Disney buys Marvel

No, not a comic. The whole company - for $4 billion!

In one of the more surprising announcements to happen along for a while, the Walt Disney Company has just bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.

While the full terms of the deal have not been announced, it gives the Mouse House ownership rights over more than 5,000 Marvel characters, including Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor and the X-Men.

But don't go expecting things to change overnight, though - the studios that Marvel already has existing partnerships with (Sony for Spider-Man, Paramount for Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers) are staying in place until their contracts run out.

It does mean, however, that Disney will likely be distributing Marvel movies in the future - and giving the company its full marketing weight, similar to the DC/Warners deal.

And in a conference call to announce the big signing, Disney president Robert Iger mentioned that Marvel honchos had had excitable early meetings with John Lasseter, which might point to Pixar/Marvel collaborations down the line. Exciting stuff...

[Source: Variety]

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    • AYBGerrardo

      Aug 31st 2009, 21:08

      Lasseter is Creative Director at both Disney and Pixar. I think it's more likely he's representing the former here, but we can dream...

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    • joker1709

      Aug 31st 2009, 22:32

      I pray that they dont ruin Marvel, I dont have that much trust in Disney.

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    • chesh

      Sep 1st 2009, 11:39

      I have minor fears about this. Disney are no the nicey nicey company they portray themselves to be. They'll strip Marvel clean (and more importantly ruin characters in the process)if they get the chance.............. Once they get their dirty little mouse claws in.................. We'll see.

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    • Ahmet1812

      Sep 1st 2009, 21:01

      I agree with chesh - they'll take the good characters, make them kiddie friendly and ruin all the good work marvel has done.

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    • RobbyRichmond

      Sep 1st 2009, 22:57

      can disney be any worse than that oxygen thief Tom Rothman?

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