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?