Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

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Christopher Markus
Christopher Markus.jpg
Markus at the 2018 Austin Film Festival
Born (1970-01-02) January 2, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materRutgers University
University of California, Davis
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Years active2004–present
Stephen McFeely
Stephen McFeely.jpg
McFeely at the 2018 Austin Film Festival
Born (1969-11-12) November 12, 1969 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Notre Dame
University of California, Davis
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Years active2004–present

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are American screenwriters and producers. They are known for their work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, having written the three Captain America films (The First Avenger, The Winter Soldier and Civil War), Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and created ABC's Agent Carter TV series. They are also the screenwriters of The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise.[1]

Markus grew up in Buffalo, New York.[2] He earned a B.A. in creative writing from Rutgers University in 1991.[3] McFeely grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.[4] He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1991.[5] Both were aspiring novelists when they met in the graduate program for creative writing at the University of California, Davis in 1994.[6] According to Andrew Clark of UC Davis Magazine, "they quickly came to the conclusion that their novelists' dreams were unrealistic. 'We couldn't see how we could make [book] writing our full-time day job,' McFeely said. Their new goal? Writing for Hollywood."[7]

After earning their master's degrees in 1996, "the friends drove to Los Angeles to begin working their way up the entertainment ladder. They each took jobs in the business, including answering phones at production companies. Through networking, they managed to get an agent and ultimately earned their first paying job in 1998, writing a script about a real-life Los Angeles murder. The movie was never made, but the job marked a turning point for Markus and McFeely's screenwriting careers."[8] Buzz from the purchased script led HBO Films to commission them to write a biopic of Peter Sellers.[9] For The Life and Death of Peter Sellers in 2004, they won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special.[10] Subsequent work on The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise set them up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Film credits[edit]

Year Title
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
2007 You Kill Me
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger
2013 Pain & Gain
Thor: The Dark World
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Guardians of the Galaxy (script polish only)
2016 Captain America: Civil War
2018 Avengers: Infinity War
2019 Avengers: Endgame[12]

Television credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hunt, James (August 14, 2014). "Christopher Markus interview: writing Captain America 2 and 3". Den of Geek. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Hann, Christopher (Spring 2016). "Writing of the Heroic Kind". Rutgers Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  3. ^ Hann, Christopher (Spring 2016). "Writing of the Heroic Kind". Rutgers Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  4. ^ Scanlon, Sean (Autumn 2011). "Getting in the game, from Peter Sellers to Captain America". Notre Dame Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ Scanlon, Sean (Autumn 2011). "Getting in the game, from Peter Sellers to Captain America". Notre Dame Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  6. ^ Clark, Andrew (June 27, 2011). "Alumni Profiles". UC Davis Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  7. ^ Clark, Andrew (June 27, 2011). "Alumni Profiles". UC Davis Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  8. ^ Clark, Andrew (June 27, 2011). "Alumni Profiles". UC Davis Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  9. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (June 16, 2005). "Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  10. ^ 57th Emmy Awards (September 18, 2005). "Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely Accept The Emmy For Writing For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Dramatic Special". Television Academy. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  11. ^ Wittaker, Richard (November 1, 2018). "Austin Film Festival: 10 Things We Learned From the Writers of "Infinity War"". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Strom, Marc. "Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely to Write Marvel's 2-Part 'Avengers: Infinity War' Event". Marvel. Retrieved June 29, 2015.

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