Disney isn’t applying the brakes on either its Marvel Studios titles or its live-action adaptations as multiple films from both categories are set to be pumped out annually for the next few years.
The same can’t be said for the “Star Wars” franchise after a one film a year strategy looks set to be rethought in the wake of the failure of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at the box-office last year.
Asked in a BBC radio interview this week about whether Disney has released too many Marvel and Star Wars films over too short a timespan, CEO Bob Iger confirmed that a slowdown for “Star Wars” is very much in order:
“I have said publicly that I think we made and released too many films over a short period of time. I have not said that they were disappointing in any way. I’ve not said that I’m disappointed in their performance. I just think that there’s something so special about a Star Wars film, and less is more.”
Iger also addressed the topic of recent comments by Martin Scorsese in which the filmmaker dubbed Marvel movies as both “not cinema” and something more akin to a “theme park” ride. Iger responded:
“Ouch! I think Martin Scorsese is a great filmmaker. I hope he hears this. I don’t have a relationship with him, but it doesn’t matter, I admire him immensely. I think he has made some great films.. just a phenomenal filmmaker.
And I think I would debate him on this subject. First of all, Marvel is making movies – they are movies, that’s what Martin Scorsese makes – and they are good movies: good directors and good writers and good actors and good cinematographers and good costume designers and good sound engineers and good editors. I can go on and on.
These are talented, talented people that are putting their hard work and talent into making films that entertain people in theaters around the world…. They have a good two-hour experience. They come out feeling happy or better about themselves.
I don’t think he’s ever seen a Marvel film…. Anyone who has seen a Marvel film could not in all truth make that statement. [I’m] looking forward to talking to him, I’d like to have a glass of wine with him. I like Martin Scorsese.”
The Disney chief also says the studio has no plans for any other major acquisitions now or in the near future following their Fox deal. The focus is heavily going on their Disney+ streaming service which launches next week.