Disney Eats Marvel – Update 2

Robert Greenberger

Robert Greenberger is best known to comics fans as the editor of Who's Who In The DC Universe, Suicide Squad, and Doom Patrol. He's written and edited several Star Trek novels and is the author of The Essential Batman Encyclopedia. He's known for his work as an editor for Comics Scene, Starlog, and Weekly World News, as well as holding executive positions at both Marvel Comics and DC Comics.

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9 Responses

  1. Neil Ottenstein says:

    What a shocker. I wonder if there will be any chance of independence on the Marvel characters. I also wonder if this means that ABC will be developing some series based on Marvel characters.

  2. MARK WHEATLEY says:

    The purchase is not so amazing – but the price of 4 billion is, but perhaps only to me. And maybe I'm having a memory glitch – but I think this is not the first time I've heard that Disney made a grab for Marvel. Maybe back in the bankruptcy days? From a business standpoint I think it makes a lot of sense for Disney. And for Marvel it might indeed allow them the confidence to nurture their characters rather than exploit them – which they are very good at.

  3. R. Maheras says:

    Heh, heh… I predicted this in 1976 (sort of): http://home.comcast.net/~russ.maheras/TCJ-32-72dpi.jpg

  4. comicsfreak says:

    That means no more Kick-Ass and those other violent titles from marvel..Since Disney is G through PG stuff!!! Bad decicion on behalf of Marvel!!!!You will see a lot of cencorship on Marvel stuff.

    • Gordon McAlpin says:

      Why exactly do you (and so many other comic book fans) leap to this conclusion?Disney is not JUST G and PG stuff. They make A LOT of R-rated movies via Miramax and Touchstone (two of the other movie studios they own). No Country for Old Men? Remember that? Yeah, that was a DISNEY movie.

      • comicsfreak says:

        We will see..Marvel is a whole different genre than Miramax….Miramax does not do Comic Books….

  5. mike weber says:

    "Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs noted that Marvel owns the rights to many action-hero characters that are not widely known, which Disney anticipates bringing to the forefront for future movies or TV shows should the deal go through." {http://money.cnn.com/2009/08/31/news/companies/di…}That's scary all by itself…

  6. epobirs says:

    Yep, that price is quite startling. I suppose it is based on the success of the massive slate of movies scheduled. They could have had it for the change under the cushions a few years ago.The Malibu thing has some weird complications but I suspect much of it was in effect a kill fee for the Ex-Mutants product.