According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios, the film branch of the company headed by Kevin Feige, has been restructured so as to report directly to the Disney studio chief Alan Horn instead of the Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter.
On one hand this seems like a good idea. Kevin Feige has been heavily involved in every Marvel-created movie since the first Iron Man, and it’s easy to see that those decision have paid off. The Marvel movies are, generally speaking, runaway successes. Some, like Ant-Man, haven’t performed as well as might have been hoped. While others, Guardians of the Galaxy for example, far exceeded expectations. I think a lot of credit has to go to Kevin for the direction he’s taken the company.
With that said there is one piece of the article that gave me a moment of worry. Marvel’s TV division, headed by Jeph Loeb, is not included in this restructuring. Up until now one of my favorite things about Marvel, though admittedly less important in the grand scheme of things, is that their film and television endeavors were explicitly connected. The world on display every week on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the same world that is being saved in Captain America: Civil War.
It’s one of my biggest gripes about the DC/Warner Bros. film efforts: despite the success of Arrow and Flash on television, they are determined to build their films that are completely separate from the television properties, to the point that they’ll have a TV Flash and a movie Flash played by completely different actors, and supposedly the film branch began interfering in the TV plans for certain characters because they had been earmarked for use in films already.
So that’s my biggest fear at this point. I have loved that the Marvel films and television shows were tightly coupled together. Now I worry about what might happen since, from a corporate standpoint, the two endeavors report to completely different people. Hopefully nothing changes in regards to how they work together, but the potential is there so I can’t help but worry about it a little.
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