Marvel Studios has entered into its first basic cable distribution relationship for its self-produced movies through an agreement with FX. Under the terms of the five picture deal, Marvel Studios will provide FX with the rights to five of the studio’s upcoming feature films including this summer’s highly-anticipated Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, with the remaining films to be named by Marvel at a later date. The pact also includes significant FX marketing commitments in support of each film’s theatrical release. David Maisel, chairman of Marvel Studios, and Chuck Saftler, executive vice president of FX Networks made the announcement today.
“FX is a great home for Marvel Studios’ movies,” said Maisel. “Chuck; FX President and General Manager, John Landgraf, and his team have a strong understanding of the unique appeal of Marvel movies. This deal is a great vote of confidence for not only ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ but the overall launch of the new Marvel Studios.”
Iron Man arrives in theatres in North America on May 2, 2008. Marvel Studios’ The Incredible Hulk will be released on June 13, 2008.
The agreement with FX does not include broadcast television rights, Canadian rights or the second free TV window.
Source: Marvel Entertainment, Inc.