Top Marvel Studios executive Jeremy Latcham is reportedly leaving his post to produce his own movies at 20th Century Fox. The news comes ahead of something of a transition period for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will converge all of the studio’s previous offerings in two upcoming Avengers sequels. As of now, the future is largely uncertain for both the direction of the MCU and the leadership of Marvel Studios.

One thing that is certain after the as-yet untitled fourth Avengers movie is a 2019 sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, on which Latcham served as an executive producer. That will be Latcham’s final act at Marvel Studios, as the talented, super-successful producer is moving on to what he and 20th Century Fox must believe will be bigger and better things.

The Wrap first reported Latcham’s impending departure from Marvel Studios on Friday, revealing a significant addition for 20th Century Fox and a large void left at his soon-to-be-former employer. Insiders say that Latcham’s new role at 20th Century Fox will be an “overall production” deal, in which he will produce “original films through his own company set up at the studio.” His transition is expected to be completed by September.

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Latcham is one of the pioneering producers of the MCU, breaking through as an associate producer on 2008’s Iron Man and co-producer along with Victoria Alonso on Iron Man 2. He reached a new level of success with The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as the first Guardians of the Galaxy. Twentieth Century Fox, meanwhile, is of course known for recent hits in the X-Men universe like Logan and Deadpool, with Deadpool 2 expected in 2018.

Marvel Studios is certainly taking a major loss with the departure of Latcham, but insiders told The Wrap that “legacy producers” are expected to assume his responsibilities with new franchises like Captain Marvel on the horizon. It’s unclear what kind of movies Latcham will make in his new role at 20th Century Fox, but it’s safe to assume that he will produce similar blockbusters to the massive hits he helped create with Marvel Studios.

Latcham’s move is a major one, but also one that will come with plenty of risk. Now expected to preside over his own company within 20th Century Fox, the pressure will be on for him to deliver similarly acclaimed and successful hits on par with Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy. But Latcham’s impeccable track record can only suggest that his early-career success will continue with his new venture.

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Source: The Wrap

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