After reported “years of frustration,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will now report directly to Disney Studio Chief Alan Horn instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios often fell under the scrutinized thumb of Perlmutter, who is supposedly infamous for his extreme frugality, but this change will now see the highly profitable studio doing more under the arm of Walt Disney Studios.
“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,” said a spokesperson from Disney.
Largely credited with overseeing a slate of over twelve films that have grossed billions of dollars, Feige reportedly vented his unhappiness to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger, leading to the reorganization, which took effect last week. This move will allow Feige more creative freedom and support as Marvel moves into its Phase Three slate of films, which will include Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2, and Inhumans.
While the film division reports to Disney now, the company’s Television department led by Jeph Loeb, will still remain under Perlmutter’s oversight, along with the animation, game, and publishing operations.
Source– The Hollywood Reporter