, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has recently revealed that the upcoming batch of new Marvel TV shows will be influenced by Mando’s Star Wars adventure.

“There is lots and lots of The Mandalorian that has inspired us at Marvel Studios, not the least of which is the stagecraft that we're using on some upcoming projects,” Feige said during a press conference for WandaVision (H/T ComicBook.com).

It’s unclear whether Feige means a lower-s stagecraft for ILM’s own brand of digital on-screen magic or Stagecraft, the production hub that The Mandalorian uses. The latter is complete with state-of-the-art production and special effect technology that is the envy of the industry and would certainly up Marvel’s SFX game on Disney Plus. Either way, there could be worse inspirations.

But it’s not just production tips from a galaxy far, far away that Feige – who is involved in his own Star Wars project – has been gleaning from The Mandalorian. The Mandalorian release schedule was also of particular interest to him.

On the topic of weekly releases, Feige said: “They certainly showed they can do that on Disney Plus with Mandalorian. The fun week-to-week, the discussion [...] Disney Plus I think was very smart to drop weekly.”

WandaVision, meanwhile, is all set to kick off Marvel Studio’s tentative steps into television. The first two episodes drop on January 15. Let’s hope it makes as much of a splash as a certain Baby Yoda did first time around.

Until then, check out the best shows on Disney Plus.

Bradley Russell

I'm the Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.