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Post by trog @ 05:53am 01/09/09 | 18 Comments
In a move that will certainly have some effect in the video game world, Disney has announced that it will be picking up a big chunk of the comic book world in their new purchase of Marvel for US$4 billion in cash and shares.
"This transaction combines Marvel's strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney's creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories," said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. "Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney."
There are a stack of Marvel-based video games (and movies) and no doubt there are plans for many more. How the quality of the games will fare though - we'll have to wait and see.


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Posted 06:17am 01/9/09
Still waiting for them to f*** up the Thor movie
Posted 09:56am 01/9/09
Wouldn't that be awesome - Pixar developed Spiderman etc, in vintage comic book, + 3D. That's got a bit of milage!
Posted 11:32am 01/9/09
Old Walt has got to be rolling in his grave right now. I can just see the next X-Men movie:
Posted 11:39am 01/9/09
Is Disney owned by Dreamworks or Pixar? Or am I totally confused...
Posted 11:43am 01/9/09
Wasn't it Disney that bought out Pixar, not the other way around?
Posted 11:48am 01/9/09
Dreamworks is owned by Viacom.
Pixar is owned by Disney.

I think Disney is a public company and no conglomerate owns it.
Steve Farrelly
Posted 11:53am 01/9/09
I wouldn't have thought Marvel would be in too much trouble after the success of the last batch of films (Spider-Man Trilogy, X-Men Trilogy, Iron-Man)...

Disney also own the Jonas Bros :(
Posted 11:55am 01/9/09
In reality it will likely just mean more of the same but with Disney mega-funding.
Le C***
Posted 11:55am 01/9/09
Steve Jobs bought Pixar for 5mil then sold to Disney for like 4.5Bil a few years later, however it was a 100% share sale which made Jobs the largest Disney shareholder by far at 7%. The Disney guy is next at like 1%.
Posted 11:56am 01/9/09
So we're going to see the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montanna become X-men?

I doubt it, but it's still a scary thought.
Posted 11:59am 01/9/09
Disney also own the Jonas Bros :(

huh huh!

Posted 12:01pm 01/9/09
some little tidbits from comingsoon

UPDATE #1: In a conference call, the companies said that the deals for movies for characters at other studios (Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.) will stay in place under the terms set by Marvel and the other studios.

UPDATE #2: John Lasseter met with Marvel last week about a possible team-up between Marvel and Pixar and got "pretty excited, pretty fast." They say there's definitely an opportunity there.

UPDATE #3: The deal with Paramount Pictures to distribute five films--"Iron Man 2," "Thor," "Captain America," "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3"--stays in place as well, but Disney would like to self-distribute down the line. "When the time comes we'll take a closer look at it."

update 2 ftw
Posted 12:07pm 01/9/09
I think Sony would still be on top of Spiderman, and if not it'd be ILM before Pixar.

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Posted 06:40pm 01/9/09
I remember when Disney made great movies and wasn't afraid of all the save the children idiots, now they just make kids s***. I propose adding Disney to the boycott list, so for me that makes sony, viacom and disnep (seriously their y looks like a p, morons).
Posted 06:47pm 01/9/09
disnep (seriously their y looks like a p, morons)
You know it's based on Walt Disney's signature, right?
Posted 07:08pm 01/9/09
I dunno if you could call Pirates of the Caribbean kid s***, what with all the throat slitting. Then again, I have no idea what movies you are talking about in the past that they have made that couldn't be considered "kid s***".
Posted 07:32pm 01/9/09
whoop also neglects that Disney own Miramax Films and Touchstone Pictures.
Posted 09:00pm 01/9/09
whoop are you referring to the old or the new viacom?
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