Monday, August 31, 2009

Mickey Meets Marvel

The hot news of the day is that the Walt Disney Company bought the Marvel Comics Group for $4 billion dollars. No, this is not an April Fool's Joke! It is the real deal!

What does this mean for fans of Spidey, the X-Men and the Avengers? It is unclear at this time as far as movies and television are concerned since the rights to the characters are tied up between various movie studios and television companies and it will be a while before the licenses expire.

I have mixed feelings about this merger. On one hand, Disney is known for their animation. They do it well and have built a legacy on it. Would they be able to make a Marvel cartoon up to the caliber of their other animated series? Gargoyles is a great example of a solid Disney-produced superhero cartoon, so I think it could be done. And a Marvel movie by Pixar could be huge!

Plus, Marvel shows already make up a majority of the programming on the newly retooled Disney XD network. Maybe having the shows actually be in-house would mean that they get even better treatment than Spectacular Spider-Man is now.

But on the other hand, Disney's constant strive to create family programming may hinder the PG-13 line of DVDs. But who knows, maybe they just won't put their name on the product.

Also, I love the Muppets and have been really annoyed at the poor treatment the Jim Henson Company has been getting from Disney. I find that kids these days don't even know who the Muppets are and that is a very sad thing. I don't really think this would happen with Marvel, but your never know.

I hope that the situation will be similar to the DC Comics/Time Warner relationship which hasn't really affected the production of comics, with the studio footing the bill for the features.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject! Please be professional and keep your language clean or your comments will not be approved.


Orphen said...

I've been thinking about this since I heard the news. Only time will tell if this is good or bad. Though with the power of Disney they could fund many more projects and give them good treatment. A problem is however Disney owned the rights to some marvel stuff already and they haven't done well with DVD releases. My biggest hope is that they do not try to "kidify" live action movies. I'm hoping they keep them some what separate in that regard. If not then this could be a very bad relationship.

Anonymous said...

Hopefully Disney will stay out of the comics! I would hate it if instead of things like Grant Morrison's New X-Men, we get Marvel Adventures-type stories. I think that this deal is going to mimic Disney's relationship with Pixar, though, where everything is pretty much separate. It will be cool if there are X-Men themed rides and merchandise at Disney World!

Serge said...

Hum... this news leaves me wondering...
I wonder if it is going to be the producing of animation products like:

-The Sub-mariner and the Little Mermaid
-Punisher Pan
-The black Panther and the Lion king
-Minnie Electra
-The beauty and the Thing
-The silver surfer of the jungle
-Thor in Wonderland
-Fantasia four
-Dumbo, agent de S.H.I.E.L.D

Well, hehe... let's hope not! :-)

Bleak5170 said...

Like others, I am worried about Disney trying to kidify everything. And yes, they had better stay far away from my beloved comics.

I don't really know why, but it makes me kind of sad that my favourite company of all time is owned by Disney.

Anonymous said...

Disney owns a lot of great things... Pixar, ABC, Miramax. For the most part, Disney stays out of the content of those entities and let's them to their thing. I think Disney's powerful backing and visibility will only help Marvel.

Anonymous said...

I don't mind it, but if Disney will kidify comics,movies or animated series of Marvel i will get very angry.Disney might add Spidey,Iron Man or X-Men in Mickey Mouse i wouldn't mind as long as they don't mess with Marvel

wallruss said...

You guys have pretty much echoed my own concerns. However, DC is owned by Warner Brothers and we haven't seen too much Looney Tunes and Justice League. We'll just have to wait and see if Disney is going to fully take over or let Marvel do what it does best and help it do it even better.