Marvel Flim Chief Kevin Feige Now Reports To Disney

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THR has learned after what has been described as “several years of frustration,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will now report directly to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn instead of Marvel Entertainment CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, a low-profile billionaire who has contributed to Marvel’s reputation in Hollywood for frugality and secrecy (as THR reported in a 2014 feature, he attended the première of Iron Man in a disguise to go undetected and once complained that journalists at a press junket were allowed two sodas instead of one).

Supposedly Perlmutter was a key factor in replacing Terrance Howard when the actor requested a pay increase to reprise the role of James Rhodes/War Machine in Iron Man 2. Also Perlmutter nearly destroyed the upcoming film, Captain America: Civil War, when he fought against the idea of altering Robert Downey Jr.’s contract to increase his presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite any friction Perlmutter may have caused on Marvel’s films, he will still oversee Marvel’s TV group, publishing, animation and other New York-based operations.

“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,” a Disney spokesperson tells THR in a statement.

“Everybody knows Ike is difficult,” says one source close to the company. “This has been a long time coming. Kevin has grown his entire career under Ike and now it just makes sense.”

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