I think it’s insane. $9 billion. 12 movies. Three of the six biggest movies in history.
Had anyone suggested this a decade ago every single person would have called them crazy. The success of Marvel Studios is unprecedented, and I think they’re now taking it for granted. They had a good thing, but we’re meant to believe the brain trust got in the way of things. Their model is pretty much ‘stick to the comics, they work’. Imagine Marvel if they’d had Fox or Sony or Warners interference. I put the continual quality of Marvel at the hand of these guys, not Feige.
If I bring up my ‘Marvel is in trouble’ though process, this is clearly a pound of flesh for a couple of bad outings. And it’s the wrong flesh, but it’s the easy targets for Feige. And I think budget management would have been prudent as AOU was clearly a CGI laden mess that cost $100 million more than it needed to.
It does bother me that the internet community in general thinks this is a good move. Joe, Brian, Dan and Alan are maybe the best things that every happened to Marvel in the last 25 years - the idea that taking them away will help things, and to have them muddied up like they have been in the press must infuriate them after they spent so much of their lives dedicated to Marvel. Honestly I hope this motivates them to abandon big corporate like folks of their talent should. Bendis should b-line to DC and Dan and Joe should be planning on building their own thing.