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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 $4 billion. Iger said the acquisition will grow both Disney and Marvel.
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To move from the general to the specific, this appears to guarantee upheaval at Universal Studios Orlando. Universal has an entire theme park section devoted to Marvel comics and features a Spider-Man ride and Universal's flagship Hulk coaster! It will be interesting to see how it plays out.
Di$ney = Mediocrity. Soon we’ll have Spiderman / Hannah Montana crossovers.
Stan Lee hits another payday!
Not sure about that. I think Stan has troubles.
Expect a gay superhero............
Great. Now we’ll get more gay superheroes.
And Disneyworld sure could use an update. They should rename “Tomorrowland” to “Yesterdayland.”
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!
I don’t think Stan really has anything to do with Marvel anymore...does he?
Other than making cameo appearances in Spider Man movies.
Been there, done that, have Alpha Flight #1 as proof.
... in a no-holds barred battle to the DEATH!!! ;)
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.
Oh joy, Mickey Mouse Man or the X-Ducklings!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
I’ll bet $5 that Disney will be sending Thor to Anger Managment Class next week.
I swear FReepers are pyschic!
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.
I agree. Fox really messed up Deadpool but Disney will make him sing with teacups.
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.
Is there an echo in here? Read my initial comment :)
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.
I used to read Alpha Flight. Which character are you referring to?
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.
Stan Lee wrote but didn’t create all of the characters. Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko played bigger roles than just illustrators.
Stan doesn’t own anything with Marvel anymore I believe.
There are already gay superheroes in Marvel unfortunately.
don’t give stan lee any ideas for a new super hero...echopost...
(sorry about that, I should have posted to “all”)
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.
Ping for later
“Soon well 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.
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.
Nah. Thor is a hippy environment loving protestor.
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.
The X-Men movie franchise was an “argument” for gay rights. Casting an outspoken homosexual as a lead character was only icing on top.
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.
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.
But now they can subject Winnie to gamma rays and produce The Incredible Pooh...
Stitch vs. the Red X, now that I’ve got to see!
“Stan doesnt own anything with Marvel anymore I believe.”
Didn’t the Clintoons see to the fact that Stan Lee was ruined? Or at least maimed?