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Disney CEO Bob Iger throws The Marvels movie under the bus as he gives reason for disastrous ratings

Britt Jones

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Disney CEO Bob Iger throws The Marvels movie under the bus as he gives reason for disastrous ratings

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Are you a Marvel lover? Well, this might just break your heart.

Even if you haven’t watched every single continuation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ve got to admit, they’re amazingly executed.

But Bob Iger has come out to burst the bubble of anyone who enjoyed the latest instalment in the MCU.

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During the New York Times DealBook Summit on Thursday (30 November), the Disney CEO went on to talk about The Marvels, and his distaste for the performance.

Iger, after a short break from this role, returned as the overhead at Disney in November 2022 and lays blame on the disastrous pandemic production’s lack of ‘supervision’ from execs.

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The 72-year-old said: "The Marvels was shot during COVID.

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“There wasn’t as much supervision on the set, so to speak, where we have executives [that are] really looking over what’s being done day after day after day.”

But there’s a reason that there wasn’t a lot of people looking over the project as Variety reported that Nia DaCosta, the director of The Marvels, decided to start another project during the post-production stage, which is ‘weird’.

A source disclosed: “If you’re directing a $250 million movie, it’s kind of weird for the director to leave with a few months to go.”

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Well, out of 33 films in the Universe, this one had one of the lowest opening weekend at the box office ever seen in the franchise.

Grossing $47 million domestically and $187 million worldwide, it’s a bleak outlook for the movie.

What may be even more frustrating is that the film had the potential to be great, as its celebrity cast list was fantastic.

Bob Iger blames 'supervision' on set. Credit: Twitter/ @robertiger
Bob Iger blames 'supervision' on set. Credit: Twitter/ @robertiger
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With actors like Iman Vellani, Brie Larson and Teyonah Parris, it should really have been a hit.

However, when your leading star takes an issue with how badly it does at the box office, that’s another thing entirely.

Vellani, who plays Ms. Marvel told Yahoo Entertainment: “I don’t want to focus on something that’s not even in my control, because what’s the point?

“That’s for Bob Iger.”

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As the film currently has a 61 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s not something that actors would be proud of.

The Post even went on to call the movie ‘a sad study of the downfall of America’s favorite screen franchise.’ Ouch.

Iger commented on the success of Disney, saying: “I’m not sure another studio will ever achieve some of the numbers that we achieved.

“I mean, we got to the point where if a film didn’t do a billion dollars in global box office, we were disappointed.

"That’s an unbelievably high standard, and I think we have to get more realistic."

Topics: Film & TV, News, Film and TV, Disney, Marvel, Marvel Cinematic Universe, Brie Larson

Britt Jones
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