I ran across this shocker on CNN this morning and thought I’d post a link. Seems there is an offer from Disney to buy Marvel Comics for 4 billion dollars, pending stockholder approval.
This begs two interesting questions: first, what will happen with the Marvel movie production company? Marvel has been doing it right with Iron Man and other offerings lately. If Marvel movies become Disney movies, that does not bode well for the Marvel characters.
Second, what happens in Orlando? Right now the Universal Studios theme park relies heavily on the Marvel characters as part of their Islands of Adventure park. If Disney now owns the rights to the Marvel characters through corporate osmosis, does Universal have a chance to keep the license of those characters for their theme park? The same thing happened when Cedar Fair bought out Knott’s Berry Farms, who had the license for the Peanuts characters in theme parks including Camp Snoopy at the Mall of America. After a long and sorted process, Snoopy and pals packed up and left the Mall of Am,ercia park, which is now Nickelodeon Universe.
If Disney is smart, they will leave the Marvel people to make their own films and keep them un-Disneyfied. Likewise I am sure Universal has a license agreement in place with Marvel that will stay in effect after the sale, but when it’s up for renewal? Perhaps we’ll see the above character running about the Magic Kingdom?
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