Marvel Studios has been having quite the shake-up this week.
As reported by Birth.Movie.Death’s Devin Faraci on Wednesday, the Marvel Creative Committee — an out-of-touch team of overseers headed by notoriously frugal billionaire Ike Perlmutter — was officially dropped from making key creative choices on future Marvel film projects. This was big news in itself, as it will have drastic reprucussions for the studio going forward, but now sources are reporting that the key to all of this turmoil lies with the performance of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
According to Bleeding Cool, Disney brass thought Avengers: Age of Ultron was a failure, as the film made less money than its predecessor and had lower overall review scores. Putting aside the insanity of dubbing a film with a worldwide box office take of $1.4 billion a ‘failure’, this apparently allowed Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to take control away from Perlmutter and his committee.
While it sounds like the Marvel Creative Committee was a largely useless entity that hampered film productions more than it helped, it seems a bit ridiculous to use a film’s still-incredible box office numbers as ammunition to essentially fire a bunch of people.
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.
(Via: Bleeding Cool)