Who Is Ike Perlmutter? Marvel Executive History & Controversies Explained

Disney has laid off Ike Perlmutter, one of the executives responsible for launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but who exactly he is and his involvement in the franchise may not be well known to the average viewer. Perlmutter served as CEO of Marvel since 2005, and was the executive responsible for selling the company to Disney for $4 billion in 2009. After being acquired by Disney, Perlmutter remained on board as chairman of Marvel Entertainment, under which Marvel Studios originally reported. However, there are several facts about Perlmutter's controversial history with Marvel that are important to be aware of in wake of his sudden, but perhaps not surprising, exit.
Ike Perlmutter's exit from Marvel comes only a few weeks after news broke that Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios' President of Physical, Post Production, VFX, and Animation, had been fired. While Perlmutter hasn't been involved in the MCU since 2015, it would appear that returning Disney CEO Bob Iger has made his first moves in restoring the Marvel brand's good name, removing certain executives whose work with the company hasn't benefited the Mouse House. While more layoffs may be on the way, Alonso and Perlmutter's departures signal major changes ahead for Marvel.
What Ike Perlmutter's Role At Marvel Was Ike Perlmutter's career with Marvel extends all the way back to the early 1990s, in which he served as a member of the company's board of directors long before the inception of the MCU (via Bloomberg). By the time the superhero franchise got its start in 2008 with Iron Man, Perlmutter was serving as the CEO of Marvel Entertainment. He sold Marvel to Disney in 2009 but remained on and oversaw Marvel Studios. After a series of clashes with Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios was removed from Perlmutter's purview in 2015, allowing Feige to report directly to Disney's executives instead. After the restructuring, Perlmutter remained chairman of Marvel Entertainment and was involved in Marvel's television projects for several more years until they were folded into Marvel Studios (via THR).


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