A small but key change has taken place at the highest levels of Marvel Studios.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has reportedly reorganised the company in a way that now sees him answering directly to Disney studio chief Alan Horn as opposed to his previous position under Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac ‘Ike’ Perlmutter says THR.
Marvel has very much been a tale of two opposites. On the one hand there’s Feige, the very public face of the company who was the architect behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe and helped transition it into a massive powerhouse which Disney acquired in 2009.
On the other there’s Perlmutter, the incredibly reclusive billionaire who has contributed to Marvel’s reputation for being both frugal and secretive and has infamously micromanaged decisions about the company. Feige is said to have been frustrated for years due to Perlmutter’s controlling nature and vented his issues to both Horn and Disney CEO Bob Iger earlier this summer.
As a result, this re-organization was put into effect last week. Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, will continue to report to Perlmutter who will maintain oversight of Marvel’s TV group, publishing, animation and other New York-based operations. In a statement, a Disney spokesperson says:
“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.”