Bob Iger has unexpectedly announced that he will immediately leave as Disney’s top executive. His namesake Bob Chapek takes over his position. Although Iger will remain active within the media company for a while, the appointment of a new top executive may lead to a change of course. What are the consequences for Marvel and Star Wars?Bob Iger (69) has resigned as head of The Walt Disney Company after 15 years. Under Irish leadership, Disney took, among other things, animation studio Pixar, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm (van de Star Warsfranchise). Iger had previously indicated that he wanted to retire at the end of 2021, but did not want to announce his departure until he had completed his last major projects: the merger with 21st Century Fox and the start-up of the Disney + streaming service. He has indicated that he will remain as executive director until the end of 2021.
New boss, new course?
His successor Bob Chapek can call himself the highest man of Disney from today. Chapek has been working for the company for years and previously led the amusement park and merchandise division.
A new CEO may also mean a new course. Iger had given more and more creative freedom to Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm in recent years – on average with success. He also managed to make a deal with Sony last summer to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It is to be hoped that Kevin Feige from Marvel and Kathleen Kennedy from Lucasfilm can continue freely with what they were doing under Chapek’s regime: producing profitable and popular blockbusters.