– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Considering the awesome twelve movies we’ve had in the Marvel Cinematic Universe canon since 2008, it may be hard to believe that there was any real conflict over at Marvel Studios. Given the fact that the studio was controlling the destiny of their own properties, it seemed like a match made in heaven. Well, not exactly. According to one source, Marvel Studios Film Chief Kevin Feige faced “years of frustration” while working under Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac Perlmutter, who is notorious for micromanaging his employees. 

Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Feige will no longer be reporting to Perlmutter, and instead will report directly to Disney studio chief Alan Horn. This came after Feige reportedly complained to Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger during the summer. 

It does seem like a more natural hierarchy. After all, Disney does have a great deal more experience at the whole filmmaking thing than the rest of Marvel Entertainment, which controls everything from the comics to the toys.

Kevin Feige (Image via Blastr)

Kevin Feige (Image via Blastr)

A Disney spokesperson said the following regarding the shake-up. 

“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.”

It’s worth noting that while Feige has shaken free of Perlmutter, the folks over at Marvel’s TV and animation division still fall under Perlmutter’s oversight. It’s not clear if this means things between TV and film will start to diverge even more so than they have already, but it’s a definite possibility.

Of course, one has to wonder if this means that business will continue forward as usual over at Marvel Studios. One of the biggest positives of Marvel Studios–at least early on–was the fact that Marvel was controlling its own properties. As such, the studio did their best to remain faithful to the spirit of the source material while adapting it to the big screen. This obviously has worked wonders for them, and now that Feige reports directly to Disney, one has to wonder if that element will be lost.

We’ll just have to wait and see. Marvel has come a long way since 2008, and it’d be foolish to think that Perlmutter was the only thing keeping the films in check. 

What do you think of this shake-up? Let us know in the comments down below!


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.