Activist investor Nelson Peltz, who is keen to win several seats on the Disney board, has reportedly criticised the studio’s “woke” strategy and seemingly questioned the record of Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige following last year’s disappointing box-office results from the studio.

Peltz recently gave an interview with The Financial Times and according to Variety had some comments to make about Marvel’s creative choices of late:

“Why do I have to have a Marvel [movie] that’s all women? Not that I have anything against women, but why do I have to do that? Why can’t I have Marvels that are both? Why do I need an all-Black cast?… I’m not ready to say [Kevin Feige should be removed as president of Marvel Studios], but I question his record.”

“Black Panther” does not have an all-Black cast, and “{The Marvels” does not have an all-female cast. Peltz also indicates he’s in agreement with comments from Disney’s Bob Iger last Fall about one thing: “People go to watch a movie or a show to be entertained. They don’t go to get a message.”

This is all leading up to Disney’s annual shareholders meeting on April 3rd with Peltz’s Trian Partners urging investors to vote in Peltz and former Disney CFO Jay Rasulo to get seats on the Disney board. Former Marvel Entertainment chairman Ike Perlmutter reportedly owns “78% of the shares that Mr. Peltz claims beneficial ownership of”.

In a new statement issued today, Peltz’s Trian claims it “supports Mr. Iger as a candidate for the board and as CEO” and that its goal was to replace certain Disney board members. Despite the statement, Trian withheld its votes for Iger’s re-election.

Source: Variety

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