Dan Buckley is no longer publisher of Marvel Comics — he’s now President of Marvel Entertainment.
In his new role, Buckley will continue to work under CEO Isaac “Ike” Perlmutter, and will manage all of Marvel’s ongoing interests, including publishing and TV, with the exception of Marvel Studios, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Kevin Feige will remain in charge of Marvel’s movie division.
THR describes Buckley’s promotion as a “doubling down of the company into the creation of content that is non-film related. It is also seen as a reward for an executive who has been praised for a management style that blends a push of the mediums and an intimate geek knowledge of Marvel Comics.”
Buckley first worked for Marvel in the ’90s, when he was hired in the international marketing division and promoted to VP of Marketing Services. After a short time away form the company, Buckley returned in 2003 when he was hired as Publisher. Under his watch, Marvel Comics began to emphasize regular event series, line-wide storylines that involve many, if not all of the company’s regular series, which have driven the publishing division’s growth over the past decade. He also oversaw the company’s current initiative to expand its roster of characters to be more inclusive, introducing a number of female, gay and ethnically diverse characters.
Beyond the publishing arm, Buckley hired Jeph Loeb to helm Marvel’s current foray into the world of television, working closely with Loeb to develop a number of animated series (“Ultimate Spider-Man,” “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” etc.). The pair have also overseen the company’s current live action offerings, beginning with “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” as well as Netflix’s acclaimed roster of shows, including “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil.”
This news comes after word that Perlmutter will serve as an advisor on Veterans’ Affairs to President-Elect Donald Trump, a role reports have said to be informal but “significant.” He’s slated to remain as Marvel CEO despite his role in the Trump administration.
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