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Disney acquires Marvel

by Brad Trechak, posted Aug 31st 2009 11:25AM

Spider-ManWhile this news doesn't only affect television, it does affect the industry enough to warrant a mention since both companies have historically had a television presence. Disney has purchased Marvel Entertainment for about $4 billion.

So does this mean we'll be seeing Spider-Mickey cartoons in the near future? Beats me. There are certainly benefits to Disney's acquisition. Marvel is predominately known as a comic book company and that market has been shrinking. However, the visibility of its characters has been growing due to the myriad of Marvel movies out there.

I'm sure words like 'synergy' and 'downsizing' are going to be used when describing this situation in the future. Will there be layoffs at Marvel? Should editor-in-chief Joe Quesada fear for his job?

My biggest concern is content interference on the part of Disney and the "toning down" of the more adult storylines and characters at Marvel in an effort to maintain the corporate image of its new parent. One can only hope that Disney lets Marvel be Marvel.

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ThatRonGuy

Oh Stan... once again you have let us down :(

August 31 2009 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Todd

Stan hasn't been in charge for quite a while. I grew up a diehard DC fan and see what can happen when you are owned by a huge corporation.

August 31 2009 at 8:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
litehousebeacon

Does this mean Marvel will publish the Incredibles comics now?

August 31 2009 at 1:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tom

Wow, Marvel really is a Mickey Mouse company now.

August 31 2009 at 12:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

I wonder if this will let Marvel regain control over the movie rights for X-Men and Spiderman?

August 31 2009 at 11:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian

Universal Studios is so screwed. They just lost the possibility of keeping the superhero-themed rides at their parks without shelling out massive licensing fees to the mouse.

August 31 2009 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

The Jonas Brothers will probably now be doing the theme song for Spiderman 4.

August 31 2009 at 11:42 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Galley

Howard vs. Donald: The Ultimate Showdown - coming soon to a theater near you

August 31 2009 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ashley Boyd

Well considering Disney owned companies have produced title such as Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction, The Others, 40 Days & 40 Nights, Kill Bill and countless others I don't think there is too much to worry about.

I presume its more of a "let's buy this company and increase profits" kind of approach then "let's cast the Jonas brothers as the new Spider-Man, Iron Man and Hulk".

August 31 2009 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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