Marvel Studios: Disassemble

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Some significant changes at Marvel Studios have come to light this week, and this may not be the last of them.

Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, and the man best known for helping to establish the Marvel movie franchise as we know it, used to report to Marvel CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter. However, news broke this week that, for reasons not yet entirely clear, Feige has managed to not only shrug off the apparently uncomfortable yoke of Perlmutter, but he also managed to dissolve the Marvel Creative Committee. This committee, the members of which included Marvel giants such as Joe Quesada and Brian Michael Bendis, was intended to give creative advice on Marvel projects, not only major motion pictures, but TV, video games, and other franchising.

It’s hard to be certain whether the MCC was doing more harm or good. There are reports that the MCC had some difficulties with film directors such as Joss Whedon, Edgar Wright in the recent past, but there is apparently also some evidence that Feige’s failure to account for suggestions made by the MCC led to extensive and costly re-shoots on Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. These expensive, avoidable re-shoots no doubt contributed to Disney declaring Age of Ultron a failure. Considering that, and the fact that the MCC gave us the 2008 Iron Man film with Robert Downey, Jr., it could be safe to say the good outweighed the bad.

At this point, Feige now reports to Disney’s chief, Alan Horn. And no one else.

Further reading will likely make this sound like a power move by Feige, and the tip of a big, company-shaking iceberg. But for now, we must wait to see how things shake out and what comes next.

Stay tuned, True Believers.

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