Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney To Acquire Marvel

...according to WSJ (you gotta pay to read the article, natch)

Here is the text of the Wall Street Journal email alert:

Disney plans to acquire Marvel Entertainment through a cash-and-stock transaction valued at around $4 billion, or $50 per Marvel share. Disney said that Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash plus 0.745 Disney shares for every Marvel share they own. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of Marvel, including its more than 5,000 Marvel characters.

An investor conference call is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. EDT.

...that's a pretty impressive total roster of characters.

Will Marvel be producing Disney comics?
What about the Boom Studios license?
And, the most burning question: will there be a "Muppet Marvel Universe?"


  1. This is insane, just insane. I can barely write this sentence.

  2. With the Looney Tunes characters in DC/TW's court and the Disney characters now in Marvel's, the decades-long Daffy/Donald feud suddenly takes on a lot more urgency.

  3. First SDCC, now this.

    Gut feeling is, I don't like it.

  4. so wait, is this good or bad for the 20 dollars worth of marvel stock i got for my birthday?

  5. "so wait, is this good or bad for the 20 dollars worth of marvel stock i got for my birthday?"

    uh...I think it's good, Jay

  6. Talk about a game changer.

    You have to assume that the Brand Managers at Disney are going to want some control of editorial,right? Disney is legendarily controlling.

    Also, what happens to the theme park in Florida. Universal rolled it out to compete with Disney. How long does the rights deal extend? Is it exclusive?

    Finally, what do the movie deals look like?

  7. Nope, don't like it either.

  8. The Black Cat, the Black Panther, Tigra, and even Kitty Pryde are now all outlawed. They make the Mouse uncomfortable.

  9. I love disney world I'm glad they made this move.

  10. Not sure how this will all turn out in the end, but before it's over I want at least ONE Mickey/Spider-Ham crossover!

  11. Anonymous5:31 PM

    This is going to shake a lot of things up already in the works, but I assume that will only be short-term.

    "First SDCC, now this."

    Comparing a normal business practice to the overcommercialization of a comic book convention? Are you serious?

  12. And let's see, Disney owns the remnants of CrossGen, and the likes of Greg Land and other CrossGenies work for Marvel, so...

    X-Men/Sojourn: The Crossing?

    (Viva la Malibu!)

    Aiiieeee! Runn! Make it stop!

  13. Gut feeling is, I like it. This week's comic book blogosphere entertainment has arrived!

  14. Please don't take this as spam Val, but like you said, this longtime feud has a new meaning..

  15. # Spider-Mouse, Spider-Mouse, does whatever a Spider-Mouse can... "

    It's looking good if they go down the SuperBugs (above) cross-over style route.

    It should be a welcome return for the, criminally, underused - Huey, Dewey and Louie: X-Ducks.

    HSM4: Hulk Wreck Prom.

    I worry there's a not a lot of work around Sheetrock Hills at the moment. Handy Manny could easily pick up the repairs contract for Iron Man.

    Sure, there'll be a lot more angst kicking around: Goofy being seen by JJ as a pest and danger (which he probably is anyway,) there'll need to be a EuroCaptain now, the possibilities are endless.

  16. Anonymous8:02 AM


    Now, after all these years, we can have that Little Mermaid/Namor crossover everyone's been talking about.

  17. Anonymous5:39 PM

    **** Ariel, I want my Rescue Rangers/Avengers.

    I'm actually going to go to the Marvel panel at LBCC because of this.