Press Release

Marvel Entertainment, LLC announced today that it has promoted Joe Quesada to Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment. In this new role, Mr. Quesada will work alongside Alan Fine, Executive Vice President, Office of the President and Chairman of Marvel Studios’ Creative Committee, to ensure that all portrayals of Marvel’s characters and storytelling remain true to the essence of Marvel’s rich history. Additionally, Mr. Quesada will provide creative oversight of all areas of Marvel’s business including theatrical, television, publishing, animation and games, while also actively participating in all story and script development for Marvel’s films and animation. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Quesada held the role of Chief Creative Officer & Editor-In-Chief, Marvel Animation & Publishing and oversaw the creative aspects of Marvel Comics and Marvel Animation. The announcement was made today by Mr. Fine, to whom Mr. Quesada will report.

Mr. Fine stated, “I am excited to have Joe join me as Marvel Entertainment enters the next chapter in our history. Joe has already played an instrumental role as Editor-in-Chief in changing the face of the comic book industry with bold new ventures and an unprecedented penetration of the mainstream consciousness. His love and passion for Marvel, along with his experience guiding publishing for the last decade, will be invaluable as we bring our characters to life in new media.”

“I am honored to take this new position at Marvel Entertainment and work with Alan to bring the rich history of Marvel to a brand new audience” said Mr. Quesada. “Together with the incredible talent here at Marvel, in all our divisions, I look forward to making Marvel an even bigger part of the entertainment industry and showing why we’ve been an industry leader for over 70 years.”

Mr. Quesada will also continue to serve as Editor-In-Chief, Marvel Publishing, where over the past decade he has helped usher in bold new imprints such as Marvel Knights, the Ultimate Universe and Marvel MAX. During his tenure, Marvel received acclaim for its Heroes special to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001; the groundbreaking Death of Captain America storyline; and President Obama’s historic team up with Spider-Man. Mr. Quesada is also one of the industry’s most popular artists, providing cover and interior art to blockbusters such as Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Invincible Iron Man and more.

About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel’s strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online. For more information visit

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  1. Dr. Bolty
    June 2, 2010 at 8:47 am — Reply

    So in other words, no adaptation of any Marvel hero will feature that character getting married.

  2. June 2, 2010 at 9:09 am — Reply

    So…uh…is this a change?

  3. Jacin B
    June 2, 2010 at 9:29 am — Reply

    The mouse shirt is a nice shoutout to his corporate owner.

  4. matthew
    June 2, 2010 at 10:04 am — Reply

    @ jacin

    he was probably forced to wear it. i have not bought a marvel comic in years… now that disney owns them i feel justified in continuing that trend.

    • Poddington
      June 2, 2010 at 10:58 am — Reply

      whats so wrong with disney, WB is no better! the corporate money jsut means that we will continue to get comics for the foreseeable future

  5. AmFan15
    June 2, 2010 at 10:56 am — Reply

    Ugh…so the guy who thought up Brand New Day, where Spider-Man makes a DEAL WITH THE DEVIL, is in charge of “ensure(ing) that all portrayals of Marvel’s characters and storytelling remain true to the essence of Marvel’s rich history.” I can’t even begin to tell you how disgusted I am.

  6. Alan
    June 2, 2010 at 10:58 am — Reply

    During his tenure, Marvel received acclaim for its Heroes special to commemorate the events of September 11, 2001; the groundbreaking Death of Captain America storyline; and President Obama’s historic team up with Spider-Man.

    I just think it’s hysterical that of the three Quesada achievements the article cites for which Marvel “received acclaim,” one was a storyline that has already hit the reset button and two were tawdry gimmicks designed to ride on the coattails of recent socio-political events.

  7. Poddington
    June 2, 2010 at 10:59 am — Reply

    i’m over the moon! Marvel has for the most part been excellent since he became EIC! no he’s got his hand in the movies it men no more dancing spider-man

  8. hercules in ny
    June 2, 2010 at 11:10 am — Reply

    I, for one, see this as a token gesture to show that some mouseketeer won’t start cramming Jonas Bros comics into the Marvel U. It’s better Quesada than some faceless production mogul.

    I think for all the disappointing moments in Marvel’s recent history there’s been as many if not more notable ones. Joe Q has almost singlehandedly made the company a viable commodity and brought it to the forefront of the industry. All I remember from Bob Harras’ reign is Age of Apocalypse and Onslaught; whilst Quesada made it more about the Marvel “Universe” and not just Marvel’s X-men.

    So the guy split up the webhead and his bird and the devil was in on it?! I have a sneaking suspicion we’re going to be looking back at the Return of Bruce Wayne with similar disappointment and nerd fury.

    • MaximusRift
      June 2, 2010 at 11:52 am — Reply

      So, comics is like politics where your judged more for your failures than your success? ;p

      Personally, I have issues when you let your desires make your decisions like that.

  9. MaximusRift
    June 2, 2010 at 11:45 am — Reply

    So Quesada gets more power. Great, just great. So I can look forward more of his nostalgia mucking up Marvel. Anybody wanna take bets on what gets his ‘holier-than-thou’ attention? ;p

    • theSuperAlbino
      June 2, 2010 at 3:24 pm — Reply

      He doesn’t have anymore power than he’s had since the inception of Marvel Studios, he’s been doing this “new” job for the past 2 years.

  10. chillidawg72
    June 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm — Reply

    “to ensure that all portrayals of Marvel’s characters and storytelling remain true to the essence of Marvel’s rich history.” Are you f***ing kidding me? When he’s the one who’s been screwing up the continuity for all these years?!! Give me a break.

  11. Brother129
    June 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm — Reply

    This move would make me more comfortable if someone else was officially hired as an “Assistant EIC”….seems like Joey Q, no matter what we think of him, is going to be spread too thin. I don’t think that could be good either way…

  12. Stephen
    June 3, 2010 at 8:03 am — Reply

    Guys, cut him some slack. Yeah, I have problems with Quesada, too, but this move was just corporate-speak for one more way Disney is integrating Marvel. That’s all.

    • chillidawg72
      June 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm — Reply

      Well, maybe this is Disney’s way of keeping him out of the way. As for cutting him slack, I don’t think so. No Slack For You, Quesada! :P

  13. Damascus
    June 7, 2010 at 4:04 am — Reply

    I like my comics no matter what. I’m not going anywhere, whatever happens, my love affair with these characters aren’t so easily tossed aside. If I only ever wanted to read the same old things over and over, I’d save a whole hell of a lot of money and just read what I’ve already got. Give me a devil deal and break up of a boring chick anyday. I can only have so much Spider-man constantly having Mary Jane and his Aunt being held hostage or victimized. That goes for all the characters. I like that Luke Cage is with Jessica Jones and has a baby, that’s a new direction for the character that I feel is working well. Had they not decided to switch things up a bit, he wouldn’t feel more like a real character with relatable problems to me. It’s what made me actually like him, all we need now is him back in the yellow silk shirt, chain belt, afro and tiara and I’m Golden.

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