Marvel Once Considered Selling Captain America and Thor Rights

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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.

Source: ComicBookResources

Leon Brill

Leon Brill

Leon Brill is a staff writer for Heroic Hollywood, superhero/comic enthusiast, gamer, and film lover.

  • phnxgrl

    If Marvel had to split up all their properties there would be no MCU today and most of these properties would not be given the weight they deserved.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Then we would’ve been stuck with Fox and the “INEPT” dceu. (OH THE INHUMANITY!!!)

      • Joseph

        Haha but we would have been SAVED from having to watch HORRIBLE movies like Thor The Dark World, and Age of Ultron. Maybe if Marvel didn’t have so many characters under their belt, they could have focused on making a DECENT Iron Man sequel, instead of the two GARBAGE sequels they tried to shove down our throats. Maybe if they didn’t have so many D-List characters to work with, Marvel might actually more than TWO good movies in a decades time. Only TWO good movies in 8 years?? That’s a pretty poor batting record if you ask me. I love both DCEU movies, but even if you consider them failures, at least they don’t have the number of failures that Marvel has. I don’t think ANY studio will ever be able to beat Marvel’s strikeout record. :-)

        • Marquis de Sade

          Whatever tucks you in and make you feel safe at night, Pookie…But we all know the dceu is floudering, now don’t we?

          • Zain

            Its just been two films bro and cracking the 7th position in all time highest grossing comic movies is not a bad feat, at its second film. Watch out for S.S.

          • Marquis de Sade

            Yeah, a movie featuring THE HOLY TRINITY, released uncontested in late March with a production and marketing budget of $410 million, and after 6 weeks, it can only muster $863 million worldwide, when it was projected to do anywhere between $1.2 to $1.5 billion worldwide, especially considering its aforementioned budget??? – Yeah, 7th place ain’t bad if you’re livin’ in BIZARRO WORLD, but in the REAL WORLD, bvs is a failure of epic proportions!

          • Zain

            Whatever tucks you in and makes you feel like a big shot, dude. As long as there is a profit no matter how small, it can’t be a failure. It just didn’t meet the expectations of the majority of simple minded audience. Critics reviews just created a bad publicity. The opening weekend collection was 450 million. They got back their budget and expenses. Enjoy both movies plz. U don’t have to downgrade dc to praise marvel.

  • Thaddeus VonPumpernickel

    Jeez, can you imagine Captain America being treated like superman by WB? Bullet DODGED.

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    • Worldmind

      A Zack Snyder Captain America? I just threw up in my mouth.

      • Archfiend_Baramos

        Yeah, I bet Zack Snyder would have Captain America kill a bunch of people and fight with his best friend.

        …wait a second…


    A Warner Bros’ Captain America? That just means we would have “CIVIL WAR: BATMAN VS. CAPTAIN AMERICA!” Either the greatest or WORST movie of all time!

    • Kawshik Ahmed

      WB wouldn’t have put Captain America and Batman in a same movie. WB made the Blade Trilogy.

  • jollybrah

    Boy are they happy they didn’t!!