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Disney buys Marvel!

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Wow.

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In a truly surprising Monday morning development, The Walt Disney Company announced that it has purchased Marvel Entertainment for the whopping price of $4 billion. According to the press release, "Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters." Robert Iger, President of Disney said the deal combines "Marvel's strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney's creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties."



This obviously has a big impact on the future of the Marvel characters. As of now Marvel partners with Universal Studios and their "Islands of Adventure" including rides based on Spider-Man and Hulk. And obviously Marvel has a number of movies in development at studios other than Disney. I don't believe we'll see any big impact on either in the near future but what it means further down the line remains to be seen.

This news is still developing so as we learn more (and what it means to the future of Marvel), we'll update this story accordingly. For now, if you're interested, you canread the full press release here [http://www.marketwatch.com/story/disney-to-acquire-marvel-entertainment-2009-08-31-9050].



UPDATE - On the shareholder conference call, Disney said that all current and future film deals that were negotiated by Marvel will stay in place. They feel those deals were well developed and Disney has no intentions of trying to reclaim any of those properties for their film unit. For the time being. They do believe that it is "in our best interest if over time we ended up as the sole distributor of these theatrical release films."



UPDATE 2 - When asked about the possibility of a Marvel/Pixar team up, it was revealed that John Lasseter met with the key creative staff at Marvel last week and everyone got "pretty excited very fast." They said there is a "definite opportunity" for that kind of collaboration and that "exciting products" will c ome from that partnership.

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Hmm. Stan Lee joins the Mickey Mouse Club. I stopped reading the comics long ago but I still go & see most of the movies based on the characters. I thought Marvel had been in financial trouble for a long time? Too bad they flooded the comic world when I did read their comics, leaving most of my old ones worth not much more than the cover price.

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For the most part i think Disney will keep their hands out of the (comic)books and other Marvel mediums, such as Movies, etc... if anything Disney will probably add some kick ass rides at their amusement parks after they have Universal put a stop to theirs. Disney has put out No Country, Doubt, Kill Bill 1 & 2, among others. I highly doubt they'll stick their hands in like Fox normally do. Like i said, IF anything, a possible team-up between Marvel & Pixar is pretty exciting. Plus, more possibilities of TV Shows, DTV, etc...

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When I was at the gym tonight, there was this one guy ranting about this. He kept yelling on his phone how he wanted to walk into the board room, take the contract, pull down his pants and shit on it. Then he proceeded to tell everyone around him the same thing over and over. The worst part of it was he kept following me, not on purpose but still. Jeez, it sucks, but take your 50 year old, graying dreadlocked, dumbass out of here. I've got to remember to start bringing my Ipod.

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aww, so they are going to incorporate hidden porn images in Marvel movies and cartoons?

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