AEW President, Tony Khan, has spoken out about his belief that AEW’s mainstream success is equal to that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speaking to Shawn S. Lealos of CBR, the man who oversees AEW’s every decision made the surprising statement that the reach of his company is in the range of some of the most popular and profitable movies of the last few decades.
Though it’s unclear what the endgame of Tony Khan was, he had this to say when comparing the two franchises and the similarities on how they treat their fans:
“They really care about what their audience wants, and they go out of their way to hear their fans. We all have made our mission with AEW is to give a wrestling show that was giving the fans what they were missing in wrestling. I think we’ve carved out a great space for ourselves, similar to Marvel.”
Thinking about the type of success the movie mogul have had in sustaining an audience with movies that built over years to a massive blowoff, Khan stated that he would love that type of longevity for AEW:
“Obviously, I’d love to have the kind of mainstream success they’ve had. But within the world of wrestling, we’ve been extremely successful. And in the mainstream, we are very successful. I mean, we’ve got a top TV show. Since the news has dominated really the last eight-plus months, we’ve always consistently been in the top five non-news shows, often number one or number two, and that is great mainstream success. I’d like to get even bigger, and Marvel is a great company to try and aspire to be like them. I would absolutely take that comparison all day.”
Finally, Khan revealed his favourite movie of the various Marvel phases:
“[Iron Man is] still my favorite Marvel movie. I just think that’s a great movie. I don’t think it’s just a great comic book movie. It’s a great movie about ingenuity. That’s definitely my father’s favorite of the Marvel movies. My dad and I saw that, and my dad’s the smartest person I’ve ever known. And he really liked that movie. And so I know that there was something to it. If that makes sense. It wasn’t just fluff.”
Currently, AEW are locked in an infinity war with NXT on Wednesday evenings and will make it’s homecoming to Daily’s Place on December 2 for the civil war between Kenny Omega vs. Jon Moxley over the AEW World Heavyweight Championship.
Credit for the interview: CBR
h/t for the transcription: WrestleZone