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Marvel Studios Is No Longer Part Of Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Studios has changed a lot in the past decade. In 2007, Avid Arad was pushed out as Ike Perlmutter backed David Maisel during disagreements between the creatives. The result was that Maisel became the Chairman of Marvel Studios while Kevin Feige was promoted to President of Production. Feige began as a comic and film fan, working his way up alongside Richard and Laura Shuler Donner. His history with comics saw him grow from a production assistant to his current role at Marvel in a relatively short time and it was ultimately his vision and leadership that saw the MCU come to dominate at the box office. But in 2015, Feige removed Marvel Studios from Perlmutter's control and began reporting directly to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.

Like Arad, Perlmutter's background in business often put him at odds with Feige and his more creative inclinations. What's more, Perlmutter's conservative tendencies are said to have held back films like Black Panther and even changed Iron Man 3's villain from female to male. Regardless, Feige found it increasingly hard to work with Perlmutter and leveraged his success to get out from under Perlmutter's thumb - and thus remove Marvel Studios from the Marvel Entertainment banner.

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The move also saw the death of the Creative Committee, a group consisting of Alan Fine (President of Marvel Entertainment), Brian Michael Bendis (Marvel Comics writer), Dan Buckley (Marvel Comics publisher), and Joe Quesada (Marvel's Chief Creative Officer), detaching the film company further from the rest of Marvel. Now, Marvel Studios operates as a direct subsidiary of Disney and Feige more or less has complete control and freedom over the fate of the MCU.

Marvel TV Is Not Linked To Marvel Studios

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Like with their film rights, Marvel sold various TV rights over the years. Only a handful of live-action shows were created, however, with animation proving much more successful. But with the popularity of the MCU and Marvel's purchase by Disney, television seemed a lucrative new outlet. Disney's ABC became a clear place to launch new material, and June 2010 saw the birth of Marvel Television with comic writer Jeph Loeb named executive vice president, head of television.

Not long after, talks began of Guillermo del Toro making a Hulk TV show and Melissa Rosenberg working on AKA Jessica Jones. The next year also brought word from Loeb of a Cloak & Dagger TV show alongside a series for Mockingbird. Ultimately, the Hulk project fell apart while the Jessica Jones and Cloak & Dagger shows took a bit longer to manifest. But in 2012, Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen developed Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the first Marvel Television series (which would also eventually included Mockingbird).

From there, Marvel TV expanded with Agent Carter, the various shows within Netflix's The Defenders universe, and Runaways on Hulu. Cloak & Dagger is even on the verge of appearing on Disney's Freeform network as a series after it was proposed as a film over a decade ago. But despite the fact that each Marvel TV show alludes to events from the films, the movies have never returned the favor and any real sense of connection between the two sets of media is left up to fan theories.

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Even before Marvel Studios was pulled out from under Marvel Entertainment, there was a clear separation between the films and TV branches. Still, Marvel maintained the tagline "It's all connected" and even brought a few film characters over to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, thanks to the Entertainment move, Marvel Television is even further disconnected from Marvel Studios, meaning a movie and TV crossover for the MCU is almost impossible due to the distance.

Key Release Dates
  • Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
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