Russos: CIVIL WAR Movie Story May Have Caused 'Civil War Within Marvel'

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Last year, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige began reporting directly to Disney chief Alan Horn, leaving behind Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. According to the directors of Captain America: Civil War, their movie may have had something to do with that decision.

"We've been on that [Marvel] journey from Winter Soldier, and it may have been some story points from Civil War that caused the civil war within Marvel," Joe Russo told The Business. "I think that there were years when Kevin was absorbing the pain inflicted on the company."

Russo did not elaborate on which story beats may have caused the tension, but did comment on the improved relations between Marvel and Disney, saying the studio is "much healthier and happier". They confirmed to host Kim Masters that much of the improvements were in Marvel and Disney's somewhat looser purse strings under Feige and Horn's purview, allowing them to afford to hire Robert Downey, Jr. for Captain America: Civil War outside of his contract, and enabling Marvel to hire in-demand director Ryan Coogler for Black Panther.

The Russos will next direct the movies known under the working titles Avengers: Infinity War Parts One and Two in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

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