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USC announces Kevin Feige, Producer and President of Marvel Studios, as 2023 Commencement Speaker

The producer, who brought you the Marvel franchises “Black Panther” and “Avengers,” will headline USC’s 140th commencement ceremony.

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Kevin Feige, the mastermind behind Marvel Studios and a USC School of Cinematic Arts alumnus, will give the keynote speech at USC’s 140th commencement ceremony, announced in a press release Wednesday.

Since being named president of Marvel Studios in 2007, Feige has produced several billion-dollar franchises, series and feature films, including “Black Panther,” which earned him an Academy Award nomination in 2019.

The 1995 USC graduate credits his degree and overall experience at the university for shaping him into the creative he is today.

“My USC experience played such a fundamental part in who I have become, both as a filmmaker and as a person,” Feige said in a press release. “Of course, they never have to ask me twice to come back and talk with students, but I’m honored and humbled to be asked to be the commencement speaker celebrating the 2023 graduating class as they carry their own USC experience into the world to do big things.”

The producer has made conscious efforts to give back to the Trojan family by actively serving on the Board of Councilors at the School of Cinematic Arts. He also established the Kevin Feige Endowed Fund for Creative Producing, which supports aspiring filmmakers in developing successful commercial film releases.

In his time with the studio, Feige has developed 30 film releases that have all opened No. 1 at the box office and collectively grossed more than $28 billion worldwide. The fan favorite franchise films like “Avengers: End Game” and “Avengers: Infinity War” grossed more than $2 billion each.

His success has expanded from box offices to small screens with the releases of eight streaming series on Disney+, including Emmy Award-winning favorites like “WandaVision” and “What If…?”

“He’s a creative force: an impresario who builds extraordinary teams and tells magical, diverse stories that captivate people around the world,” according to a statement from USC President Carol L. Folt. “He sat in the same seats and walked the same paths as so many of our students — and look where his adventure has taken him.”

Feige joins the company of other accomplished commencement speakers, including Allyson Felix, Karen Bass and Kamala Harris.

Feige will deliver the keynote address at the 140th commencement ceremony May 12.