Disney Acquires Marvel

Disney, that huge powerhouse that makes anything and everything, is aquiring Marvel studios. That means all of over 5,000 characters will now be owned by Disney. What will this mean for our favorite Superheroes? Will they be dumbed down to cater to the young Disney audience, or will they remain true to their Marvel origins that we so dearly love?

With many new game releases for Marvel, including Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2 as well as the upcoming releases of Marvel anime series for Iron Man, Wolverine, Blade and X-Men, this looks to be a very fruitful aquisition for Disney. Our Marvel Universe will now be in the hands of a giant that has the power to spread the Marvel Universe to every corner of the earth...oh Disney.

A positive or negative? Time will tell.

Disney Aquires Marvel article @ Disney.com

8 years, 3 months ago
TomHarrigan
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Short answer: nothing will change.

I feel like that is my usual answer to Tom's threads, but honestly, people are very forgetful.

Forgetful how? Remember when Time Warner/Warner Bros. bought the rights to DC comics ages ago? As a result, we just had more time blocks of DC shows on the WB. If anything, it was awesome since we got more comic-related material. I was never really into comics (though if I happened upon one that looked interesting, I'd grab it).

Many years later, Marvel folds to Disney; a wealthier, more powerful studio and often rival of WB (the Mickey vs. Bugs wars of my childhood). Given inflation, time, and a weak economy, this could be just as big or small as the WB purchase.

Will it end up changing anything? No, if they are smart, that is. They simply own the rights and they MIGHT do a crossover or a nod to Disney every now and then. But honestly, I don't think it will have a major impact on the current readership. Maybe, at best, business decisions will differ.

It is a shame that DC wasn't bought out by Disney. Then we really would have had the most epic battle ever: Batman vs. Darkwing Duck!

8 years, 3 months ago
GooieGreen
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i hoping that it will stay they same and that superheroes that we have come to love won't become bubblegum flavored. I guess all we can do is wait and see.

8 years, 3 months ago
kemistri
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From following the different branches of Marvel on twitter, it seems that everything is going exactly the same, no changes. I'm glad it's business as usual for them, and that they don't need to walk around the office wearing a pair of Mickey ears...

Marvel vs. Disney: The battle for Magic Kingdom - The new video game!



...jk guys, though it would be a sweet play off of Marvel vs. Capcom and mvc2

8 years, 3 months ago
TomHarrigan
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So THAT'S what Rebecca was talking about! Ugh, this sucks. Even though I agree with GooieGreen and think there won't be any real changes, It's SO WRONG!!! Disney is seriously taking over the world. Just wait. Soon we'll all be living in Mickey Mouse shaped apartment complexes with paintings of classic disney characters hanging in every room because it's REQUIRED and they'll all have creepy hidden cameras in them so that disney can watch our every move.

Not really.

But seriously! It's just not right.

8 years, 3 months ago
Kayla
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This is how I believe Disney will act in the future.

Disney is becoming a monopoly company. They already own Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and various other channels. They are buying up some gaming companies, and they just bought Marvel. I've also hear rumors of possible anime licenses being purchased by Disney. Disney is trying to encroach onto what is currently "popular", and right now that is anime and manga/comics. Disney will continue to swallow up companies in the effort to increase their revenue and will eventually consume some anime company or another. Once this happens, we will begin to see the "more talented" voice actors (according to Disney), such as the Jonas Brothers or Hanna Montana (Miley Cyrus), being cast for roles in anime dubs.

But I need to be more direct in the issue of Disney's acquisition of Marvel Comics. I honestly think that there will be NO changes with them for a while. Of course, it's Disney so there will be some changes to the base structure of Marvel eventually - however, I doubt that the higher-ups at Disney are stupid enough to risk this huge investment at such a crucial time. With the Thor, Captain America, Iron Man 2, Avengers, and other movies on the way, Disney could completely destroy their reputation as a company if they change Marvel at this point in time. Not to mention the upcoming release of a few new Marvel created video games to throw into the mix.

Disney most likely won't ruin Marvel, nor will there be any significant changes within Marvel for the time being. It would just be stupid if they did, 'cause they could lose a rather large sum of money if they attempted to do so. I give Marvel's fate a 50/50 chance in the hands of Disney. Disney has been taking a much darker tone recently and has stepped away from their "kid friendly only" path quite a bit. With some dark movies being released and the upcoming game "Epic Mickey" Disney isn't looking as bad as it has in previous years. But, we are talking about Disney, so they could completely back-track and screw over Marvel in an instant. The future is never certain on matters such as this, but I am rather disturbed by the pessimistic views that most of you seem to have on this matter. Disney isn't stupid (not saying that they are smart though), they won't waste an investment that is this large.

8 years, 3 months ago
Albireo
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I want Spiderman in Kingdom Hearts III.

Now.

8 years, 3 months ago
KaminaSama
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Or in the next Marvel Vs. DC comic or game or whatever The Incredibles will be in it. That would be...... interesting, for want of a better term

8 years, 3 months ago
KaminaSama
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Wow, this is sooooo wrong...I mean someday Disney's gonna take over the world!!! They already own the rights to the happy birthday song. Now Marvel. It's upsetting to see these treacherous events take place.

8 years, 3 months ago
maria
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Based on Marvel's recent movements with Japanese animation relations and other things, the timing is too perfect. Disney really appears to be going for a monopoly on the Western animation industry that is going to suffocate any of the small animation groups from ever rising up in the world...unless they sell out to Disney. I applaud them for having an open mind, but I really don't have much else to say on the matter other than...

I c wat u did thar. >_>

8 years, 3 months ago
Nina
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all i have to say is this is really depressing!!!!!!! :(

7 years, 7 months ago
marcus
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