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The linked articles describe meetings between SJ and Marvel Studios producers and writers as to what developments she'd like to see for her character. That seems to match up with the experiences related by other Marvel starring actors. For example, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo have both asserted in interviews about Thor Ragnarok that Marvel solicited their suggestions for story arcs for their own characters, and are now running with some of them.

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Actors and directors are given some leeway, but Feige keeps everything and everyone on a fairly tight creative leash. It's why the MCU has been so successful commercially, but it is also why some creatives quit (like Edgar Wright). The press likes to play up the artistic stamp each director puts on their movie, but its not like Feige lets them play auteur and do whatever they want with the piece of the MCU they're responsible for delivering to him.

 

Of the actors, RDJ probably wields the most power, even over many directors I imagine, but I doubt any of the others are allowed to have as loud an artistic voice as him. When they are "asked for their suggestions," that's Feige throwing them a bone and playing Nice Dad. But believe me, any suggestion that might compromise his vision for the MCU would be firmly rejected, you can be sure of that. At the end of the day these are his movies, and everyone inside Marvel Studios--and everyone working with them/him--knows it.

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Yes, you're right, he is giving them room to express themselves, so long as their vision doesn't compromise his. Maybe the phrase "tight leash" came across as too harsh, but from Disney's point of view, that is exactly what it is. Some have chafed at that leash, others have not. But the leash is still there, and it is very definitely doing its job (for the betterment of the brand, if you ask me).

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Meh, there's a difference between people quitting a movie and people not making a sequel.  For example there's been 24 official James Bond movies and 2 others, and no director lasts more than a few films.  They didn't "quit" they just didn't make every single film in a series.

 

A project like Marvel needs a strong visionary head, someone with a lock on what can and cannot be done, what fits the world and what does not.  That's how the Bond movies have been made (although lately that seems to have been slipping some).  Sometimes directors are going to have a problem with that, not because its unreasonable, but because they have their idea of how it should be or what they want made, and it may not fit the "Bible" on the movies.

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