This week marked big changes for Marvel Studios. Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter lost his power over the superhero studio that has grossed over $7 billion dollars in seven years, leaving Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to report to Disney Head Of Live-Action Movies Alan Horn. Perlmutter will retain oversight on Marvel Television, but the restructuring meant that Kevin Feige would have more control over budgets, casting, etc when it comes to everything Marvel Studios. It’s not clear what this could mean for the overall shared universe with the films being connected with TV. But I’ve heard that there isn’t much of a connection between the two parties at all. But that is besides the point.
Now it appears that the shake-up isn’t over yet, and this could be a big one. There are two reports coming out saying that Marvel’s Creative Committee – their version of the Pixar Brain Trust – will now dissolve. More on this story below.
Heroic Hollywood exclusively broke the news last night while on Periscope, with Birth Death Movies confirming that the creative committee was no more.
For those who may not know who or what the Marvel Creative Committee is, it is a group of people – those who worked closely with Marvel Studios – who gave notes on upcoming projects from script to screen. Among the names who worked on this Committee are Alan Fine, the President of Marvel Entertainment; Brian Michael Bendis, a Marvel Comics writer; Dan Buckley, publisher of Marvel Comics; and Joe Quesada, former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and the current Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Enterprises. As aforementioned, this is Marvel’s version of the Pixar Brain Trust.
But just because Marvel’s Creative Committee tried to model themselves like Pixar’s Brain Trust doesn’t mean they are exactly like them. For instance, the report says that the creative committee gave “pedestrian” notes, and were motivated by “save the cat” narratives. A source told BDM that “the Creative Committee where they focused on details of nit-picky science that ignored the general tone of the script itself.” They add that these notes may have contributed to Edgar Wright leaving Ant-Man. As you may recall, after working on Ant-Man for nearly 8 years, Wright left the film because of the editing notes he has been receiving homogenized his script. Of course it doesn’t help that these notes often came late, and only hurt the filmmakers creative process – which is probably why Ant-Man took as long as it did to go from script to screen.
It’s not exactly clear when these changes will go into effect. Captain America: Civil War is not likely to be affected since it has already completed principal photography, and same goes for Doctor Strange since it is gearing up for a fall start date.
What is clear is that Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Victoria Alonso will now be making all the creative decisions, which will go as far as decisions on movies all the way to its merchandise. BDM adds that it was Ike’s decision not to put the Black Widow on one of their Avengers: Age of Ultron toys – specifically the one where Captain America comes out of a quinjet riding a motorcycle, when it was Black Widow who did the same exact thing in the final cut of the film – because he believed that girl toys don’t sell well.
So what do these changes mean! Well for one thing, we will probably see a few changes in the production budget. Nothing too drastic; I believe that Marvel understands that it’s their frugal spending that brought them their success in the first place. But we could possibly see writers and directors have more creative freedom, meaning no more controversies like the Edgar Wright and the Ant-Man situation.
[Source: Heroic Hollywood | Birth Death Movies]