Insiders Cast Doubt On The Veracity Of Variety's Claims In Recent Marvel Studios' "Hit Piece"

Insiders Cast Doubt On The Veracity Of Variety's Claims In Recent Marvel Studios' "Hit Piece" Insiders Cast Doubt On The Veracity Of Variety's Claims In Recent Marvel Studios' "Hit Piece"

Variety recently took aim at Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but several reliable sources have since cast doubt on the trade's claims, suggesting it may be an orchestrated hit piece.

By JoshWilding - Nov 02, 2023 04:11 PM EST
Filed Under: Marvel Studios

Yesterday, Variety published a piece about Marvel Studios' recent misfortunes. Adorning the cover of the site's latest issue, the story sets out to get across the fact that all is not well in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

When it comes to the trades, people tend to trust what they have to say because, unlike supposed scoopers and insiders, they have legitimate sources. However, people are now casting doubt on the validity of the story due to the fact it was written by controversial journalist Tatiana Siegel. 

A quick Google search reveals that Siegel has come under fire on several occasions, while one fan has rounded up just some of the reasons they believe the information shared in this report shouldn't be trusted. 

Has Siegel penned an anti-Marvel hit piece? That's not for us to decide, though many reporters and social media personalities are casting doubt on Variety's claims about both Blade and The Marvels

Collider, for example, claims, "We have heard this report is not true and she was very much involved in the editing process while based in London." Even a former Blade writer was left scratching his head over the suggestion the Daywalker had been made a supporting character in his own movie. 

Having combed through our archives, even the story's scoops - Doctor Doom, the return of the original six Avengers, and talk of a female-led Blade movie - can be traced back to Reddit posts and scoopers. One insider even argues Variety has sensationalized those rumours to appeal to a certain segment of its audience. 

There's a definite anti-superhero narrative being pushed among certain outlets and reporters in Hollywood, with some seemingly trying to will the genre out of existence like Thanos decimated half of all life in the universe in Avengers: Infinity War

It's all up for debate at the moment but there are problems in Marvel Studios that, as of now, it seems Kevin Feige is attempting to address. 

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Kurban - 11/2/2023, 4:07 PM
I mean even if it’s all fake, none of that changes the fact that Marvel is only getting worse and worse.
Gabimaru - 11/3/2023, 1:02 AM
@Kurban - There is a truth behind it. i mean every studio will s#!7 their pants if it's not producing anymore money.
Oberlin4Prez - 11/2/2023, 4:07 PM
If this were DC it'd take Josh weeks to write this. Anything to protect the precious
marvel72 - 11/2/2023, 4:18 PM
@Oberlin4Prez -

Usernametaken - 11/2/2023, 4:07 PM
mytimetoshinetohello saying that varitey is wrong is kind of hilarious.

JFerguson - 11/2/2023, 4:14 PM
@Usernametaken -
THEREALPAPERKUT - 11/2/2023, 4:44 PM
@Usernametaken - At the end of the day, reporters aren't infallible, and have their own interests. Just look at the Hasan Minhaj/New Yorker situation.
LeDiableBlanc - 11/2/2023, 6:16 PM
@THEREALPAPERKUT - Hasan is a comedian, not a reporter.
McMurdo - 11/2/2023, 10:34 PM
@LeDiableBlanc - no Hasan thinks he is a comedian. He's actually just a gigantic grifter.
SauronthePower - 11/2/2023, 11:36 PM
@JFerguson - like Bill and Frank toast???
Skestra - 11/2/2023, 4:08 PM
Pick a side, Josh, and stay with it.
MaxPaint - 11/2/2023, 5:01 PM
@Skestra - He's on the side of greed.
SirDuckAlot - 11/2/2023, 4:09 PM
Damage control time.
soberchimera - 11/2/2023, 4:09 PM
It's not a hit piece if it's true.
tmp3 - 11/2/2023, 4:11 PM
Twitter bums don’t count as insiders, and it only makes the journalism on this site somehow look even more bush league
DrReedRichards - 11/2/2023, 4:17 PM
@tmp3 -

Take it from someone with a clear pro-MCU bias who looked that author up (and found nothing) after reading that article.

While she's clearly not the cunning and manipulative demon of dishonesty those tweets try to paint her as, there is still some sense of reason to their reaction. No author can start their article by calling the brand's earned conficence "cocky" and then end it with someone else's praise for the same brand only to feign balance after a clearly one-sided take.
AllsGood - 11/2/2023, 4:11 PM
OFF TOPIC But Marvel I'm not the only one.

Loki Season 2 Is Continuing a Bizarre Kang Trend That Can't Go on Forever.

Kang the Conqueror has been portrayed as weak in the MCU, as he has been defeated and killed off in each appearance, hindering his ability to prove his strength.

The upcoming Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will feature Kang as the primary antagonist, but given his track record, it seems easy for the Avengers to defeat him.

Marvel Studios has the opportunity to strengthen Kang's character and prove his power before the release of Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, potentially by reversing the deaths of some of his variants or exploring their fates further.

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DarthAlgar - 11/2/2023, 4:25 PM
@AllsGood - No thanks, Sir Copy & Paste.
MyCoolYoung - 11/2/2023, 4:39 PM
@AllsGood - there's only been one Kang that we've seen have control over time every other kang has been in places where time doesn't matter.

This criticism has been weird to me
soberchimera - 11/2/2023, 4:40 PM
@AllsGood - If they just do a live action adaptation of the Kang episodes from EMH, the movie should be pretty amazing.
TheVisionary25 - 11/2/2023, 4:43 PM
@MyCoolYoung - plus , I guess you could say He Who Remains was an antagonist but wasn’t really a villain i feel (atleast completely)

Timely is/was an ally while the only villainous one has been the one from Quantumania

We might not have even met the prime version

It’s obvious that they are taking a different approach to Kang then just building up a singular villain akin to Thanos.
TheGrayGhost - 11/2/2023, 6:07 PM
@AllsGood - Whole Phase leading up Secret Wars should have been Empire Strikes Back type of vibe with Kang winning against whichever/every sect of Avengers he comes across, causing them to need to come together. Only exception being Loki S1 ending with He Who Remains dying, starting the war.

Fine with him losing the battle in Quantomania but Janet should have been killed on his way out and Kang clearly shown escaping the Quantum Realm without his army (he may have survived anyway technically but that's TBD I guess).
MyCoolYoung - 11/2/2023, 8:46 PM
@TheVisionary25 -

One of the biggest things people forget is Kang is just a man with tech. Prime Kang would mop the floor with the avengers. The conqueror in antman would've beat them but time doesn't work in quantum realm
ShellHead - 11/2/2023, 4:16 PM
Seems like it was written exactly for the miserable dorks that comment the same thing on every MCU article on this site
Origame - 11/2/2023, 4:18 PM
@ShellHead - yes, it was written to trigger you 🤣
ShellHead - 11/2/2023, 4:20 PM
@Origame - homie you gotta come up with another word besides "triggered" this isn't a Facebook comment section from 2012
marvel72 - 11/2/2023, 4:26 PM
@ShellHead -

Origame - 11/2/2023, 4:27 PM
@ShellHead - great comeback bub.
ShellHead - 11/2/2023, 4:29 PM
@marvel72 - thanks for proving my point about y'all being dorks
marvel72 - 11/2/2023, 4:36 PM
@ShellHead -

comicfan100 - 11/2/2023, 6:43 PM
@ShellHead - Ooof!!!
marvel72 - 11/2/2023, 4:23 PM
True or false,I don't know but it still doesn't take away from the fact that the MCU is pretty crap for the most part.
DarthAlgar - 11/2/2023, 4:27 PM
How much did they give you, Josh?
Goldboink - 11/2/2023, 4:27 PM
Pot, meet Kettle
HistoryofMatt - 11/2/2023, 4:31 PM
Disney shill Josh says don't believe anything what you've read, or you know, seen with your own eyes, about how Disney / Marvel / Lucasfilm is currently in shambles after releasing terrible movies and television shows.

Sure. Suuuuuuure.
EskimoJ - 11/2/2023, 5:49 PM
@HistoryofMatt - I mean, he literally presented both sides in separate pieces.
ImBatman4realz - 11/2/2023, 6:32 PM
@HistoryofMatt - lol my thoughts exactly! How many post-icles is he going to make with his various aliases, defending this pile LMFAO
McMurdo - 11/2/2023, 10:37 PM
@HistoryofMatt - can we get a South Park episode on Josh Wilding?
videovac - 11/2/2023, 11:44 PM
"can we get a South Park episode on Josh Wilding?" - @McMurdo

I think we already did.
regularmovieguy - 11/2/2023, 4:42 PM
Did anyone actually read the report? It's pretty substantive and they back up a lot of their claims.

1.) Blade has been in development for years at this point. They've gone through two directors and how many drafts of a script?
2.) They're painting themselves into a corner with the Loki finale. They couldn't re-write or reshoot due to the strikes and are unsure of how they're going to reverse course on Jonathan Majors. We'll know more about this with the Loki finale?
3.) Marvel's D+ series are overbudgeted and the vfx workers at Marvel have unionized after how they were treated on Quantumania. Not sure how any one can argue this? This has been widely reported for a while
4.) Nia DaCosta left The Marvels to work on another project - again, this isn't anything new with Marvel. Their secondary units fingerprints are all over these movies. Even in Wakanda Forever with JLD and Everett Ross, those scenes did not feel like they were directed by Coogler. This wouldn't be surprising to me at all.
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