In an interview with David Maisel, who served as president of Marvel Studios from 2003-2009, Maisel revealed early deals to get Marvel properties to the big screen. He noted that Marvel was very close to selling both Captain America and Thor, to Warner Brothers and Sony respectively.
“If I had gotten there three months, six months later, [the Warner Bros. and Sony] deals would have been done. And there would be no chance to bring all these characters together.”
Maisel blocked the deals between Marvel, Warner Bros., and Sony to sell the characters; and Maisel also secured a $525 million loan for Marvel to make their own live-action adaptations of the characters. Under the loan, each film had to be made under $165 million and had to be rated PG-13 and it secured Marvel the rights to ten characters ranging from “Captain America and something vaguely called the Avengers at the high end, dwindling to Shang-Chi and Power Pack.”
As we know, the Marvel films grew to be extremely successful, and Marvel Studios was acquired by Disney in 2012. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is celebrating its 8-year anniversary since the release of Iron Man in 2008.
How would Marvel look now should they have lost the rights to Captain America and Thor over a decade ago? Do you think the MCU would have been possible? Discuss in the comments down below.
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps—one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd and Frank Grillo, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. Anthony & Joe Russo are directing with Kevin Feige producing.
The thirteenth Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters May 6th.