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Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

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]

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 49)
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
Known forAvengers: 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)

Their best known works 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 careerEdit

Christopher MarkusEdit

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 McFeelyEdit

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 creditsEdit

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

Television creditsEdit


  1. ^ "Box Office Mojo - People Index". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Stephen McFeely". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Christopher Markus". Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  4. ^ Hunt, James (August 14, 2014). "Christopher Markus interview: writing Captain America 2 and 3". Den of Geek. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Kaufman, Anthony (June 16, 2005). "Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely". Variety. Retrieved 2018-12-20. Both 35 [as of June 16, 2005]
  6. ^ a b Hann, Christopher (Spring 2016). "Writing of the Heroic Kind". Rutgers Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  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 April 7, 2019 – via ...son Christopher Markus, a screen writer...
  8. ^ "The Birth of Stephen McFeely". California Birth Index. Retrieved April 7, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Scanlon, Sean (Autumn 2011). "Getting in the game, from Peter Sellers to Captain America". Notre Dame Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  10. ^ a b c Clark, Andrew (June 27, 2011). "Alumni Profiles > Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely". UC Davis Magazine. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
  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 2018-12-20.
  12. ^ 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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