Weave Iger has been the CEO of The Walt Disney Company since 2005. In the almost 15 years he’s held the activity Disney has become a flat out force to be reckoned with, particularly in the region of movies. Under Iger’s initiative we’ve seen the development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the arrival of Star Wars, and unbelievably fruitful true to life and energized films like Frozen and the Pirates of the Caribbean continuations. Of the apparent multitude of movies, Disney has created during his residency. Bounce Iger says the one he’s generally glad for is really an ongoing film, Marvel Studios’Black Panther.
Bob Iger also says that seeing the reaction to the movie at its World Premiere was a very special experience. It was one thing for Iger himself to believe the movie was great. It was something else to see the audience actually embrace it. Bob Iger reveals this in his new memoir Ride of a Lifetime.
And audiences certainly did embrace it. We heard stories about organizations buying out theaters so that young children could see the first POC superhero in the MCU on the big screen. The movie was an event for a lot of people. Seeing themselves represented as part of the biggest entertainment franchise in the world was important.
There’s a lot to be proud of when it comes to Black Panther. The movie made $700 million domestically and nearly as much internationally. It made more money at the domestic box office than even Avengers: Infinity War.
On top of the film’s commercial success, it was praised by critics almost universally. It was also nominated for seven Academy Awards and walked away with three of them earlier this year, the most successful night at the Oscars for a comic book movie ever.
Bob Iger will remain the CEO of the Walt Disney Company until 2021, at which time the man has already said he plans to step down. Perhaps there will be another movie in the next two years that will make him even prouder than Black Panther, but that seems like a pretty high bar to clear.