No doubt about it. Marvel Studios has gone through some big changes in recent years. In the middle of Phase 2, it would appear that the studio was in the middle of its “controlling” phase. It saw the departure of Patty Jenkins from Thor: The Dark World, the departure of Edgar Wright from Ant-Man, as well as a public falling out with Joss Whedon, who had been a shepherd of the MCU since The Avengers.
It would seem that creativity had been dying a slow death, with the execs and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige being the true folks in control, not the filmmakers themselves. In the time since then, they seem to have pulled back, allowing filmmakers like James Gunn and Taika Waititi go nuts in their universe. But what’s the difference here between those directors and those who came in before?
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Feige said:
“Filmmakers . . . coming in understand the notion of the shared sandbox more than the initial filmmakers did because the sandbox didn’t exist then.”
Nowadays, if you’re on board with a Marvel film, you understand your role in the process, and try to make your vision within that process. Another big likely difference that wasn’t mentioned may also have to do with Marvel themselves. With all the experience they’ve garnered, they’re likely better at actually picking filmmakers whose visions align with theirs.
So long as you find someone who’s on the same creative wavelength for the project, chances are you are more likely to let them have their way, because their way will likely be in line with yours. This may very well be why Gunn and Waititi felt like they had so much control, because Marvel Studios ultimately felt very little need to butt in.
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair