There comes the point where we have to give credit where credit is due, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is giving tremendous credit to The Walt Disney Company. While many fans have gone on record to say that Disney has ruined Marvel since the acquisition in 2009, Kevin Feige is saying the exact opposite. He says the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would not be possible without Disney.
“It was the greatest thing that ever happened to us,” Feige said during an interview on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter. “It was the greatest thing that ever happened to us… If Disney hadn’t bought us, you wouldn’t have seen the movies we’ve made since then. For sure. I just don’t think it would have been possible.”
But Feige went on to clarify that the Marvel/Disney relationship is on a deeper level than just financial. To him, Disney has become a home full of support.
“It was wonderful having a home that was 100 percent invested in what we were doing and we had great studio partners before that with great marketers who did great work but at some level when it’s only for whatever distribution percentage if they’ve got something they’re working on that they’ve got a 100 percent of versus one that’s smaller even though the experience was very good with them… it’s different when you have a home,” Feige said. “When that home is the Walt Disney Studios, even before the last eight years and the tremendous success, it is very special and when you have someone like Bob Iger who’s spent a lot of money and is invested in the success, it makes a big difference so we really always felt like we were in great hands.”
It is thanks to Disney’s level of true 100% investment that has not only helped Marvel Studios build the MCU movies but has also brought so many characters home from the Fox acquisition to the Spider-Man deal with Sony. It is thanks to that investment that we now directly associate Marvel and Disney. It is thanks to that investment that Feige and his team have been able to create the MCU and give the world a cinematic marvel (pun intended) the likes of which has never been seen before.