During an interview with film critic Leonard Maltin for his Maltin on Movies podcast, Feige revealed that he was given a bit part as a Weapon X technician who serves a crucial function in the creation of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.
As he told Maltin, “I was a Weapon X tech guy pulling Wolverine’s claws out of the oven.” If you’re now thinking about going back to spot the future architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, lower your expectations, because you’re not going to see much: The role ended up “on the cutting room floor.” But even if it hadn’t, you wouldn’t have been able to spot Feige — and not just because he wasn’t sporting his omnipresent baseball cap. “[I] had a hood and mask … gloves. Every inch of me was covered.”
While Feige’s acting career didn’t take off, his presence on set as Donner’s assistant caught the eye of then-Marvel Entertainment chief Avi Arad. Impressed by his considerable comic book expertise, Arad poached Feige from Donner and installed him as his company’s number two. And when Arad resigned his post after a skirmish with COO David Maisel in 2006, the door was left open for Feige to seize the Marvel reins, which he did in 2007.
Now, thanks to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox (which has since been rebranded to 20th Century Studios), Feige controls the film rights to the X-Men. Perhaps he’ll give himself a cameo role in the inevitable new movie, just to bring everything full circle.