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Disney acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc.
Orlando Sentinel ^ | 31 Aug 2009 | Hal Boedeker

Posted on 08/31/2009 6:49:44 AM PDT by relictele

BURBANK, Calif. - Spider-Man and Iron Man have a new boss: The Walt Disney Co.

Disney announced this morning that it is buying Marvel Entertainment -- and the more than 5,000 Marvel characters.

They include X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor.

"This is a great fit for us," Disney boss Bob Iger told CNBC this morning. He said the acquisition was a way to attract more boys.

Disney said the transaction value is $50 per Marvel share -- or about $4 billion. Iger said the acquisition will grow both Disney and Marvel.

(Excerpt) Read more at orlandosentinel.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: acquisition; bigmedia; boycottdisney; clintonistas; comics; disney; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; marvel
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Disney not in the habit of betting on anything but a sure thing.

To move from the general to the specific, this appears to guarantee upheaval at Universal Studios Orlando. Universal has an entire theme park section devoted to Marvel comics and features a Spider-Man ride and Universal's flagship Hulk coaster! It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

1 posted on 08/31/2009 6:49:44 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Mr. Silverback; martin_fierro

PING!


2 posted on 08/31/2009 6:51:38 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: relictele

Di$ney = Mediocrity. Soon we’ll have Spiderman / Hannah Montana crossovers.


3 posted on 08/31/2009 6:52:01 AM PDT by rom (Israel got Saul before they got David. Where's our David?)
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To: relictele

Stan Lee hits another payday!


4 posted on 08/31/2009 6:52:31 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus)
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To: Tainan; doug from upland

Not sure about that. I think Stan has troubles.


5 posted on 08/31/2009 6:53:45 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit The law will be followed, dammit!)
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To: relictele

Expect a gay superhero............


6 posted on 08/31/2009 6:53:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other peoples' money...M. Thatcher)
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To: relictele

Great. Now we’ll get more gay superheroes.


7 posted on 08/31/2009 6:54:39 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: relictele

And Disneyworld sure could use an update. They should rename “Tomorrowland” to “Yesterdayland.”


8 posted on 08/31/2009 6:54:54 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Tainan

Can’t say I fault him - he’s fortunate to have lived long enough to reap the rewards for his incredible (no pun intended) creativity and those long years at the coalface.

Just imagine if Shakespeare, HC Andersen et al were able to collect royalties!


9 posted on 08/31/2009 6:54:56 AM PDT by relictele
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To: Tainan

I don’t think Stan really has anything to do with Marvel anymore...does he?


10 posted on 08/31/2009 6:55:04 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: NMEwithin

Other than making cameo appearances in Spider Man movies.


11 posted on 08/31/2009 6:55:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Red Badger

Been there, done that, have Alpha Flight #1 as proof.


12 posted on 08/31/2009 6:57:23 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: rom
VS.

... in a no-holds barred battle to the DEATH!!! ;)

13 posted on 08/31/2009 6:57:32 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: relictele

Disney has done well, so far, but it seems to me that they’ve lost their brand image. So far, they’ve managed to deal with that. But I must say that, when I was a boy long ago, I collected both Disney comics and Marvell comics, but I thought of them as two extremely different things.

To get back to the $2 billion, that may be a bridge too far in this collapsing financial situation.


14 posted on 08/31/2009 6:57:44 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: relictele

Oh joy, Mickey Mouse Man or the X-Ducklings!


15 posted on 08/31/2009 6:57:51 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: relictele

Does this mean we will never ever have to hear from the idiocy of Stan Lee ever ever again?

(I wonder what this does for the rides at islands of adventure over at universal. They were all marvel with the hulk roler coaster, the spiderman ride, the marvel super heroes wandering around...)

Given disney’s penchant for “sure things” perhaps this will start to eliminate the flop factor in their publications.


16 posted on 08/31/2009 6:58:28 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: relictele

i actually toyed with the idea of buying shares of marvel back in the mid 90s
had i done so i probably would not have to work right about now


17 posted on 08/31/2009 6:58:45 AM PDT by DM1
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To: rom

You’re spot on. Disney would never have hired Steve Ditko, for example, and I’m sure this will cock up whatever creative juices remain in the Marvel universe, except gay friendly themes and lots of tolerance.
Instead of the Fantastic Four fighting the skrulls we’ll get Heather’s two mommies fighting global wa- uh, I mean climate change.


18 posted on 08/31/2009 6:58:55 AM PDT by steve8714 (Invest now in Soylent Industries; the food of the future on display today at the local nursing home.)
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To: relictele

And comic-book enthusiasts the world over have a collective coronary....

Yes, Marvel and Disney are (mostly) respected companies, but I see this as nothing but bad for Marvel.

They’re probably popping champagne corks over at DC.


19 posted on 08/31/2009 6:59:02 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Obama: slowly sucking the positive attitude out of the US since 11-4-08)
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To: steve8714

Isn’t John Lasseter, from Pixar, the head of entertainment now at Disney. He’s pretty solid, and if he puts his stamp on the Marvel franchise, that would be a good thing. Think “The Incredibles.”


20 posted on 08/31/2009 7:02:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: hoagy62

I’ll bet $5 that Disney will be sending Thor to Anger Managment Class next week.


21 posted on 08/31/2009 7:02:10 AM PDT by Hodar (Who needs laws .... when this "feels" so right?)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal; Red Badger

I swear FReepers are pyschic!


22 posted on 08/31/2009 7:03:34 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: relictele

regarding your universal comment.

I wonder if this is some kind of manuver to do a same as.

Remember when Universal opened their park, Disney rushed and opened MGM studioes, now hollywood studios.

Now disney has a “me too” with the marvel heros so it does not matter that universal has spiderman because hollywood studios will have spiderman too. I can see the mass ads now.

Where should a family spend their hard earned money. At one park where the kids only get 1/2 of the menu of characters or at a disney park were all the characters can be found.

Disney is just looking for a generic fit. Also remember disney has essentially ignored boys. It is all princesses and they they throw in pirates as an afterthought.

They have to do SOMETHING to balance out the park or DisneyWorld, and the Disney brand, will turn into a sissified spoiled little girl buy me this daddy buy be that daddy park.


23 posted on 08/31/2009 7:07:36 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: hoagy62

I agree. Fox really messed up Deadpool but Disney will make him sing with teacups.


24 posted on 08/31/2009 7:08:08 AM PDT by discomatic
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
I'm with you...never could understand the hoopla over the recent crop of "gay" superheroes as if it is something new...

It was always understood that Northstar was gay from day one...as far as I know he was Marvel's first gay hero. It really was not a big deal back when Alpha Flight first came out.

25 posted on 08/31/2009 7:08:25 AM PDT by NMEwithin
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To: longtermmemmory

Is there an echo in here? Read my initial comment :)


26 posted on 08/31/2009 7:11:48 AM PDT by relictele
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

It has been tried and it has always failed.

Hence why Marvel was in such a mess under Stan Lee at the end.

Lee even sold his name.

He was trying to push “digital online” comic books lately. He is about 10 years behind the curve on that dead horse.


27 posted on 08/31/2009 7:12:27 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: relictele
Next up on ESPN: The X-Men X-Games.
28 posted on 08/31/2009 7:12:31 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("I can run wild for six months ...after that, I have no expectation of success" - Admiral Obama-moto)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

I used to read Alpha Flight. Which character are you referring to?


29 posted on 08/31/2009 7:12:54 AM PDT by relictele
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To: relictele

This isn’t about buying a comics publisher, it’s about buying their trademarked characters to license as toys, rides, games, and movies.

And Disney Corp’s empire just got a bit larger. Let’s extend copyright another 50 years so they can own all of America’s pop cultural icons.


30 posted on 08/31/2009 7:13:22 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: relictele

Stan Lee wrote but didn’t create all of the characters. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko played bigger roles than just illustrators.


31 posted on 08/31/2009 7:14:33 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: Tainan

Stan doesn’t own anything with Marvel anymore I believe.


32 posted on 08/31/2009 7:14:51 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: Red Badger

There are already gay superheroes in Marvel unfortunately.


33 posted on 08/31/2009 7:15:26 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: relictele

don’t give stan lee any ideas for a new super hero...echopost...

(sorry about that, I should have posted to “all”)


34 posted on 08/31/2009 7:15:30 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: a fool in paradise

Oh I agree 100%. I think Disney took a wait-and-see attitude and let others run the risk of producing the first batch of Marvel movies in the CGI era.

Now that these films are dead certs for making a profit Disney is happy to take over.


35 posted on 08/31/2009 7:15:59 AM PDT by relictele
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To: a fool in paradise
There is a certain irony in Disney's perpetual copyrights when so many of Disney's movies were animations and slight modifications of public domain fairy tales. Too bad the great-great...-grandchildren of the Brothers Grimm can't stick their hands out for a multi-billion dollar copyright violation lawsuit.
36 posted on 08/31/2009 7:16:03 AM PDT by KarlInOhio ("I can run wild for six months ...after that, I have no expectation of success" - Admiral Obama-moto)
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To: relictele
Disney announced this morning that it is buying Marvel Entertainment -- and the more than 5,000 Marvel characters.

Ping for later

37 posted on 08/31/2009 7:16:12 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (One man, alone! Betrayed by the country he loves, now its last hope in their final hour of need!)
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To: rom

“Soon we’ll have Spiderman / Hannah Montana crossovers.”

Well, there have already been Spiderman/Obama crossovers. How do you go down from there? Even Spidy/Hannah M is up from THAT.


38 posted on 08/31/2009 7:16:26 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: a fool in paradise
For some reason, this latest Avengers line-up just isn't working for me...


39 posted on 08/31/2009 7:16:31 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: longtermmemmory

Online comics were a bad investment. Because Stan Lee should know as well as anyone, that the money was to be made selling 4 copies of the same physical comic book to the speculators with inflated cover prices.

There is no resale of a digital online comic. Nothing to hang on the wall or get signed either. Without fandom comics in America would’ve been dead along with Big Little Books.


40 posted on 08/31/2009 7:16:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: Hodar

Nah. Thor is a hippy environment loving protestor.


41 posted on 08/31/2009 7:17:14 AM PDT by aft_lizard (Barack Obama is Hugo Chavez's poodle.)
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To: relictele

Great point. Marvel was already trending leftie in the mags, but the movies had remained fairly meat-and-potatoes. But Disney? Ugh. What used to be a byeword for quality and family-friendly movies has become a haven for homosexual-friendly messages. So, I guess we’ll see the Hulk “come out” and marry the Thing.


42 posted on 08/31/2009 7:17:50 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: KarlInOhio
Disney Corp. has been fighting the Milne estate to argue that Winnie The Pooh SHOULD be a public domain figure.
43 posted on 08/31/2009 7:18:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: Hodar
Or definitely will change how the whole subplot is viewed in “Adventures In Babysitting” talking about Thor being gay.
44 posted on 08/31/2009 7:18:57 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: LS

The X-Men movie franchise was an “argument” for gay rights. Casting an outspoken homosexual as a lead character was only icing on top.


45 posted on 08/31/2009 7:19:44 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Kennedycare?Recall that "Animal Farm" begins with a Socialist Revolution to honor Big Major's legacy)
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To: aft_lizard

hence Marvel’s present second rate status.

Marvel USED to be legendary in their incompetence in moving from pages to screen.

Once Sony too over, Spiderman was their first success. (anyone remember the FIRST spiderman trailer? the helecopter caught in a spiderweb between the twin towers.)

Homosexual characters = marketing flop and money wasted.


46 posted on 08/31/2009 7:20:34 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Cicero

The only Disney character who I could relate to was Scrooge McDuck. You can’t beat a guy who keeps all of his assets as cash lying loose on the floor in a huge building on top of a hill with giant dollar signs engraved on the sides.


47 posted on 08/31/2009 7:21:16 AM PDT by Carl LaFong (Experts say experts should be ignored.)
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To: a fool in paradise

But now they can subject Winnie to gamma rays and produce The Incredible Pooh...


48 posted on 08/31/2009 7:21:35 AM PDT by LRS (Just contracts; just laws; just a constitution...)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Stitch vs. the Red X, now that I’ve got to see!


49 posted on 08/31/2009 7:21:39 AM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: aft_lizard

“Stan doesn’t own anything with Marvel anymore I believe.”

Didn’t the Clintoons see to the fact that Stan Lee was ruined? Or at least maimed?


50 posted on 08/31/2009 7:23:38 AM PDT by television is just wrong (one bad ass mistake America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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