Derek Kolstad, writer for Falcon & Winter Soldier, has revealed how Marvel works behind the scenes, introducing the Marvel Parliament.
Writer Derek Kolstad, part of the writers room at Hawk and winter soldier, has revealed some of the secrets of the “Parliament” that manages the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The success of the MCU led all studios to try to imitate Marvel’s formula, launching their own shared universes. Not all were sensible: Sony Robin Hood The cinematic universe was a silly idea that never came to fruition, but none have matched Marvel’s.
A decade later, the MCU has become incredibly complex. 23 movies have been released to date, and the franchise is also expanding to a number of live-action television shows on Disney +. The number of characters and concepts at stake is increasing at an exponential rate, and it doesn’t help that stories jump up the timeline with impunity; the next Black widow the movie is set earlier Avengers: Infinity War, Eternalreportedly spans millions of years, and both WandaVision Y Hawk and winter soldier have explored the consequences of Avengers Endgame. This really is not easy to organize and orchestrate.
In an interview with Collider, Kolstad has revealed how Marvel handled the scripts for Hawk and winter soldier. Kolstad explained that he sends his scripts to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and sometimes finds the experience quite intimidating, because he gets about 15 pages of notes. These would not originate just from Feige, but from a group called Parliament. “It’s probably 12-15 people, and all your notes are compiledKolstad observed. Adding:
And by the way, the good thing about his grades, to the assistant’s credit, there was nothing in those grades that was repetitive or conflicting. And if it was conflicting, it would be like, ‘Okay, these are mixed notes.’ And you’re like, ‘Oh, thank goodness. I think they referred to the heads of Marvel as Parliament. There are 15 of them or whatever [who] They meet at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day, so were their notes. But for the most part, man, you loved finally having an eraser. They’re like, ‘Hey, great job, it’s going to production, a lot of that is going to change,’ and you’re like, ‘Yep, good luck, man!’
This is the first time the Marvel Parliament has been mentioned. Years ago, Marvel Studios was overseen by the Marvel Creative Committee, but unfortunately things did not work out. Disney forced a corporate restructuring in 2015, pulling Marvel Studios out of the larger Marvel Entertainment group and putting Kevin Feige in charge. It seems like the MCU has now expanded to the point where much more oversight is required, but it’s worth noting that Kolstad describes a much healthier work environment than anything seen in the old Creative Committee. It seems that the modern Parliament of Marvel Studios focuses on the positives and avoids overloading the writers by compiling their notes; They even seem to draw attention to where they hold different opinions, so that the writers don’t feel pressured by conflicting ideas.
Organizationally, it seems like Marvel Studios has evolved into a fascinating new form. But it’s worth noting that evolution isn’t over, because Marvel recently announced a Story Manager to help manage continuity and ensure character journeys are consistent. Hopefully, it won’t be long before insiders reveal a little more about how MCU it’s being run, and viewers know who sits in Parliament.
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