Longtime Marvel Entertainment head of marketing and publicity Mike Pasciullo has passed away, according to a posting on Marvel.com today.
Born in 1972, Pasciullo worked at Marvel for 25 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Marvel Television & Entertainment, Marketing & Publicity and, according to prolific comic book author Frank Tieri, was not only good at his job, but also a friend to me as I have ever been.”
Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley said in a statement today, “Mike has truly been a lifelong Marvel player. His marketing savvy, determination, creativity, humor and kindness were shown to friends and fans every day. He understood that for any fan, each congress could be the only one, and he personally laid the foundation for them to leave not just happy, but in high spirits.
“Mike was our close friend and many others and I will miss him every day. I consider myself lucky that I called him my friend.”
Pasciullo has worked on many Marvel series such as The Avengers Assemble, guardians of the galaxy as well as Spidermanmore Agents of the Shield Marvelwhich he helped present at the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con. Pasciullo posted photos from the outing on Instagram, including shots with Stan Lee and series star Clark Gregg.
Today, Gregg retweeted Marvel’s announcement of Pasciullo’s death and wrote, “Spent many, many hours with Mike Pasciullo. He was a die-hard Marvel fan who was proud of his shows and their cast, as well as a wonderful, wonderful man. Sending love to my family.”
Spent many, many hours with Mike Pasciullo. He was a die-hard Marvel fan who was proud of his shows and their cast, as well as a wonderful, wonderful man. Sending love to my family. https://t.co/PBqbMFBxRj
—Clark Gregg (@clarkregg) June 22, 2022
Tieri recalled another Comic-Con moment in his Facebook post today:
This was SDCC before Ant-Man came along. They were getting ready for a screening or some other promotion of the movie when my friend Mike Pasciullo, dressed in a Philadelphia Flyers T-shirt, a back-to-front baseball cap and shorts, introduced himself to Michael Douglas. “Hello Mr. Douglas. I’m Mike Pasciullo. I’m the senior vice president of marketing for Marvel. Douglas looked at him. “Well,” Douglas said, “you definitely don’t look like Marvel’s SVP of Marketing.”
He often didn’t. Mike was a regular guy who drank Miller Lite, rooted for the Eagles, listened to Poison, and got too into the Rocky movies.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief S. B. Tsebulsky spoke in the same vein in his memoirs.
“Sometimes you meet someone and immediately realize that you will be friends for life, which happened on the day when Mike Pasciullo burst into my place,” Cebulsky wrote today. “Our shared love for Marvel comics, 80s metal bands and Philadelphia cheesesteaks made us just click each other. While Mike has always preferred to work more behind the scenes, without him, Marvel wouldn’t be where it is today. His legacy will last forever, and for those of us who knew him best, Mike will always live on in our hearts, wearing a Penn State hat, rooting for the Eagles, and trying to convince us that Poison was the greatest band of all time. “.