Yes this is the correct headline, Disney has actually bought Marvel for 4 billion
OT: Disney Buys Marvel
It hurts me to read this. It reminds me that I had something like the first 25 or 30 Silver Surfers and threw them away when I turned 18. I hear they would be worth a little bit of money now.
This deal is solely based on Marvel Studios. The comic industry is practically dead, it's an afterthought here.
I don't see how this fits in with Disney's business model. It just doesn't make sense.
Don't confuse Disney productions with the Walt Disney Corporation. The Walt Disney Corporation is behind every Tarantino and Kevin Smith film, for example... their business model is buying successful indie production companies and letting them run themselves creatively while only having real approval over budgets.
Marvel will continue to make films and comics without any changes being dictated by the Mouse.
Thank God, I had a minor freak out (below).
NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! The end is near fellas...
Next thing you know, Marvel cartoons will become Disney-ized. I just got chills down my back.
EDIT: Brodie's comment makes me feel better.
how does this effect Universal Studios , Disney's Rival, that contains multiple Marvel rides, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, etc?
i see ditch the jonas brothers, etc.
It depends on the contracts and whether the rides are for the film or comic characters and some other variables. If Universal wants to change the name of the rides, I'm sure Marvel would appreciate the buyout.
So what does this mean for the future of Mike Martin?
He will now shoot flowers out of his eyes and wildlife will love and adore him.
But he's still going to destroy rival QB's.
It sounds like Disney will be very hands off with the publishing division, which is good. This is going to be more like the Disney/Pixar deal, where they will still let Marvel do their own thing.
I would assume that Disney will back all the movies currently under Marvel Studios, and that when Marvel's deals with Fox and Sony over the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises expire, they will finance/back any future movies as well.
This is also an opportunity for Disney to help Marvel expand their brandname and market their products on a larger scale. Disney is more interested in toy, video game, branded products, and has the better resources to get the brand into expanded/newer markets.
Hopefully the best thing to come of this deal is, now that Marvel will have a larger financial backing, that this will help some lower selling titles. The titles that normally don't make a profit, and are usually cancled, might now have a chance to last longer an build an audience.
I believe this will benefit Marvel in the long run.