Marvel has experienced tremendous growth in recent years, especially in terms of its live-action content. Marvel Studios launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 to great success on both the big screen and on television. That success has been a boon for the company overall, suggesting what’s good for the cinematic side of things is also for all the other divisions, such as publishing, TV, and merchandising.
With the company looking to maintain its top spot as a leading source of entertainment in film, TV, comics, and more, the recent decision has been made to promote a heavy hitter from within to a new position that will have him oversee much of what’s being produced.
As reported by THR, the former publisher of Marvel Comics Dan Buckley is now the new president of Marvel Entertainment. In his new role, Buckley’s will manage all aspects of Marvel Entertainment outside of Marvel Studios. While the role will see Buckley’s overall presence within the company expanded, he will continue to report to Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter.
Buckley’s role within Marvel has resulted in some big moves in the past. He appointed Jeph Loeb as a producer on all their television series, which has since had success with shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. Meanwhile, on the publishing side of things, Buckley was also responsible for launching successful event comic series likes Civil War II and Secret Wars.
Fans of the TV corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shouldn’t see too much change as a result of this news, however. Buckley already served as an executive producer on the shows in Marvel’s roster, and that role is likely to continue now without interruption. In fact, the move is almost certain to produce more content for fans to enjoy, in addition to the company’s ever-expanding cinematic efforts.
Over the years, Buckley’s efforts with Marvel have resulted in many new products, so it should be interesting to see how his vision is further implemented in his new role. Buckley has been with Marvel almost exclusively since the ’90s, so his relationship with the company and deep, passionate knowledge of its history is undeniable. This promotion could result in the company coming up with more innovative ways to push Marvel-related content, regardless of whether or not it is live-action. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of a great run from Buckley in a new position of leadership.