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Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
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Markus and McFeely in 2019
(1970-01-02) January 2, 1970 (age 49)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
(1969-11-12) November 12, 1969 (age 50)
Contra Costa County, California, U.S.
Alma materMarkus: Rutgers University
McFeely: University of Notre Dame
Both: University of California, Davis
  • Screenwriters
  • producers
Years active2004-present
Notable work
Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Infinity War
Captain America: Civil War
The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Captain America:
The Winter Soldier

Thor: The Dark World
The Chronicles of Narnia:
Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia:
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Captain America:
The First Avenger

Agent Carter
Claire Saunders (m. 2012)

Christopher Markus (born January 2, 1970) and Stephen McFeely (born November 12, 1969) are a duo of American screenwriters and producers. McFeely and Markus were the second and the third most successful screenwriters of all time in terms of U.S. box office receipts with a shared total gross of over $3.1 billion.[1] However, in overall, they are the highest grossing screenwriters altogether in terms of worldwide box office with the total gross of $9.3 billion.[2][3]

They gained worldwide recognition for their works that include The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise and especially, the mega-shared universe franchise 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,[4] which is currently the highest-grossing film of all time unadjusted for inflation. They also created ABC's Agent Carter TV series, set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Life and career

Christopher Markus

Markus was born on January 2, 1970,[5] in Buffalo, New York.[6] He is the son of Budapest, Hungary-born physician Dr. Gabor Markus and registered nurse Rosemary Golebiewski Markus.[7] He has two siblings, sisters Jennifer and Elizabeth.[7] Markus earned a B.A. in creative writing from Rutgers University in 1991.[6]

Stephen McFeely

McFeely was born on November 12, 1969, in Contra Costa County, California,[8][5] and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.[9] He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in 1991.[9]


They both met on the graduate program for creative writing at the University of California, Davis in 1994 and they were aspired to become novelists.[10] 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.[10] 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.[10] Interest generated from the purchased script led HBO Films to commission them to write a biographical drama about actor Peter Sellers.[5] 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.[11] Subsequent work on The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise set them up for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[12]

As of at least April 2012, Markus is married to Claire Saunders.[7]


Film credits

Markus and McFeely on the writers' Avengers: Endgame panel at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.

Television credits


  1. ^ "Box Office Mojo - People Index". Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Stephen McFeely". Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Christopher Markus". Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ Hunt, James (August 14, 2014). "Christopher Markus interview: writing Captain America 2 and 3". Den of Geek. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Kaufman, Anthony (June 16, 2005). "Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely". Variety. Retrieved . Both 35 [as of June 16, 2005]
  6. ^ a b Hann, Christopher (Spring 2016). "Writing of the Heroic Kind". Rutgers Magazine. Retrieved .
  7. ^ 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 2019 – via ...son Christopher Markus, a screen writer...
  8. ^ "The Birth of Stephen McFeely". California Birth Index. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ a b Scanlon, Sean (Autumn 2011). "Getting in the game, from Peter Sellers to Captain America". Notre Dame Magazine. Retrieved .
  10. ^ a b c Clark, Andrew (June 27, 2011). "Alumni Profiles > Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely". UC Davis Magazine. Retrieved .
  11. ^ 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 .
  12. ^ Wittaker, Richard (November 1, 2018). "Austin Film Festival: 10 Things We Learned From the Writers of "Infinity War"". The Austin Chronicle. Texas. Retrieved 2018.

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