While filming for Captain America: Civil War is almost done, a “civil war” has been going on within the offices of Marvel Studios. However, that may have all come to a conclusion that fans can get behind. According to the latest reports, it seem that Kevin Feige has won more control over at Marvel Studios due to some behind the scenes restructuring. Thanks to the restructuring, Feige now reports directly to Disney chief, Alan horn, rather than Ike Perlmutter, the current CEO of Marvel Studios.
You’re most likely asking yourself, “Who is Ike Perlmutter?” Aside from being the previously mentioned CEO of Marvel Studios, Perlmutter is a man who is “ultra-private, never giving interviews and rarely even allowing himself to be photographed.” Additionally, he’s “a businessman, and he’s part of the reason Marvel exists today after the financially turbulent 1990s..” that is well-known for his tight-fisted approach to any expenditures, including the amount of paper clips used in the office, and focusing on a broad range of cost cutting measures that included firing people, just to see if the company could do without them.
Ultimately, though, “…Feige is the architect of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” He likes to talk to the media and prioritizes quality over quantity. Feige is a story guy.
In the grand scheme of things, the move is a small one within such a large company. In fact, it seems that this only affects the movie side of things. The television side of Marvel Studios still falls under Perlmutter’s rule. So shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Daredevil, and the soon-to-be Jessica Jones may not get as much love.
No matter what size of the move people may think this is, this is a good news for Marvel comic book movie lovers. In regards to studios who don’t have the film’s best interest at heart, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is one of the first movie that comes to mind. This is a great example of what happens when a studio takes control over what goes in and out of a movie. Knowing that a person like Kevin Feige is getting more of a handle on things should make you feel better about the future of Marvel films.
Sadly, in today’s world, things don’t last forever. One of the many points that this move has brought up is what happens to Feige once his contract with Marvel ends? If the studio is smart, they’ll bring him back. Although, if money becomes too much of a concern, say goodbye to him, and, potentially, the future of Marvel movies. On the other hand, Feige may want to move out on his own.
As you can see, there are many “what if’s” right now. As the saying goes, only time will tell if this restructuring was good for the company and for the fans.
What do you think about the re-positioning that Marvel Studios has made? Do you think this will have a big effect on the movies as some people are predicting? Should Feige stay or go? Sound off in the comment section below.