Disney Buys Rights To ‘The Avengers’ And ‘Iron Man 3′ From Paramount

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:45 pm,

The Avengers and Iron Man 3 Disney Buys Rights To The Avengers And Iron Man 3 From Paramount

Disney bought Marvel last year, but the comic book movie studio was already in the midst of a five-year distribution deal with Paramount – which meant that the latter still owned the distribution and marketing rights to Thor, The First Avenger: Captain America, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3.

While Paramount will retain the rights to Thor, Captain America, and the first two Iron Man movies, Disney has now acquired the worldwide rights to both The Avengers and Iron Man 3.

Paramount will receive $115 million from Disney for the rights to both The Avengers and the third Iron Man pic, which has now officially been scheduled for release on May 3, 2013. Disney will both cover the costs of each film’s theatrical release and pay Paramount a distribution fee that will in part depend on the financial success of these heavily-anticipated Marvel titles.

Marvel announced earlier this month that it has plans through to 2017 and that The Avengers in particular would set the foundation for an epic movie event that will take place that year (so, something MORE epic than an Avengers movie?). The superhero ensemble piece should prove to be an extremely lucrative product so it makes sense, financially speaking, that Disney would want to get in on the action sooner rather than later.

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Could sequels to Thor and Captain America be released in 2013 alongside Iron Man 3? It isn’t entirely out of the question for the time being. Characters like Ant-Man or Iron Fist could make the leap to the big screen by 2013 as well, while a followup to The Avengers would likely not be released until 2014, at the earliest.

It looks to be an extremely busy couple of years for Marvel Universe comic book movies and Disney will get to reap all the profits that come with them – their $115 million payout to Paramount will probably seem like chump change by the time 2013 actually rolls around.

Thor will hit 2D and 3D screens in the U.S. on May 20th, 2011

The First Avenger: Captain America arrives in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on July 22nd, 2011.

The Avengers will arrive in theaters on May 4th, 2012.

Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2013.

Source: Variety

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  1. Ohh boy does this mean that mickey mouse will be in The Avengers
    What about Miley Cirus and Hanna Montana?
    ohhh well
    FYI
    I AM BEING SARCASTIC!!!!!

  2. What I think is going to happen is that the big movie event in 2012 is NOT going to be a particular individual superhero franchise… It’s not going to be a sequel to the Avengers, it’s not going to be Iron-man- or any of that. If Marvel gets the rights to the Fantastic Four etc.. Then we might be seeing a big Marvel Comics movie. It’s going to be a movie EVENT. So, we could be talking about The Marvel Superheroes going up against Dr. Doom for a big event or the Infinity Gauntlet Storyline or something along those lines. That’s that I think. I think this is the only thing that would dwarf the Avengers movie. A giant Marvel Crossover looms on the horizon.

  3. TYPO— What I think is going to happen is that the big movie event in 2017– is NOT going to be a particular individual superhero franchise… It’s not going to be a sequel to the Avengers, it’s not going to be Iron-man- or any of that. If Marvel gets the rights to the Fantastic Four etc.. Then we might be seeing a big Marvel Comics movie. It’s going to be a movie EVENT. So, we could be talking about The Marvel Superheroes going up against Dr. Doom for a big event or the Infinity Gauntlet Storyline or something along those lines. That’s that I think. I think this is the only thing that would dwarf the Avengers movie. A giant Marvel Crossover looms on the horizon.

    • @Wepz I totally agree with that and more than likely it’ll be of LOTR proportions. Disney lawyers are brainstorming as I type, figuring out ways to find a loophole to get ALL of the rights back AND THEY WILL. It may take a while BUT then again you never know.We all could wake up to a news flash “MARVEL/DISNEY HAS RETAINED BACK THE RIGHTS TO ALL OF IT’S CHARACTERS!”. The general public didn’t know when they were going to get the rights from Paramount or even when they bought Marvel in the first place,it was a big almost sneaky surprise undertaking. Anything is possible.

  4. “so, something MORE epic than an Avengers movie?”

    Infinity Gauntlet the movie? :)

    I can dream. Can’t I?

  5. Does Disney own the rights to The Avengers and Iron Man,or only the rights to make a few movies? What happens after Avengers 2 and Iron Man 3? Back to the negotiations table?

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