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‘Avengers’ Screenwriters Explain How COVID-19 Has Changed Their Creative Process




Screenwriters Christopher Markus (L) and Stephen McFeely attend the Los Angeles Global Premiere for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
Screenwriters Christopher Markus (L) and Stephen McFeely attend the Los Angeles Global Premiere for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War on April 23, 2018 in Hollywood, California.
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The pandemic pushed back a lot of this year’s summer blockbusters, so it might be a while until we see another big superhero movie. In the midst of the outbreak and the entertainment industry shutting down, ‘Avengers’ screenwriters Chris Markus and Steve McFeely are trying to work on another movie.

The duo is a fixture in the Marvel franchise, writing all three ‘Captain America’ movies and the latest two ‘Avengers’ films. Like everyone else, they’re stuck at home and it hasn’t made the creative process any easier. They’re juggling three-hour Zoom calls, taking care of their young children, and managing the stress of an all-consuming pandemic.

KPCC’s John Rabe spoke with Chris Markus and Steve McFeely on how the pandemic has impacted their work and what they’re doing to adjust.

Guests:

Steve McFeely, screenwriter whose credits include “Avengers: Endgame,” “Captain America: The First Avenger” and “Captain America: Civil War

Chris Markus, screenwriter whose credits include “Avengers: Endgame,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Captain America: The First Avenger