Insert “Jeopardy” theme song here as you try to figure out why exactly Marvel Entertainment’s CEO at the time, Ike “Donald Trump’s buddy” Perlmutter, allegedly dragged his feet on approving Marvel Studios’ plans for movies based on the characters Black Panther and Captain Marvel.
Current Disney CEO Bob Iger writes in his new memoir, The Ride Of A Lifetime, that he had to basically butt heads with Perlmutter over getting Black Panther and Captain Marvel made…setting off a chain of events that eventually led to Disney separating Marvel Studios from Marvel Entertainment:
“We had a chance to make a great movie and to showcase an underrepresented segment of America, and those goals were not mutually exclusive. I called Ike and told him to tell his team to stop putting up roadblocks and ordered that we put both Black Panther and Captain Marvel into production.”
This is a great example of the following concept that is crucial to understand regarding the “geek culture” biz…increasingly, the movie/TV studios who make the superhero stuff are SEPARATE from the comic book publishers from which these superheroes originated.
Further: there is a tendency on the part of said movie/TV studios to be more progressive and forward-thinking in their portrayals of these superheroes than their comic publisher counterparts (especially in the higher echelons, if you will).
This is in part because the movie/TV studios are tasked with making money…and making money includes not only getting in touch with the changing zeitgeist of the movie-watching public, but making sure that the next generations can identify with your characters.
On the other hand–there is a certain old-school contingent in comics publishing that literally would rather see Comics die than change.
As of this writing, Ike Perlmutter, prominent donor to Donald Trump, is still Chairman of Marvel Entertainment.