A newsworthy week for Marvel Studios continues: After a report surfaced earlier this week stating that the Marvel Creative Committee that served in an advisory capacity for Marvel Studios’ productions had disbanded, The Hollywood Reporter had word Thursday afternoon that this was in fact not the case. The committee has not disbanded, though “its influence over the Marvel movies will be nominal at best,” according to the THR report. CBR News has reached out to Marvel for comment on the report. Marvel and Disney declined comment on THR’s article.
THR further details that Marvel Television will continue to report to Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter and the Creative Committee. The article also names Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley and Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada specifically as remaining on the committee for “continuity purposes,” coordinating operations throughout Marvel’s movie, TV, publishing and merchandising divisions.
The core of the Marvel Creative Committee consisted of Buckley, Quesada, Marvel Entertainment President Alan Fine and superstar comics writer Brian Michael Bendis. In a 2012 interview with Newsarama, Bendis — who is not named in THR’s report — described the committee’s duties: “They have us go through every outline of every draft of the script as they come in, and we give notes, and then meet on the phone or in person for hours at a time, sometimes just by ourselves, and sometimes with the filmmaker.”
On Monday, news broke that Marvel Studios and its president, Kevin Feige, would no longer report to Perlmutter, but instead work under Walt Disney Studios Chariman Alan Horn. In the THR piece, it’s stated that “years of frustration” between Feige and Perlmutter came to a head partly over the budget for 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” with Perlmutter and others in Marvel’s New York offices looking to scale down the cost of production. On Wednesday, a report from Birth. Movies. Death. stated that the Marvel Creative Committee was finished, but that it may live on in altered form within Marvel Television.
Feige was named President of Production for Marvel Studios in March 2007, a year before the studio’s first film — the original “Iron Man” — was released. He’s worked on Marvel-based movies since 2000’s “X-Men,” where he served as an associate producer. Perlmutter, a former co-owner of Toy Biz — the toy company that merged with Marvel in 1997 following Marvel’s filing for bankruptcy — has been Marvel CEO since 2005, and was a member of the board of directors since 1993.