Avi Arad

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Avi Arad
אבי ארד‎
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Arad at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con
Born (1948-04-18) April 18, 1948 (age 72) [1] [2]
Occupation Film producer, businessman
Years active1993–present
Notable work
Marvel Studios (founder and producer)

Avi Arad ( /ˈɑːviˈɑːrɑːd/ ; Hebrew : אבי ארד; April 18, 1948) [1] [2] is an Israeli-American businessman and film producer who became the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s and soon afterward became the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, a Marvel director and the chairman, CEO and founder of Marvel Studios. [3] Since then, Arad has produced a wide array of live-action, animated, and television comic book adaptations including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , the 2019 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature.

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Early life and career

Arad was born in 1948 in Ramat Gan, Israel, [2] to a Jewish family. The son of Holocaust survivors from Poland, he grew up reading Superman and Spider-Man comics translated into Hebrew. In 1965, he was conscripted as a soldier into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He fought in and was wounded in the 1967 Six-Day War, and spent 15 days recuperating. Arad finished his military service in 1968. [1]

In 1970, Arad moved to the United States and enrolled at Hofstra University to study industrial management. He worked as a truck driver and Hebrew teacher to put himself through college, and graduated with a BBA in 1972. [1] [4]

Marvel Comics

Along with Israeli-American Toy Biz co-owner Isaac Perlmutter, Avi Arad came into conflict with Carl Icahn and Ron Perelman over control of Marvel Comics in the wake of its 1996 bankruptcy. In the end, Arad and Perlmutter came out on top, with Toy Biz taking over Marvel Comics in a complicated deal that included obtaining the rights to Spider-Man and other superheroes that Marvel had sold earlier. He was involved in Marvel's emergence from bankruptcy and the expansion of the company's profile through licensing and movies.

Later career

On May 31, 2006, Arad resigned his various Marvel positions, including his leadership of Marvel Studios to form his own production company, Arad Productions, a company that primarily produces Marvel-licensed films separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe [3] . His first non-Marvel film was 2007's Bratz . Future ventures include: manga adaptation Ghost in the Shell ; an adaption of Brandon Mull's best-seller teenage fantasy, Fablehaven ; an adaption of James Patterson's award-winning teenage novel Maximum Ride ; the adaptations of two Sony PlayStation properties, Uncharted [5] and infamous , [6] and an adaptation of Hideo Kojima's video game Metal Gear Solid . [7]

On August 25, 2010, it was announced that Arad was given a chair with the American branch of animation studio Production I.G in Los Angeles, California. [8]

Producer filmography

YearTitleProducerExecutive
Producer
Notes
1993 King Arthur and the Knights of Justice NoYesTV series
Double Dragon NoYes
The Bots Master NoYes
1994 Iron Man NoYes
Fantastic Four NoYes
Spider-Man NoYes
1996 The Incredible Hulk NoYes
Generation X NoYesTV pilot
1998 Silver Surfer NoYes
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. NoYesTV movie
Blade NoYes
1999 Spider-Man Unlimited NoYes
The Avengers: United They Stand NoYes
2000 X-Men Evolution NoYes
X-Men NoYes
2001 Mutant X NoYesCreator
2002 Blade II NoYes
Spider-Man NoYes
2003 Daredevil YesNo
X2 NoYes
Hulk YesNo
2004 The Punisher YesNo
Spider-Man 2 YesNo
Blade: Trinity NoYes
2005 Elektra YesNo
Man-Thing YesNo
Fantastic Four YesNo
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand YesNo
2007 Ghost Rider YesNo
Spider-Man 3 YesNo
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer YesNo
Bratz YesNoNominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2008 Iron Man YesNo
The Incredible Hulk YesNo
2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance YesNo
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man YesNo
2013 Robosapien: Rebooted YesNo
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures NoYes
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 YesNo
2015 Air Bound NoYes
2016 Kong: King of the Apes NoYes
2017 Tarzan and Jane NoYes
Ghost in the Shell YesNo
Spider-Man: Homecoming NoYes
Super Monsters NoYesAlso creator
2018 Venom YesNo
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse YesNo
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home NoYes
2020 Shooting Star YesNo
2021 Morbius YesNo
Venom: Let There Be Carnage YesNo
Uncharted YesNo
Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequelNoYes
2022Untitled Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequelYesNo

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