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http://www.newsarama.com/​​comics/​​090831-​​disney-​​acquire-​​marvel.html

I had to check the date to see if this was an April Fool's joke.

The ramifications of this are vast, spanning the comics line as well as Marvel's movie line. Eventually, when the current studio deals expire, Disney will naturally movie to place Marvel's movies under the Disney umbrella.

Could Iron Man show up in Hannah Montana? Dr. Strange and Spider-Man on the Wizards of Waverly Place? (a more natural place to integrate some Marvel characters since their show is based in NY). Will the Jonas Brothers show up in the pages of X-Men?

Ugh, I know waaaay too much about Disney Channel. Damn nieces and nephew.

I wonder how this will affect the Marvel characters at Universal Studios theme parks? Disney would naturally want Marvel characters integrated into Disney parks. Universal losing Marvel Islands of Adventure in Florida to Disney would be like Dr. Octopus losing two of his arms.

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On the bright side, I will be able to go to the Disney store and knock out Christmas shopping for my kids in one trip.
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That is crazy. I'm not too worried about the publishing catalog, but I am concerned about what this is going to mean for the movies once those deals revert to Disney studios. I mean, the great advantage Marvel had over DC in this regard was that they could shop their properties around until they found someone who would treat the property right, while DC was stuck with Warner Bros., who missed way more often than they hit. I know Marvel wasn't exactly batting a thousand, but their approach was working more often than not. At least we won't have to worry about this for a while, not while the terms of the original licensing deals are still in place.
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NOOOOOOO!!!!

Quesada is a dead man.


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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.96
    Originally posted by lotjx
    NOOOOOOO!!!!

    Quesada is a dead man.





This made me LOL. Please elaborate. Is he a dead man because he allowed this to happen? It's hardly his fault since he's just Editor in Chief; he doesn't control Marvel corporate decisions. Or is he a dead man because Disney will fire him as EIC? That I can get behind.
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My first thought is that I guess they won't have any edgy content under the Disney name. I guess characters won't die anymore and the few gay heroes will suddenly become straight (or at least be "not gay") as to not "offend" anyone.

At least it's Marvel and not DC. Could you imagine if DC was sold off to Disney and they tried to do Preacher under the Disney name?



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Now, I'm not holding my breath on this one, but maybe Disney knows what Marvel is and what they are about and will leave it well enough alone. They'll own it but won't run it.

Of course...that may not happen.

    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    Could Iron Man show up in Hannah Montana? Dr. Strange and Spider-Man on the Wizards of Waverly Place? (a more natural place to integrate some Marvel characters since their show is based in NY). Will the Jonas Brothers show up in the pages of X-Men?
When Disney bought Saban Entertainment (who produced the Power Rangers franchise) I kinda sorta had the same fears: that they'd put Mickey Mouse in there somewhere, but they didn't. Too bad that Disney's finished making Power Rangers - seeing PR vs. X-Men would be kinda cool

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http://www.comicbookresources.com/​?​page=article&​id=22747

UPDATE 8:30 AM PDT - There have been a number of developments since the initial press release about Disney’s acquisition of Marvel went out. Disney held a conference call with investors that just finished to discuss the deal and while much of it was focused on the financial aspect of the deal – with regards to both current and future opportunities – there were a number of comments concerning publishing and Marvel’s film slate that are of interest. The bullet points are:

* Existing licensing and distribution deals should remain where they are.
* Disney believes there’s real opportunity with the Marvel catalog of characters and will work on where those opportunities are greatest and how best to leverage them across the existing Marvel and Disney infrastructure.
* Disney executives went to great lengths during the call to make the point that they don’t pretend to be more expert than Marvel is in handling their characters, citing the hands-off relationship Disney has had with Pixar since the acquisition of that studio. Disney said Marvel manages the properties from a business perspective very intelligently and trusts them to make the right decisions for these products for a long time to come.
* Disney said the deal was attractive not just because they’re buying great characters, stories and brand, but about working with people who know these characters best and how best to work with them in other media.
* Again, referencing the Pixar deal, Disney finds working as one company with Marvel removes friction and creates value that’s very compelling. Licensing offers very attractive opportunities, but nothing is better than being one. International expansion of Marvel properties through Disney was cited as a potential growth area.
* Cable channel Disney XD is currently running about 20 hours a week of Marvel content and Disney has been looking to license more Marvel content and this deal gives them that opportunity as well as the opportunity to expose these characters internationally.<.li>
* With regards to video game publishing, Disney praised Marvel’s licensing agreements with some of the best video game producers and publishers in the business and said moving forward they will consider what’s best for each individual property as each licensing deal comes up for renewal and that there would likely be a blend of licensed and self-produced/self-distributed titles.
* With respect to Paramount’s distribution deal with Marvel and the Iron Man franchise, Disney has every intention to respect the deal that’s in place, but noted that it’s in their best interest, overtime, to become the sole distributor of Marvel films.
* Will Disney3D be used for Marvel movies? That will be determined by those who are in charge of producing Marvel’s theatrical films.
* When asked if there was potential for cross-polination between Marvel and Pixar, Disney said that Pixar’s John Lasseter has met with key Marvel creative executives recently and the group got “pretty excited, very fast.” Disney will look at all opportunities and thinks there are some exciting product that could come from this sort of partnership.
* Disney said this deal is expected to benefit Marvel’s retail efforts, being able to leverage Disney’s shelf space and relationships with major chains and distributors.
* The deal began when Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger reached out to Marvel Chief Executive Ike Perlmutter earlier this year. Again, Disney noted that they believe in the creative team at Marvel and see no reason to upset that applecart.
* Disney has not made any real estate decisions and sees no reason to move Marvel Studios from their headquarters in Manhattan Beach, California. No mention of Marvel Publishing’s offices in New York City was made.

In addition, Marvel Editor-In-Chief twittering this morning and has made some comments on the deal:

“G' morning, Marvel U! Welcome to this moment in history. Everyone relax, this is incredible news and all is well in the Marvel U.”

“Everybody take a deep breath, all your favorite comics remain unchanged and Tom Brevoort remains grouchy.”

“If you're familiar with the Disney/Pixar relationship, then you'll understand why this is a new dawn for Marvel and the comics industry.”

The Marvel/Pixar stuff definitely has me excited. Fantastic Four meets The Incredibles anyone? Or maybe not. But the Pixar brand of animation is an ideal fit for some of Marvel's more fantastic concepts and characters that would be too expensive to produce live action.


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Yeah, I hadn't even thought of the possibilities with Pixar getting involved. That sounds like something really great is going to come out of it. Like I said, I never expected them to make any changes to the comic books themselves. Like the WB/DC conglomerate, this sounds like it's just a licensing grab.
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My one and only dream project that I want to see come from this is...

FRED HEMBECK'S THE PUNISHER DESTROYS THE DISNEY UNIVERSE!

...make it happen Joe Quesada! MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!



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If this mean The Incredibles make it into the Marvel Universe proper, I'm all for it. Don't dismiss the Fantastic 4 crossover, Joe Q! That's a GOOD idea!

There's no indication that any of the Marvel films will be affected, which I can only hope is the case. I'd really hate for the Avengers film to get derailed. A lot of other potential film franchises could now maybe flourish under the Disney blanket. And it's not like the Spider-Man movie franchise was on top of the world right now anyway. I'd like to see what Disney has to offer now that Sony has successful made a movie version of Venom that sucked.

Disney XD was already heavy on Marvel content and I see that relationship getting better. The two animated shows not on Disney XD are Wolverine & The X-Men (awesome, AWESOME show) and Iron Man: Armored Adventures (not so much). Those two are currently broadcast by Nicktoons Network, which I can't see lasting much longer. It could turn into another Spectacular Spider-Man situation, where those shows see their second seasons air and conclude in Canada LONG before a settlement is reached for U.S. distribution.

Gaming shouldn't be affected, as Disney has noted that current gaming contracts will run through before further evaluation. Activision's deal (set to expire in 2017) staying safe is a particular relief, as they've released awesome comic book titles like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows (not to mention classics like the Spider-Man 2 movie tie-in), and the Ultimate Alliance series.

As for merchandising, retail, and general marketing schemes...well, hope no one was too attached to those Marvel rides at Universal Studios. Of course, it's not like any of those characters would fit in at Disneyland or Disney's California Adventure. Meaning...dare I say it...a MARVEL THEME PARK?

Come on...like you wouldn't love it.

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Spider-Man loves Mary Jane done in the High School Musical mold? License to print money.

Morbius the Living Vampire series to cash in on "Twilight"? Gold

Marvel Divas (great book!) as a replacement for Desperate Housewives? I'm sold, though I'm sure it'd probably die in the first year.

And really, those're three relatively low cost, quick to air shows given almost no thought. Hopefully Disney'll be more willing to actually use their characters than Warner Bros has been.

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Will Spider-Man host Sports Center tonight?



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    Originally posted by Zeruel
    My first thought is that I guess they won't have any edgy content under the Disney name. I guess characters won't die anymore and the few gay heroes will suddenly become straight (or at least be "not gay") as to not "offend" anyone.
Well, Disney is pretty (and surprisingly) hands-off with a lot of the stuff it owns; look at some of the things Miramax has done while under the Disney umbrella.

Also, about the "gay" thing -- Disney has offered benefits to same-sex partners for 14 years now (Click Here (nytimes.com)). This hasn't meant that their "Disney"-branded entertainment is all "yeah gays!" or anything but it's pretty cool and combined with my first paragraph -- I don't think your fears are anything to worry about. (Hopefully!)

    Originally posted by It's False
    Don't dismiss the Fantastic 4 crossover, Joe Q! That's a GOOD idea!
Speaking of F4, this is interesting:
    Originally posted by Variety
    Though Marvel Entertainment owns and finances properties like “Iron Man” and “Thor,” Fox controls “Fantastic Four” in perpetuity—as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties “X-Men,” “Daredevil,” and “Silver Surfer”[.]
Click Here (weblogs.variety.com)

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As a fan of comics I'm excited for this because it'll give me a lot more ways to enjoy these characters in the future. The very real possibility of Pixar/Marvel collaborations is the best news to come out of this.

As a fan of my finances I'm ecstatic that I bought all that Marvel stock in 2002.

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    Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
    Speaking of F4, this is interesting:
      Originally posted by Variety
      Though Marvel Entertainment owns and finances properties like “Iron Man” and “Thor,” Fox controls “Fantastic Four” in perpetuity—as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties “X-Men,” “Daredevil,” and “Silver Surfer”[.]
    Click Here (weblogs.variety.com)

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I'm hoping that indicated that there's interest in putting together another F4 movie because I loved the first two and would love to see another one. With the same cast, of course.



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    Originally posted by Oliver
      Originally posted by Karlos the Jackal
      Speaking of F4, this is interesting:
        Originally posted by Variety
        Though Marvel Entertainment owns and finances properties like “Iron Man” and “Thor,” Fox controls “Fantastic Four” in perpetuity—as long as it continues making the films. Fox has the same arrangement on Marvel Comics properties “X-Men,” “Daredevil,” and “Silver Surfer”[.]
      Click Here (weblogs.variety.com)

      --K


    I'm hoping that indicated that there's interest in putting together another F4 movie because I loved the first two and would love to see another one. With the same cast, of course.


Fox is apparently going to "re-boot" the franchise.

This may be a negotiating ploy to keep the original cast's price lower, similar to Futurama.

http://www.toplessrobot.com/2009/09/fox_calls_do-over_on_fantastic_four.php



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