The NYT takes an in-depth look at Marvel’s new role as a movie studio, profiles top dog David Maisel (above), and even offers some pretty interesting scuttlebutt over Avi Arad’s departure:
Mr. Arad left Marvel last year after a power struggle with his former deputy in which he tried to have Mr. Maisel ousted, according to two executives knowledgeable about the tension. One of those executives said that Mr. Arad had disagreed with Mr. Maisel over budget cuts to the new Marvel movies and the production timetable, which Mr. Arad considered too rushed.
Asked about the conflict, Mr. Arad said that he had left Marvel because he wanted to start his own company, Avi Arad Productions. Mr. Maisel declined to comment on the relationship, but said the budget and timing were in line with similar Hollywood productions.
As you may recall, as Marvel starts its own production company — IRON MAN and HULK 2 will be produced by Marvel, and merely distributed by Paramount — much is at stake. The entire article is worth reading for a good synopsis of the entire Marvel-in-Hollywood story.