James McAvoy on the 4 X-Men films he was in.
It was one of the most positive experiences I've had with a studio. I don't really [see them as just] money gigs. Days of Future Past I think is one of the better films that I've been involved in. My biggest criticism of what we did throughout the four movies was that after the first movie, we didn't take advantage of the relationship between [Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto], which really formed the backbone of the first film. So it was like, why did we just eject that massive weapon?”
Source - https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/culture/article/james-mcavoy-interview-2022
Unrelated - MCU Producer Nate Moore Recently On Writing
For me, one thing I think is interesting [about Marvel’s process], and specifically for writers, I would say, a lot of times we’re pitched writers who love Marvel. And to me, that’s always a red flag. Because I go, ‘Oh, I don’t want you to already have a preexisting idea of what it is, because you grew up with Issue 15 and that’s what you want to recreate…’ I want somebody who’s hard on the material, who goes, ‘What is this? I think there’s a movie here, but maybe we should be looking at it in this way.
And I think, again, the best example of that for me was Markus and McFeely, who weren’t comic guys coming up, but were like, ‘Wait, Captain America, this seems a bit weird. What if we kinda looked at it in this way?’ And they weren’t married to anything, nothing was, you know, there was nothing sacrosanct.
And I think that’s important to be able to go, ‘Look, the source material is great, and I love it, and comics work great in the medium they were built in, but that’s not a direct, one-to-one translation to the best version of the movie.’ And sometimes it takes someone who’s out of this culture to go, ‘Hey, I know you think it should be this, but maybe it should be this other thing.
Source - The Town With Matthew Belloni Podcast on Spotify
I thought this was an interesting take for multiple reasons. I've seen fans on multiple platforms ask where they can go to attempt and write for film or TV. That's one. Secondly, many MCU writers have said they were fans of the comics and some have said that they weren't.
The part that stands out is that Nate prefers a critical take on the comics and believes that some Marvel comic fans might not be critical enough because of their love for it.
The other part that stands out is that i've found myself saying something similar in regards to the writing duo Markus & McFeely. Along with Favreau, Feige, and Whedon, that duo is responsible for the foundation of the MCU in Phase 1.
I don't think there are any others that can be credited more for the foundation of the MCU more than those 4 entities listed.
Just saw an attempt at counting screen time for MCU characters.