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.