It's The Mouse that roared. Not a hoax, not a dream, not an imaginary story. Disney Inc. is in the process of buying Marvel Entertainment for a reported $4 billion.

It's too early to say what this will mean -- heck, it's such big news I think my brain just short-circuited -- but some obvious questions jump to the fore.

  • This creates some obvious conflicts with other big players like Sony (which has the Spider-Man movie franchise) and Twentieth Century Fox (X-Men). What about the Marvel rides at the Universal Studios theme park?
  • Will squeaky-clean Disney make Marvel writers clean up salty dialogue? Will references to sex be scrubbed out? Will Wolverine start using colorful metaphors instead of cussing, like Sgt. Fury used to? Will Ms. Marvel have to get married before she gets laid again?
  • Will Disney tolerate the adults-only MAX line?
  • The Disney comics franchise just moved from Gemstone to Boom!, but it doesn't make sense that Disney will let Boom! keep it, when they now own the largest comics publisher in North America. How long will it be before Marvel is publishing Donald Duck
  • Will Carl Barks's work and other Disney classics get published as the Marvel Masterworks format? (That would be very cool.)
  • Will Disney allow creator-owned properties like Powers to continue?
  • Why does using bullet coding in Ning make my type bigger?
There are more questions, and I'm sure you Legionnaires have a few. What do you folks think?

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Comment by The Baron on August 31, 2009 at 3:10pm
So, the Wabbit owns DC, and now rhe Mouse will own Marvel, is that right?
Comment by Captain Comics on August 31, 2009 at 3:18pm
That is correct. Toontown gears for war!
Comment by The Baron on August 31, 2009 at 3:19pm
I'd buy Crisis of Infinite Toons!
Comment by The Baron on August 31, 2009 at 3:24pm

Comment by ClarkKent_DC on August 31, 2009 at 3:32pm
As far as the movie deals -- the main driver for this merger being the potential for future films, from what I read -- all will be allowed to run their course, and then will be evaluated later, says the Wall Street Journal, New York Timesand CNN. Right now, Fox has the X-Men movies, Sony has the Spider-Man movies, and Marvel has the Iron Man and other Avengers (Hulk, Captain America, Thor). But down the road, Disney figures on being the sole distributor of the Marvel movies.
Comment by Eric L. Sofer on August 31, 2009 at 3:34pm
I had a couple of... "ideas"... occur to me. Both set to possibly recognizable tunes...

Spider-Mouse! Spider-Mouse!
Now a hole in your wall's his house!
Spider-Mick! Coming soon
To your TV each afternoon!
Hey look, here comes the Spider-Mouse!

Disney went and bought,
Marvel flicks for a loss!
Wolverine must hate,
Donald Duck is his boss!

See the Hulk, feeling sick,
Now that Goofy's his new sidekick!
Loathes the Fantastic Four
With Incredibles right next door!
Look now,
Dumbo is now an X-Man!
Walt's best pal now will be Stan!
Here comes the Spider-Mouse!

And if that doesn't make you gag...

Wolverine has claws, Storm can make it rain,
Cyclops shoots eye beams, Magneto's their bane...
Fastball Specials are hurled, 'Crawler's tail is curled,
It's an X, X-World!

It's an X-World after all!
Mutants rise and mutants fall!
As they follow Xavier's call!
It's an X-World after all!

Xavier started back after World War II
(Eric Lensherr then was a good guy too!)
Then came Iceman and Beast, Angel, Cyke, Marvel Girl,
It's an X, X-World!

It's an X-World after all!
Danger Room is down that hall,
Claremont writes his men to bawl!
It's an X-World after all!

Phoenix perished so that we all could live,
Chuck thinks Sabertooth still has good to give,
With Colossus so tall, Shadowcat rather small,
It's an X-World after all!

I remain
Eric L. Sofer
The Silver Age Fogey
Comment by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on August 31, 2009 at 3:42pm
Last week, on Facebook, there was a "pick five" for your personal superhero team. I picked:

1. Ben Grimm
2. She-Hulk
3. Super Goofy
4. Krypto the Superdog
5. Sasquatch

Except for Krypto...this team could TOTALLY happen now! ;)
Super-Goof kickin' the Sentry's arse...I would buy that.

Bendis twittered today that his "A Bug's Life: Dissassembled" dream can now become reality.
Comment by Jason Marconnet (Pint sized mod) on August 31, 2009 at 3:42pm
If you're concerned about Disney putting it's mark on Marvel here's a quote from a CNBC article:

Iger also told CNBC that the acquisition was not a signal of more buys ahead for Disney and he said that Disney was looking to emphasize the Marvel name rather than re-brand it in the Disney name.
Comment by Jason Marconnet (Pint sized mod) on August 31, 2009 at 3:43pm
My link didn't post. Here's the rest of the article
Comment by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on August 31, 2009 at 4:02pm
Now that Star Wars, Marvel, and Nightmare Before Christmas stuff will be at Disney World...the Beechler-Simpsons are pretty well set. Well...except for Doctor Who and Sanrio...


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