“Now, I’m no Disney fan, nor am I a huge Marvel fan, but this news is sure to shock many.”
Marvel, the people that brought you Iron Man, Spider-Man, Transformers etc.., have created some of the most popular characters to date. Their ever popular characters started off as comic book characters, but most have been given the cinema treatment, all of which have become great hits.
Disney, they too have created some famous figures, but it’s safe to say that Disney have always aimed for the younger audience, with such creations as Mickey Mouse, High School Musical (which is one of the films aimed more towards teenagers).
Today Disney have announced that they are “acquiring” Marvel Entertainment Inc.
“The Walt Disney Co. says it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man into the Disney family.
Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters.
Disney said Monday that Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash plus 0.745 Disney shares for every Marvel share they own.
It said the boards of Disney and Marvel have both approved the transaction, but it requires an antitrust review and the approval of Marvel shareholders.”
So, let’s forget about how Disney will will most probably make Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse sidekicks in the next Spider-Man film for a second and let’s focus on how this will effect things game wise. With the upcoming Kingdom Hearts game slowly making its way, characters such as Spider-Man and Iron Man have been rumoured to make an appearance on the game. And with over 5,000 re-owned characters, it’s without a doubt that Disney will make Marvel characters and their own join forces sometime, movie and game wise.
“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” said Robert A. Iger, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.”
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