September 23, 2023
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“It’s having the imaginative and prescient after which going there and making it occur with no matter dials I would like to show—creatively or enterprise or political or financing—to get it executed.”

— David Maisel

David Maisel (@maiseldavid) is the founding father of Mythos Studios and the founding chairman of Marvel Studios. In 2003, David pitched Marvel on his concept of Marvel financing and producing its personal films in a linked cinematic universe. He went on to government produce Iron Man, The Unimaginable Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Offended Birds Film. In 2009, David organized the sale of Marvel to Disney for $4 billion.

David is at present the Founding father of Mythos Studios, an IP leisure studio. The Ekos Genesis Art Collection, all 1/1 authentic hand-crafted digital artwork, is the primary providing within the forthcoming Ekos Universe.

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#676: David Maisel of Marvel Studios Fame — By no means-Earlier than-Heard Tales of Hollywood Dealmaking, The Artwork of Aiming Huge, Classes from Energy Dealer Michael Ovitz, Combining Enterprise Smarts with Avenue Smarts, The Making (and Significance) of Iron Man, Promoting to Disney for $4 Billion, and A lot Extra

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  • [09:25] Michael Ovitz.
  • [17:00] How David turned Michael’s right-hand man.
  • [25:12] Artistic pursuits.
  • [26:14] When David fell in love with comedian books.
  • [28:34] Early Hollywood classes — discovered and taught.
  • [35:43] Sources for folks aspiring to work within the leisure trade.
  • [39:20] How Marvel enters the image.
  • [48:11] A detour to Broadway theater.
  • [54:51] Making the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
  • [1:28:26] Why begin the MCU with Iron Man?
  • [1:31:56] Choices between growth and deployment.
  • [1:36:18] Greatest challenges.
  • [1:39:45] Animated characteristic movies.
  • [1:41:14] Not simply one other fairly swimsuit.
  • [1:47:20] 5 stars for Favreau.
  • [1:48:48] Why hasn’t David executed extra PR till lately?
  • [1:53:24] The shock success of Iron Man.
  • [1:59:45] Wheeling and coping with Bob Iger.
  • [2:08:50] Ron Burkle.
  • [2:10:35] Finalizing the large sale to Disney.
  • [2:14:36] Advisable studying.
  • [2:15:17] Constructing new mythologies and legacies in a post-MCU panorama.
  • [2:21:12] Parting ideas.


“A part of managing creativity is figuring out when to exert yours and when to get one of the best out from others”
— David Maisel

“It’s having the imaginative and prescient after which going there and making it occur with no matter dials I would like to show—creatively or enterprise or political or financing—to get it executed.”
— David Maisel


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