As has been thoroughly documented right here on Bleeding Cool, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has been waging a nonstop war on Marvel CEO and Bleeding Cool’s best friend, Ike Perlmutter, ever since stealing complete control of Marvel’s movies right out from under Ike’s beloved Marvel Creative Committee. Feige’s latest victory was successfully canceling The Inhumans feature film, which Ike worked tirelessly to build up as part of his overall plan to get people to like The Inhumans instead of The X-Men. As we also know due to Bleeding Cool’s reporting on the subject, nothing wounds Ike more than the very existence of competitors like Fox, who purchased the X-Men and Fantastic Four movie rights from Marvel and continue to personally insult Ike by making movies based on those characters.
In his latest attack on poor Ike, Feige told Variety that he’s a fan of the comic book movies made by Fox and Marvel’s chief rival, DC:
What other people are adapting from the comics medium, I watch with as much interest as I do any other movies. Because I’m a fan, and I want to see what other people are doing in the world.
Despite this heartbreaking betrayal, Feige isn’t quite ready to really drive the stake into Ike’s heart, as, when asked if he would consider partnering with Fox like he has with Sony for Spider-Man, Feige replied:
It’s an impossibility at this juncture. We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes.
“At this juncture,” you may notice he said. Which means its not out of the question!
Feige also reiterated his commitment to Marvel’s diversity, which he swears will start soon, only fifteen or so movies in:
When you look at “Black Panther” — when you look at “Captain Marvel,” which will be Brie Larson in the title role — it is a very important thing for us to have diversity both in front of the camera and behind the camera.
Finally, he said that Marvel won’t be needing to recast any of its major actors, at least not for the foreseeable future:
Luckily we don’t have to make that decision anytime soon. There are a lot of movies that everyone is signed on for, and we get to enjoy them for a long time. Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man, and right now I can’t envision anyone else. Chris Evans has embodied Captain America as well as any actor has ever embodied an iconic pop-culture figure like that. I go back to Chris Reeve as Superman as the gold standard, and I think Evans is right there. I couldn’t imagine anybody else.
While Bleeding Cool commends Kevin Feige’s newfound commitment to diversity, we hope he stops picking on our best friend Ike Perlmutter. If he doesn’t, well, you know what will happen, don’t you?