Ever Since Iron Man was released in 2008, Marvel Studios has operated as part of Marvel Entertainment group. Well it seems as though Marvel Studios has broken off from Marvel Entertainment and now report directly to Disney.
A Disney spokesperson explained that: “Marvel Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm in centralizing many of its film-related functions in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and co-president Louis D’Esposito continuing to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.”
Ike Perlmutter CEO of Marvel Entertainment had apparently been annoying Kevin Feige for some time. It was Perlmutter who fired Terrence Howard from Iron Man 2 after a disputed pay increase. Furthermore Perlmutter also fought against a new contract change for Robert Downey Jr, designed to increase his presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe along with the upcoming Captain America Civil War.
It’s unclear what this move will mean for the Cinematic Universe as a whole, and what changes may occur. It’s unlikely to change much though because I’m sure Feige will make sure of that.
Marvel Studios’ next film Captain America Civil War, is out on 29th April Next year
In related news, images from the footage of the Captain America: Civil War trailer from D23 Expohave appeared online featuring Crossbones, Black Panther, Iron Man, Ant-man, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and more… Check them out below.