Star Wars is known for being an influential movie – it’s not the most influential movie of all time, but it has certainly inspired countless film series. One series in particular that Star Wars has inspired is the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and here’s how.

Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige is a HUGE Star Wars fan. And he cites a particular series of Star Wars role playing books as being a BIG influence on shaping the MCU.

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This particular series of Star Wars books was produced by West End Games during the late 1980s. This is a period of time when the Star Wars Universe was fairly dormant.

Yet despite a lack of new Star Wars films, those books fired up Feige’s mind and had a notable effect on him while growing up.

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In 2018, Feige took part in an interview with The Star Wars Show, where he spoke about the Star Wars/MCU connection.

Feige, said:

“One of the great things about Star Wars and one of the things I think is great about the Marvel characters from the comics and what we try to emulate in the movies is, if you’re the kind of person that wants to go and see (the movie) the opening weekend our job is to make sure you have a great time. If you want to see it a second time, our job is to make sure there’s more there. Third time, fourth, fifth time? There’s still more there.

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“And even the deeper you go, there’ll be things to reward, and I learned that directly from Star Wars and from those West End source books.

So there you have it.

The MCU would have existed without Star Wars, but the iconic franchise and its sprawling universe certainly played its part. The extended material got inside Feige’s head and helped guide him when he came to creating the MCU.

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