Kevin Feige, the driving force behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has a long-standing history with Marvel films since some of their earliest modern day inceptions. He was a young dreamer in Hollywood serving as an intern-turned-assistant for director Richard Donner and his wife, producer Lauren Shuler Donner.
In a recent piece within the pages of Vanity Fair, which serves as a celebration for the ten year anniversary of the MCU, there is an interesting story that chronicles just how far back his influence goes and his impact on Marvel characters on the big screen.
Shuler Donner was a producer on the 2000 film X-Men, and she brought Feige along for the ride. Vanity Fairs reports the following:
One day on set, Shuler Donner and Avi Arad, then head of Marvel Studios, watched as an exasperated stylist, at Feige’s insistence, sprayed and teased actor Hugh Jackman’s hair higher and higher to create the hairstyle that would become the signature look of the character Wolverine. The stylist “eventually went ‘Fine!’ and did a ridiculous version,” Feige recalls. “If you go back and look at it,” he admits, “he’s got big-ass hair in that first movie. But that’s Wolverine!” The experience stuck with Feige. “I never liked the idea that people weren’t attempting things because of the potential for them to look silly,” he says. “Anything in a comic book has the potential to look silly. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make it look cool.”
Not only has Feige been the man behind the most successful film franchise in cinematic history, he is also the reason for one of the most iconic character’s most iconic looks. Wolverine’s hair is one of the most memorable hair styles in films and Feige’s nerdy attention to detail is the reason for it all.
Source: Vanity Fair