Perlmutter led Marvel during its sale to Disney and later served as executive chairman. During his 30-year tenure at Marvel, Perlmutter has been accused of holding back the inclusion of women and people of color in the studio’s films. In a set of leaked emails from 2014, Perlmutter claimed that past female-led superhero movies had failed, while Disney CEO Bob Iger’s memoir revealed that he had to overcome Perlmutter’s “obstacles” when getting movies like black Panther and Captain Marvel in production.
Beyond his infamous meddling in the course of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, here’s a list of some of the other scandals 80-year-old Perlmutter was allegedly involved in, which include (but are not limited to): allegedly bribing a New York City police officer York to expedite the process of renewing his gun license; who allegedly influenced the Department of Veterans Affairs using his connection to Donald Trump’s golf course; and a White lotus-esque legal dispute involving tennis courts, stolen DNA, and hate mail.
Most recently, Perlmutter helped spark a proxy fight at Disney by backing his longtime friend Nelson Peltz’s campaign to join Disney’s board. The two men share the same views on cost-cutting.