Quote:...So, I think they had minimal contribution in those films, other than consultants (maybe).
I'm not certain about that. My understanding is that Marvel Enterprises (now the Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment, for which Marvel Studios is a subsidiary) received production credit for Daredevil, the FF movies, and Elektra, as well as the horrific Punisher movies. The way I see it, Producers carry ultimate responsibility for the quality of the finished product because NOTHING happens without their explicit approval, from choosing a director to adopting a marketing strategy. Directors, in contrast, typically do not even have final decision power over seemingly "Director" matters like casting or selection of screenwriters. That is why, if a film objectively or subjectively does poorly, I assign the first-level of blame to the producers.
As you stated, in the case of the upcoming Thor 2 movie it seems that the primary producers (namely, Marvel Entertainment) are opting for a "budget stretching" approach in their selection of a director. Fair enough - they are paying the bills, not me. But although everyone hopes the result will be an enjoyable film, it is equally fair, even at this early stage of production, for us to express concern about that strategy. Do you know if any casting or screenwriter decisions have been made?
Kind of like how it is rumored that Kenneth Branagh will be creditted as an "executive producer" in Thor 2 with very little input (except maybe one or two meetings asking him how he feels about certain directions of the project). Marvel Studios have been asked the progress of Wolverine and Spider-Man, and they often have no idea because those characters are being done by other movie studios (namely Sony and Fox).
With regard to Electra, DD and FF, Marvel owns the characters, so they were consulted, but the overall feel of the movie still rest with their respective Studios. The only movies released by Marvel Studios, so far, are the following: Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, and now Avengers (and soon Iron man 3 and Thor 2).
Casting for Thor 2, so far, the one ones confirmed are Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and tom Hiddleston. The cast for the Warriors Three and Sif have expressed their intention to join the film, but I don't know if any of them have officially signed in (Jamie Alexander, for example, have said that she doesn't have the 6 picture deal that Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have). Screen-writers...they are still searching.