Marvel’s Change In Leadership Helped Avengers: Infinity War Get Made
The Marvel Studios Creative Committee, which, thankfully, disbanded roughly three years ago in accordance with the removal of Marvel Entertainment Chairman Issac “Ike” Perlmutter from the CEO position, was a small think tank comprised of employees who would provide feedback on prospective studio productions.
The brain trust was long-rumoured to be a restrictive council, whose creative pushback was confirmed by Avengers: Infinity War directors Anthony and Joe Russo in an interview with Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast. When asked if they ever received pushback from any creative decisions made in the film, the Russo brothers had this to say.
“There was a change of guard at Marvel quite a few years back that just really allowed for more significant creative freedom. It’s highlighted our time there. They’ve been great about allowing us to make extreme choices and game-changers at the end of each film we’ve worked with them.”
What’s changed since the Creative Committee disbanded? Well, according to Anthony and Joe, the likes of Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther probably would’ve never existed, as they believe movies like these would not have been made had the old guard still been in place.
Of course, this isn’t the first time an MCU director has been outspoken in regards to the Creative Committee. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn previously revealed not too long ago that Ronan, portrayed by Lee Pace, ended up being the bland villain he was due to the brain trust’s meddling.
Had the Creative Committee not disbanded, Avengers: Infinity War probably would’ve never made it to theatres as the final product witnessed by countless upon its release. The blockbuster to end all blockbusters is now on its way to becoming the highest grossing MCU movie ever made, and, who knows, had the pic been developed under the old regime, it may not have been the massive success we know it as today.