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What's The Worst That Could Happen Over Marvel Studios/Comics Split?

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool looked at the causes and timeline of the split between Marvel and Marvel Studios at Disney. We tried to ascertain who was really behind the changes at the company, that saw Kevin Feige heading up Marvel Studios, reporting to Disney rather than to the rest of Marvel, and a split between the two sides of the company, as deep as that between Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

But, we'll still get the comics, the films, the TV shows… so what's the worst that could happen?

Kevin Feige, a big time fan of the comics, keeper of plenty of fanboy knowledge, and part of the Marvel team that brought many of the successful movies to fruition – won't be there forever.

Could be a year, could be ten. At some point he will step down or move on.

But Marvel Studios move away from Marvel and towards Disney has guaranteed that when he does move on, that Marvel Studios will continue to be run by Disney, and not by Marvel. The very thing they promised, that Marvel wouldn't lose control of its characters when Disney bought them out,  will be gone.

It was what fans feared back then. People remember when people who didn't like the comics, know the comics understood the comics ran Marvel. It was the very thing Joe Quesada said wouldn't happen when Disney bought the publisher.

And now it has.

This was what Isaac Perlmutter was trying to prevent. Kevin Feige, with Alan Horn at Disney, has put Marvel's autonomy as a comic book company in peril.

How long until….

Image by Khary Randolph
Image by Khary Randolph



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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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