Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

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Christopher Markus
Christopher Markus.jpg
Markus in 2018
Born (1970-01-02) January 2, 1970 (age 49)
Alma materRutgers University
University of California, Davis
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Years active2004–present
Claire Saunders (m. 2012)
Stephen McFeely
Stephen McFeely.jpg
McFeely in 2018
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 a duo of American screenwriter 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]

Life and career[edit]

Markus (born January 2, 1970)[2] grew up in Buffalo, New York,[3] the son of Budapest, Hungary-born physician Dr. Gabor Markus and registered nurse Rosemary Golebiewski Markus.[4] He has two siblings, sisters Jennifer and Elizabeth.[4] Markus earned a B.A. in creative writing from Rutgers University in 1991.[3] McFeely was born February 24, 1970, in Contra Costa County, California.[5][2] and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.[6] He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1991.[6] Both were aspiring novelists when they met in the graduate program for creative writing at the University of California, Davis in 1994.[7] The two "couldn't see how we could make [book] writing our full-time day job," McFeely said in 2011, and they turned to screenwriting instead.[7]

After earning their master's degrees in 1996, they moved to Los Angeles to pursue that career, working at such jobs as receptionist at movie production companies. After acquiring an agent, they became professional screenwriters in 1998 with an eventually unproduced script about a real-life Los Angeles murder.[7] Interest generated from the purchased script led HBO Films to commission them to write a biographical drama about actor Peter Sellers.[2] 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.[8] Subsequent work on The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise set them up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[9]

As of at least April 2012, Markus is married to Claire Saunders.[4]


Film credits[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Stephen Hopkins
2005 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Andrew Adamson
2007 You Kill Me John Dahl
2008 The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Andrew Adamson
2010 The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Michael Apted
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Joe Johnston
2013 Pain & Gain Michael Bay
Thor: The Dark World Alan Taylor
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Anthony and Joe Russo Also credited as "SHIELD Interrogators"
Guardians of the Galaxy James Gunn Script polish only
2016 Captain America: Civil War Anthony and Joe Russo
2018 Avengers: Infinity War Also credited as "Secretary Ross' Aide" (Stephen McFeely only)
2019 Avengers: Endgame

Television credits[edit]


  1. ^ Hunt, James (August 14, 2014). "Christopher Markus interview: writing Captain America 2 and 3". Den of Geek. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Kaufman, Anthony (June 16, 2005). "Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-20. Both 35 [as of June 16, 2005]
  3. ^ a b Hann, Christopher (Spring 2016). "Writing of the Heroic Kind". Rutgers Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  4. ^ a b c "Obituary for Gabor Markus > Obituary". Buffalo, New York: Kolando Funeral Home. April 29, 2012. Archived from the original on April 7, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2019 – via ...son Christopher Markus, a screen writer...
  5. ^ "The Birth of Stephen McFeely". California Birth Index. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Scanlon, Sean (Autumn 2011). "Getting in the game, from Peter Sellers to Captain America". Notre Dame Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  7. ^ a b c Clark, Andrew (June 27, 2011). "Alumni Profiles > Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely". UC Davis Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Wittaker, Richard (November 1, 2018). "Austin Film Festival: 10 Things We Learned From the Writers of "Infinity War"". The Austin Chronicle. Texas. Retrieved December 20, 2018.

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