Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe know that Marvel Studios has plans that could stretch into 2028. But fans didn’t see this coming: Marvel Studios has just broken away from Marvel Entertainment.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has pulled off a reorganization of the vaunted film company that has him reporting to Disney studio chief Alan Horn as opposed to the infamously micromanaging Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac ‘Ike’ Perlmutter...." Feige is “the architect of Marvel’s transition from a flailing comic book company into a film powerhouse that was sold to Disney for $4 billion in 2009.”
Now Feige's point of contact is based in Hollywood. However, Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb will continue to report to Perlmutter, who works from New York.
So what does this mean for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If Feige reports to Disney while Loeb reports to Marvel, there could be miscommunication. Importantly, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. relies heavily on the extended universe to tell its stories and could suffer from timing issues. So far, the films and the TV show have aligned reasonably well together.
But this gives Feige one less person to answer to, that is, more creative control.
Feige was the mastermind behind X-Men, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. However, he is also the producer behind Daredevil (2003), Elektra and X-Men: The Last Stand. In other words, he may be a rainmaker, but lightning doesn’t always strike. Still, creative control would have helped the most recent Fantastic Four movie (or rather, it couldn’t have made it worse).
The change most likely to occur, however, will not come for the fans but for the actors: According to Comic Book Movie, Perlmutter replaced Terrance Howard with Don Cheadle after the first Iron Man actor demanded a raise. Feige is likely to be more generous with his wallet.