In recent years, Marvel went from being a comic book publishing house to one of the biggest and highest-earning movie studios in the world. Since first self-financing and released the first Iron Man movie under the Marvel Studios banner in 2008, the company has made a complete shift in its direction and overall popularity.
But as the studio continues to grow, so have the alleged tensions between Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige, and Marvel Entertainment CEO, Isaac Perlmutter.
Since becoming the President of Production in 2007, and seeing the studios acquisition by Disney for $4 billion in 2009, Feige is considered an integral factor in the widespread commercial and critical success of the films, maybe the most integral factor.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, who released the news, after "several years of frustration," Kevin Feige talked to Disney CEO Bob Iger and aired his complaints about working under Perlmutter.
The two decided it would be best for both companies to circumvent Perlmutter, who is known for his "frugality and secrecy," and instead have Feige answer directly to the head of Disney Studios, Alan Horn.
In a statement to THR, a Marvel representative said the following in regards to the shift:
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.
Finally taking charge of his corner of the massive Disney empire, which also includes Pixar Animation and Lucasfilm, Kevin Feige will hopefully be able to use this restructuring to further the reign of Marvel Studios.
Marvel Phase 3, I can't wait to see what you have in store for us.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)