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Marvel Executive is a Trump Backer, Says Armie Hammer

Marvel Entertainment Chairman Isaac Perlmutter has donated $600,000 to the president's re-election campaign.
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The announcement that billionaire Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, Equinox, and SoulCycle, is hosting a Hamptons fundraiser for Donald Trump sparked a boycott by some members of the gyms, including celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Billy Eichner. And now Armie Hammer has pointed out that there’s another Trump ally the public might want to pay attention to: Marvel Entertainment Chairman Ike Perlmutter.

"Hey, while everyone seems to be on this Equinox thing, it might be a good time to mention that one of Trump’s largest financial contributors is the chairman of Marvel Entertainment (Isaac Perlmutter),” tweeted the Call Me By Your Name star, “jussayin.”

The self-made Israeli-American businessman is famously reclusive—and famously close with Trump. According to The Hill, Perlmutter donated $600,000 to Trump’s campaign in 2019 alone. And last year, ProPublica reported that Perlmutter and two other Mar-a-Lago members were acting as "shadow rulers" of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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But while he heads Marvel Entertainment, which controls the brand's comics, animation, and pre-Disney+ TV shows like Netflix’s Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, Perlmutter is not in charge of Marvel Studios, which is behind films like The Avengers, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther. After reported tensions between Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Perlmutter, in 2015 Feige successfully pushed to reorganize the company so that he would report directly to Disney executive Alan Horn, leaving Perlmutter to oversee the brand's other arms.

Isaac Perlmutter, center, with Donald Trump and Reince Priebus at Mar-a-Lago in 2016,
in one of few publicly available photos of the reclusive billionaire.

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As his large donations to Trump suggest, Perlmutter doesn’t seem to be a progressive guy—something that may have seeped into his work at Marvel. Emails released from the 2015 Sony hack found him suggesting that female superheroes don’t make for successful films. And he reportedly justified Don Cheadle’s casting as Jim Rhodes in Iron Man 2 after Terrence Howard played the part in the first film by saying that black people all “look the same.” Movies announced since the studio’s reshuffling have been markedly more inclusive, with the upcoming projects of Marvels Phase 4 being the studio’s most diverse yet.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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