Marvel Is Exploring New Talent Deals in Case Films End Up Going to Disney+ (Exclusive)

Studio behind “Avengers” franchise still wants its films released in theaters first

Marvel Studios is beginning to explore new talent deals to provide flexibility in case the pandemic or other factors lead the studio to bypass theaters and take films straight to Disney+, TheWrap has learned.

Under the new contract language, key above-the-line talent like actors, writers, directors and producers will receive adjusted compensation depending on whether the film opens in theaters or debuts on the Disney+ streaming service, according to an insider with knowledge of the situation. Marvel blockbusters typically pay backend bonuses to key talent based on a film’s box office performance, which can be substantial for MCU films.

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Umberto Gonzalez

Umberto Gonzalez

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