Kevin Feige And Marvel Studios Will Report To Disney


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Via The Hollywood Reporter, we have news of a major shake-up in the film industry.  Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios will now report directly to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan F. Horn.  For years, Feige has vented his frustrations in dealing with Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter.  Sources say that one of Feige’s complaints, which is not exaggerated and confirmed by others, is that Perlmutter is very tight with cash and micromanages everything.

Regarding the transition, a Disney spokesperson released this statement to THR:

"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"

Kevin Feige — a man who has been given the informal title of Godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — is responsible for not only reviving Marvel, but making it a powerhouse among film studios.  Films overseen by Feige have grossed over $7 billion.  Yep, I would say that’s beyond bringing Marvel back to life.  In the same sense of how Dr. Abraham Erskine helped the emaciated Steve Rogers become a super-soldier, Feige basically gave Marvel a shot of blockbuster-serum.

The stories of Perlumutter’s penny-pinching ways verge on the ridiculous.  In a 2014 THR feature, they reported that the CEO attended the premiere of Iron Man (2008) in disguise and complained that the journalists at a press junket were allowed two sodas instead of one.  Wow, I knew executives were worried about the bottom line, but this is completely ridiculous.

I think we should all congratulate Mr. Feige for the well-deserved promotion.  This can only mean even better future films for fans.

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