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Kevin Feige almost quit Marvel due to battles over Civil War's budget

09.03.2015

A fairly major power shift took place at Marvel this week, with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige now reporting directly to Disney studio chief Alan Horn instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter. The influence of the Marvel Creative Committee which consisted of Joe Quesada, Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Buckley, and Alan Fine will also be severely limited, as their ideas were frequently obstacles to overcome rather than helpful notes.

Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter's micromanaging and frugality was apparently so bad that THR reports that Kevin Feige almost quit Marvel due to disputes over the budget of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. As the film includes almost all of the Avengers as well as a healthy does of Marvel supporting characters, the budget naturally increased which led to frictions with Perlmutter who wanted "to scale it down." Kevin Feige, who has successfully steered the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the billion-dollar juggernaut that it is today, had finally had enough and even "contemplated leaving Marvel" before speaking with Disney CEO Bob Iger, who then approved the restructuring.

As to what this all means for the next phase of Marvel films, it will hopefully translate into greater creativity but it's likely that the majority of the differences will be felt behind the scenes. With a few exceptions, Marvel has been notoriously cheap when it came to offering decent contracts to their talent but insiders hope that this will be one of the first things to change as the new Marvel rolls forward.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR opens on May 6, 2016.

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Source: THR

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12:53AM on 09/04/2015
I really think they should have just called this movie Civil War and left out the Captain America Title. They just put his name there in order to say they made a 3rd film instead of actually having a 3rd film. So with Captain America being in the title it pretty much tells you whose side will win.
I really think they should have just called this movie Civil War and left out the Captain America Title. They just put his name there in order to say they made a 3rd film instead of actually having a 3rd film. So with Captain America being in the title it pretty much tells you whose side will win.
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10:15AM on 09/04/2015
Not if it sticks to the comics.
Not if it sticks to the comics.
11:44AM on 09/04/2015
you haven't seen it though. Civil War is an event. maybe the movie is primarily through Captain America's perspective. then again, maybe they should have just called the latest Mad Max "Fury Road" only.
you haven't seen it though. Civil War is an event. maybe the movie is primarily through Captain America's perspective. then again, maybe they should have just called the latest Mad Max "Fury Road" only.
12:42AM on 09/04/2015
It all good and all, but he really needs to remove the fuzz ball on his head.
It all good and all, but he really needs to remove the fuzz ball on his head.
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10:50PM on 09/03/2015
I still don't know what to make of this. Yes, Marvel films have pretty much all been good but very few have been great and some problems are recurring. Weak villains, too much emphasis on connecting to the universe, overcrowding (a potential problem for Civil War)... Feige got all the credits for what went right but how much is he to blame for all these problems? At least, the "made by comity" feeling that some of the the lesser outings had probably won't be repeated and somebody will be held
I still don't know what to make of this. Yes, Marvel films have pretty much all been good but very few have been great and some problems are recurring. Weak villains, too much emphasis on connecting to the universe, overcrowding (a potential problem for Civil War)... Feige got all the credits for what went right but how much is he to blame for all these problems? At least, the "made by comity" feeling that some of the the lesser outings had probably won't be repeated and somebody will be held accountable if some movies fail.
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10:44PM on 09/03/2015

awesome power move by Feige.

i wonder if the ex-"Marvel Creative Committee" guys are stalking Fox executives, suggesting how to "fix" the Fantastic Four once again.
i wonder if the ex-"Marvel Creative Committee" guys are stalking Fox executives, suggesting how to "fix" the Fantastic Four once again.
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9:16PM on 09/03/2015
Would be dumb for Disney to let go the guy that basically helped get this whole thing (successfully) started and where it is today. Not to say he didn't have help, but losing him would be a huge blow to the MCU and its storyline.
Would be dumb for Disney to let go the guy that basically helped get this whole thing (successfully) started and where it is today. Not to say he didn't have help, but losing him would be a huge blow to the MCU and its storyline.
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9:09PM on 09/03/2015
You know, I'm actually curious how they budgeted Civil War. I assume the Avengers films get more money than those for the solo films (since the Avengers films also make more money normally). Civil War is Captain America in name, but in reality it's more of an Avengers film. It has more heroes than the first Avengers film. Don't get me wrong, I think and hope the recent changes are for the best, but I just want to say I can see both sides of the issue in this particular circumstance.
You know, I'm actually curious how they budgeted Civil War. I assume the Avengers films get more money than those for the solo films (since the Avengers films also make more money normally). Civil War is Captain America in name, but in reality it's more of an Avengers film. It has more heroes than the first Avengers film. Don't get me wrong, I think and hope the recent changes are for the best, but I just want to say I can see both sides of the issue in this particular circumstance.
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9:05PM on 09/03/2015
Why would you destroy your Golden Goose? Good for Kevin Feige to stand up for what he believes in. It'd be a great loss if he quits Marvel.
Why would you destroy your Golden Goose? Good for Kevin Feige to stand up for what he believes in. It'd be a great loss if he quits Marvel.
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8:56PM on 09/03/2015
too many cooks in the kitchen is a disaster. Good for Disney to give Feige (basically) control over the MCU and less red tape. The man has created something so unique. He can be afforded a misstep here or there considering all the good he has done.
too many cooks in the kitchen is a disaster. Good for Disney to give Feige (basically) control over the MCU and less red tape. The man has created something so unique. He can be afforded a misstep here or there considering all the good he has done.
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