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Disney’s Bob Iger Throws Black Female ‘Marvels’ Director Under the Bus

Mouse House CEO blames film's failure on 'lack of supervision' for Nia DaCosta's title

Bob Iger is in damage-control mode. Again.

Disney’s past and present CEO is trying to repair the damage done to the iconic American company while explaining away the Mouse House’s recent failures.

It’s a tough mission even for a seasoned executive like Iger, and some of his proclamations leave more questions than answers.

Iger has vowed to “quiet” the company’s culture war measures and, more recently, downplay the studio’s left-leaning messages on screen. Meanwhile, he’s yanked advertising from X due to Elon Musk’s alleged anti-semitism, a false narrative pushed by the Left.

He’s also trying to explain why “The Marvels,” part of the wildly popular MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) stumbled so badly at the box office last month.

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To do so, he had to indirectly smear the film’s black female director, Nia DaCosta.

“The Marvels” is the first MCU film to be helmed by a black female director, period. Now, Iger is saying the “Candyman” reboot director needed extra help to make the movie better.

And it never arrived thanks to COVID-19.

Iger shared his views during the recent New York Times’ DealBook Summit.

“The Marvels was shot during COVID … there wasn’t as much supervision on the set, so to speak, where we have executives [that are] really looking over what’s being done day after day after day.”

Did DaCosta require “mansplaining” to get the MCU just right?

The director hasn’t taken kindly to criticism since “The Marvels” debuted. She blasted her critics in the cruelest ways possible.

“There are pockets where you go because you’re like, ‘I’m a super fan. I want to exist in the space of just adoration — which includes civilized critique,” she explains. “Then there are pockets that are really virulent and violent and racist — and sexist and homophobic and all those awful things. And I choose the side of the light. That’s the part of fandom I’m most attracted to.”

“The Marvels” wasn’t the first time a relatively green director got the keys to a superhero kingdom. The recent “Spider-Man” films were directed by Jon Watts, whose biggest claim to fame prior to the web-slinger movies was the indie film “Cop Car” with Kevin Bacon.

The Russo brothers, who directed “Captain America: Winter Soldier” before tackling two “Avengers” blockbusters, also brought a modest resume to the gig.

Their 2006 comedy “You, Me and Dupree” hardly screamed, “hire them for the MCU!” It all worked out beautifully both for Disney’s MCU and Comic Con Nation.

8 Comments

  1. Was there a better mic-drop moment than when Elon Musk detailed exactly what the woke CEOs who pull advertising from X can do with themselves? Especially when he called out Bob by name?
    Priceless.

  2. Woke is going to make Disney broke! As Budweiser found out when they hired Dylon Mulvaney to hawk Bud Light Beer, if you want to make money $$$$$ you can’t pander to 3% of the population.

  3. So, when did Hollywood stop holding the director responsible for the failure of the production?

    I know. Just a little humour. Of course, it wasn’t her fault.

  4. DaCosta is a real gem. Who’d want to risk hiring her in the future? All of her future failures will result in unhinged tirades against those who don’t look and feel like she does, in her “space” and “representation”, blah blah blah. Damn, these are supposed to be adults yet act like shallow 6th graders. Ugg. Hopefully she’s done and gone.

  5. She left the movie during post-production for starters. Plus this is what happens when you give people awards just for showing up – they think that “just showing up” is enough. There’s enough blame to go around, but Disney needs new leadership.

  6. Stop with the race baiting. WE HAVE ALL HAD ENOUGH. Just because she is an almighty, mythical, magical black woman DOES NOT MEAN SHE IS A GOOD DIRECTOR. We all know that if this movie was directed by anyone who was white, man, woman, polar bear, we would not hear a peep. But of course, in these ridiculous times, all you have to do is be black to get away with ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. This isn’t journalism, it’s CRAP.

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