By Stephen Ippolito | July 9th, 2021
In the early days of Marvel Studios, it was very common for the studio to lock an actor/actress into a long-term multi-picture deal. The contract that everyone usually references is Samuel L. Jackson’s, who signed a nine-picture deal in 2009. However, it seems that the days of the studio locking up everyone long-term are all but over.
During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talked about how the studio has changed its strategy on contracts with its stars.
“That got a lot of attention way back when, with I think Scarlett, and [Chris] Hemsworth and Evans and Sam Jackson. It varies now. It varies, project to project, cast to cast. Really, what we want are people that come in, are excited to be in the universe, are excited at the opportunity to do more things, as opposed to being locked into contractual obligations.”
Earlier this year, Paul Bettany, who plays the Vision, revealed that he was not under contract for any more projects after WandaVision. At the time, some took that to mean his time in the MCU had come to an end. With Feige’s recent comments however, that does not appear to be the case.
Over the next couple of years, Marvel’s list of talent will continue to grow. Between film and Disney+ shows, the studio is looking to release as many as 11 projects a year. This means that you can expect many new characters to be introduced in the MCU.