So Disney Bought Marvel… What Does It All Mean?

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:24 pm,

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Punisher producer Gale Ann Hurd threw out the comment, “It’s more important to control unique and interesting characters.” She’s right on the money when it comes to addressing the unique characters of the Marvel Universe, because most of the bigger heroes have already been (or soon will be) given the big screen treatment and those same characters really can’t go to the small screen successfully. DC Comics and Warner Bros. successfully adapted Superman for TV with Smallville so why shouldn’t Disney do the same thing with the Marvel characters? How cool would it be to see an ABC Superhero show go head to head with NBC’s Heroes? That could now very well be a possibility and in case this article lands on the right Disney/Marvel desk, I think you should start with Excalibur, Alpha Flight or X-Factor.


Here’s where the merger is going to really shine but first we have to quell people’s concerns and fear regarding quality and the “darkness” of Marvel comics suffering now that Disney is in charge. Disney owns Touchstone, Miramax and Pixar now, and whereas Touchstone and Pixar are more known for lighter fare, Miramax has been known to release more R-rated films including Gangs of New York and both Kill Bill films. I honestly don’t think it is an issue.

People are complaining that we will start seeing bloodless comic book films, but have you forgotten so quickly about this summer’s bloodless fest X-Men Origins: Wolverine? There was hacking and slashing all throughout the film and not one drop of blood, digital or practical, was spilled; and that wasn’t produced by Disney, it was done by Fox and it’s a prime example of what happens when the studio gets too involved in the creative process.

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Iron Man, however, is a prime example of what Marvel can do when left alone – but the problem is Iron Man was the first film completely funded by Marvel Studios and it took a lot of money to make that happen. That’s money Marvel didn’t recoup until well after the movie was made and released, so any other project they may have wanted to work on was on hold until the funds came back in. Now what if Marvel had access to Disney’s money during the time Iron Man was being made? If Marvel has access to that kind of coin, then we could have more than one or two high quality superhero films released every year.

It’s no surprise that Marvel is very tight-fisted when it comes to their own production quality – but not having the funding to release films; they were forced to make deals with other movie houses. This is why we see Sony with Spider-man, Fox with X-Men, and Paramount with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. This is also why the only truly awesome film so far was Iron Man, because Paramount was the distributor not the producer. When the studios try to get involved, audiences end up with X-Men 3, The Punisher and Fantastic Four.

Disney already knows this and I would bet they are happy to stand back and see how their investment can flourish with proper funding. They did the same thing with Pixar a few years ago and if anything Pixar movies have gotten better and they are being released more frequently. Think that would have happened if Pixar had tried to fund their projects themselves? Not a chance. Also, nothing Disney does is low budget, they pride themselves in doing things over and above how it should be done to keep up appearances. If a movie is going to suck, then it’s going to suck looking good.

I know what you’re thinking: “What about all of the movie studios Marvel already has contracts with? Won’t that affect how those are made and released?” Good question and here’s the answer: Nope. Marvel and Disney have both said they plan on honoring each contract and license until it expires but after that Iger said “in our best interests to be the sole distributor of the content.” In other words, the children are coming back home to live when their lease is up. I think that is a good thing.

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  1. this is ridiculous why did they do tht i mean was marvel in trouble, and freakin 4billion dollars!!!!!!!!!what about the fanes dammit!!!@!!!!!$HI

  2. Punisher with a Purity Ring, LOL!!! Yeah I recently watched that episode of South Park.

    But anyway, I’m not a fan of the idea of Disney & Marvel. I can already see the shameless placement of various Disney Channel teen stars into super hereo roles. But here’s to hoping Disney takes the hands off approach and allow Marvel to do it’s thing. Because it’ll be a pitty to see Marvel’s role to stop just when they’re just getting warmed up.

    • Well, as you can see, it turned out pretty freaking great.

  3. great news for all the ROM SPACEKNIGHT FANS (or just me), now that marvel has a “Big Brother” in Disney maybe they can put some pressure on Parker Brothers to release ROM. One can only hope

    till next time

  4. please lets no hope zack efron for captain american role.

  5. I think they will do some good and some bad but in the scale of things marvels recently made some big changes anyway, civil war, aunt may, secret invasoin lots of good charecters will go (deadpool,union jack, tigra) because disney corps won’t like what they say in their comics (USA propaganda I suppose) but now then marvel has mulah! $4bn of it

  6. Well, S**t.

  7. WTF
    what were they thinking!!!!!???????
    have you people seen what diseny done to the princesses
    now imagine all the great super heros like that :O

    ghost rider
    captin america
    and 4000+ more
    rest in peace

    • I won’t be surprised if in the next year or so, we see Hulk in a dress. :(

      • And that is hilarious, because now Thor is becoming a Woman.

    • What happened to all those superheroes now? They’re being made into humongous movies, and it’s all due to the backing of Disney.

  8. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of this deal. However, the one thing I am looking foward to is seeing marvel characters in Pixar animation style.

  9. wait i thought disney bought marvels parent company not marvel itself i think

  10. Wait… I think he made me a believer. If not only for the male teen demographic part. There will definitely be a bad side to this but I am hopeful.

    Wasn’t Marvel supposed to be working on a movie version of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower?

  11. Disney has already ruined marvel by adding them to Phineas and Ferb, like really adding Spider man,Thor,Hulk,Iron man,Venom,Red skull,and other villains i do not remember the name of into Phineas and ferb really get me angry for the “not going to water it down” and “if it aint broke” and them being lies talk about false advertising?

    • I was disappointed with this as well. For what ever reason, when Disney gets a hold of something nice they reduce it to a pile of smoldering embers. They show things repeatedly to the point ad nauseum; take Teen Beach movie for example. Even my mom was disappointed when she saw the what they did; she’s old school Marvel and DC fan. Watered down? More like drenched in gasoline with a match waiting nearby. It ain’t broke; its shattered.

    • Exactly! It’s not about the contracts or money… It’s all about Disney and how there going to water down all Marvel heroes!

  12. It’s not that Marvel has grouped up with Pixar and Paramount Studios. It’s that Marvel grouped up with Disney. Marvel is a ass-kicking, alchocol drinking (Mainly Iron man), rated R movie making company with HD and blood! A real man feast! However Disney wil make anime with Iron man, Hulk, Thor and Spider-Man and if you know Disney they won’t tell the true stories if the heroes that make us lone them! Iron man and Pepper, Hulk and Bruce, Thor and Jane, ect…Disney will take that away and make characters such as Hulk only a monster!!!!!

  13. ” and I don’t care what the nay-sayers out there gripe about, if I owned a prospering business and a mega-company offered to buy me out for an exuberant amount of money, I’d sell too. Heck, I’d go buy a special pen just to sign the papers! Anyone who says otherwise just isn’t being honest with themselves.”

    Are you kidding me? Not in a million years would I sell a franchise like Marvel to Disney for any amount of money, especially since it’s a major competition to them. Sigh, The World is going downhill, and when one major corporation sells out to another, we know that the middle man, and less, is f**ked. Good luck, World.

  14. I hope you all know that Disney has made some excellent movies that are bloody, gritty, ect. You are all just looking at the kids side to Disney, not the mature grown up side. Do some research into it before starting a riot.

  15. You guys really believe that they won’t ruin marvel? Want a prime example? Look at Starwars, look how trashy and kidish it has become. They’ll do the same with Marvel, they’ll start making trashy cartoons, turning the heroes into kids (which has already begun). Everything they have bought, they have ruined. They make so much money, they really wouldn’t care if they ruined it or not.

  16. The worst thing that has happened to Marvel is being purchased by
    Disney. Disney is an evil company and uses the comic industry as a medium to promote the racial diversity and homosexual agenda. They have taken iconic characters (SpiderMan in the Ultimate Universe) and even mythological characters such as Hercules and turned them into homosexuals. They have taken The great name of the Defenders and turned the present team members into fem-nazi dykes. I will not go into detail about the other forms of entertainment that Disney had infiltrated and destroyed.
    BOYCOTT Marvel and Disney until Marvel is back to its rightful owners.

    • Dude, What the heck is wrong with you? Have you just came from stone age?
      Homosexuality and racial diversity is evil, femnazis, wow, too much ignorance and intolerance.
      Btw, if you want we could speak about the “Great” Tobey Maguire on the original spiderman or the Ghost raider or even the incredible hulk. And other bastard films accepted and collaborated. Also, the quantity of films, and quality was improved since the year Disney bought Marvel, you can check it on the internet.

  17. Disney has f up marvel already by changing genders and color who u fooling

  18. Disney buying marvel was the worst i dont think ebola is any worse than this i saw Spiderman cartoon on disney u guys have ruined him and all the other marvel characters i cant wait to see u guys lose so many customers because of this u should give marvel back u just ruined marvel

    • Dumbest comment ever lol

  19. “Disney isn’t exactly synonymous with violence.” Seriously, have you never heard of Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures or Dimension?

  20. I fukin LOVE MARVEL!!!!!!!! Avengers is my fave especially Captain America cause he’s fit