This week has seen many changes for Marvel Studios. However, the majority of these changes seem to stem from directors and screen writers wanting more creative control. Earlier this week it was reported by the Hollywood Reporter that Marvel Entertainmetnt CEO Ike Perlmutter has been cut out of the equation. Apparently, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has face "years of frustration" at the hands of Perlmutter, who was known for his micromanaging habits. The Hollywood Reporter claims that Feige is largely responsible for the huge reorganization of the film company. Feige has been venting his anger over his old boss to Disney executive for several years, however, the changes were placed into effect last week. Feige will now directly report to Disney studio chief Alan Horn. New information has also come to light lately, which indicates huge changes going forward for the movie giant.
The Creative Team Has Been Disbanded
It appears another source of Feige's frustration comes from the creative team he was a part of. The team consisted of Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter, Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine, Marvel Comic Publisher Dan Buckley, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, and comic writer Brian Michael Bendis. The Creative Commitee was responsible for giving the "Go Ahead" or the "No Way, Jose" over many aspects of the fim making process. The team was ultimately responsible for former Ant-Man director Edgar Wright leaving the film. It's uncertain how these changes will effect the TV side of the studio as Perlmutter still heads that section.
We've heard time and time again that directors and writers hate working for Marvel Studios because ultimately they don't have much control over their creative work. However, these changes seem to indicate that Kevin Feige plans on giving the people responsible for the movies more wiggle room to create amazing movies. As the studio moves into phase three, the movies will now be helmed by Feige and Executive Producers Louis D'Esposito and Victoria Alonso. Without this huge team overlooking so many aspects of the process, it seems like we'll be seeing a lot of changing, especially one change that should excite most fans.
More Female Centric Movies and Merchandise
According to several sources, and the now infamous Sony Email Hack, it appears that Ike Perlmutter was largely responsible for the lack of merchandise featuring female characters. On several occasions, Perlmutter vetoed merchandise with female characters. He has a background in the toy industry and claimed that having too many female toys would decrease sales, however, as fans are acutely aware times are a-changing. Many moviegoers, both adults and children, have been desperately asking for toys for Black Widow and Scarlet Witch, both of whom are nearly always missing from lunch boxes, t-shirts, and backpacks.
Another bright side of the changes is that of the three people helming the future of Marvel Studios, one of them is Victoria Alonso. For many fans it's exciting to see a woman have so much influence in an studio that has been lacking in an abundance of female characters. The future of Marvel Studios is looking bright, with the power of creativity away from a committee and into the hands of the film makers.