Marvel Studios, LLC (originally known as Marvel Films), is an American television and motion picture studio based in Manhattan Beach, California. As of 2015, Marvel Studios is one of the six production companies that make up The Walt Disney Studios. From 1996 to 2015, Marvel Studios was a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment (itself a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company since 2009), before being integrated directly into The Walt Disney Studios in August of 2015.
In 2009, Marvel attempted to hire a team of writers to help come up with creative ways to launch its lesser-known properties, such as Black Panther, Cable, Iron Fist, Nighthawk, and Vision.
On December 31, 2009, The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, Both Marvel and Disney have stated that the merger would not affect any preexisting deals with other film studios for the time being, although Disney said they will consider distributing future Marvel projects with their own studios once the current deals expire.
On October 18, 2010, Disney bought the distribution rights for The Avengers and Iron Man 3 from Paramount Pictures. However, as part of the deal, Paramount's logo will still be used in the promotion marketing and trailers for both films.
In June 2010, Marvel Studios set up a television division, headed up by Jeph Loeb as Executive Vice President, under which Marvel Animation will be operated.
On August 22, 2011 at Disney's behest, the Studio fired most of its marketing department: Dana Precious, EVP of Worldwide Marketing, Jeffrey Stewart, VP of Worldwide Marketing, and Jodi Miller, Manager of Worldwide Marketing. Disney will now market Marvel's films.
Upon the release of The Amazing Spider-Man, Disney and Sony negotiated a two-way agreement. Disney would receive full merchandising ancillary rights to future Spider-Man films in exchange for Sony purchasing out Marvel's film participation rights.
On July 2, 2013, Disney purchased the distribution rights to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger from Paramount.
Acquisition of Marvel characters
Marvel also began to reclaim the rights to characters that had been licensed out to other studios since the late 1990s, starting with Blade from New Line Cinema. In August 2012, it was reported that 20th Century Fox was willing to allow the film rights to the superhero Daredevil and his related characters revert to Marvel and Disney, a contracted stipulation that required Fox to begin production on a new Daredevil film by late 2012. Fox had approached Marvel about extending the deadline and becoming a co-financier for the film, but was rebuffed. On October 10, 2012, the Daredevil film rights reverted to Marvel Studios, which was confirmed by studio president Kevin Feige on April 23, 2013.
On May 2, 2013, Feige confirmed in an interview that the Ghost Rider and Punisher rights had reverted to Marvel from Sony and Lions Gate respectively, as well as reaffirming the acquisition of the Blade rights. It was later revealed in May 2013 that Marvel has also reacquired the Power Man rights from Columbia Pictures. In an interview with Collider in early May 2013, Kevin Feige stated he believed the Elektra rights were back at Marvel through the Daredevil deal.
On February 2015, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures signed a deal that would allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and would first appear in a Marvel movie before getting a solo movie on July 7, 2017. On June 2016, it was announced that the rights to Namor reverted to Marvel Studios from Universal Studios. On December 14, 2017, Disney purchased the movie and television divisions of 20th Century Fox, including the rights to the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool. The full rights will be reverted back to Marvel Studios once the deal closes on March 20th, 2019.
Kevin Feige stated that since Marvel was now their own entity within The Walt Disney Company, it "felt like the time to update it and have something that is more substantial as a standalone logo in front of our features" instead of having it be accompanied by Marvel's studio or distribution partners' logos. Feige added that "“We didn’t want to re-invent the wheel [with the new logo], but we wanted it to feel bigger, to feel more substantial, which is why it starts with the flip, but suddenly it’s more dimensional as we go through the lettering and it reveals itself with the metallic sheen before settling into the white-on-red, well known Marvel logo, with the added flourish of the arrival and the announcement of the Studios at the bottom of the word Marvel.
The new logo will be seen on all subsequent feature film releases, as well as the television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With the addition of the new logo, Marvel Studios also added a fanfare to accompany the logo, composed by Brian Tyler, who wrote the scores to Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.
See also: Marvel Cinematic Universe
|Year||Film||Directed by||Written by||Distributor||Budget||Gross (Worldwide)|
|2008||Iron Man||Jon Favreau||Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway||Paramount Pictures||$140 million||$585,174,222|
|The Incredible Hulk||Louis Leterrier||Zak Penn||Universal Pictures||$150 million||$263,427,551|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Jon Favreau||Justin Theroux||Paramount Pictures||$200 million||$623,933,331|
|2011||Thor||Kenneth Branagh||Story: J. Michael Straczynski and Mark Protosevich|
Screenplay: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, and Don Payne
|Captain America: The First Avenger||Joe Johnston||Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely||$140 million||$370,569,774|
|2012||Marvel's The Avengers||Joss Whedon||Zak Penn and Joss Whedon||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||$220 million||$1,518,812,988|
|2013||Iron Man 3||Shane Black||Drew Pearce and Shane Black||$200 million||$1,214,811,252|
|Thor: The Dark World||Alan Taylor||Story: Don Payne and Robert Rodat|
Screenplay: Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus, and Stephen McFeely
|2014||Captain America: The Winter Soldier||Anthony and Joe Russo||Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely||$170 million||$714,264,267|
|Guardians of the Galaxy||James Gunn||James Gunn and Nicole Perlman||$195 million||$773,328,629|
|2015||Avengers: Age of Ultron||Joss Whedon||Joss Whedon||$250 million||$1,405,403,694|
|Ant-Man||Peyton Reed||Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Adam Mckay, and Paul Rudd||$130 million||$519,311,965|
|2016||Captain America: Civil War||Anthony and Joe Russo||Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely||$250 million||$1,153,304,495|
|Doctor Strange||Scott Derrickson||Jon Spaihts and Scott Derrickson||$165 million||$677,718,395|
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||James Gunn||James Gunn||$200 million||$863,756,051|
|Spider-Man: Homecoming||Jon Watts||Story: John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein|
Screenplay: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, and Erik Sommers
|Sony Pictures Entertainment||$175 million||$880,166,924|
|Thor: Ragnarok||Taika Waititi||Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle||Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures||$180 million||$853,977,126|
|2018||Black Panther||Ryan Coogler||Ryan Coogler, Mark Bailey||$200-210 million||$1,346,529,123|
|Avengers: Infinity War||Anthony Russo, Joe Russo||Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely||$315 million||$2,039,954,372|
|Ant-Man and the Wasp||Peyton Reed||Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari, and Paul Rudd|
|2019||Captain Marvel||Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck||Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve and Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch and
Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
|Avengers: Endgame||Joe and Anthony Russo||Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely|
|Spider-Man: Far From Home||Jon Watts||Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers||Sony Pictures Entertainment|
10th Anniversary posters
- In July 2013, the distribution rights to Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger, were transferred from Paramount Pictures to The Walt Disney Studios.
- As part of the deal transferring the distribution rights of Marvel's The Avengers and Iron Man 3 from Paramount Pictures to The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount's logo appears in the films' promotional materials and merchandise. Nevertheless, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures is credited at the end of these films.