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SHOCKED!!! Disney to buy Marvel

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:59 AM

Disney has flexed it's muscle by purchasing Marvel! I wonder what will happen over at Universal. ;)

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:16 AM

Didn't see that you had also posted this until after the fact. This is wild news and should directly affect Studios. Talk about a Potter Swatter.
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 10:40 AM

What i would find hilarious is if Universal falls in some loop hole and keeps the ride, but part of their profit from merchandise will go straight to Disney
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 11:26 AM

I've known about the deal for about two months but didn't know it was actually signed! Expect a full announcement at D23. I'm not sure but I'd expect that there would be some sort of stipulation in the contract for Uni to keep the theme at IoA.

I was never worried about Potter at all. Last I heard its five months behind schedule (Could be more). That and apparently they are actually losing money over the new coaster. (These two comments I don't have confirmed though).

We also own merchandising rights for Transformers. But I don't know the terms of that contract.

Geez, between all the movie announcements, Marvel, Fantasyland/Whatever other updates they have for the parks and any other secret items we don't know about. . . D23 is shaping up to rival Comic-Con in general!
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 01:10 PM

Huh, this seems kind of odd. It just won't seem right wandering around the Studios and seeing Spider-man.
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 02:49 PM

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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:26 PM

I could CERTAINLY see this impacting The Studios in a very positive way... New York Street "filming" anyone?


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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:28 PM

View PostADP, on Aug 31 2009, 09:59 AM, said:

Disney has flexed it's muscle by purchasing Marvel! I wonder what will happen over at Universal. :unsure:


From what I have read all day today, all existing contracts will be honored. I couldn't track down how long Marvel's licensing deal with Universal for IoA...but you can bet THAT one will not be renewed.


LOL @ Universal's poor PR dude who had to go out and make his statement.


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Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:51 PM

I hope they handle the integration better than others (ie Muppets) :unsure:
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:44 PM

View PostYoPaulie, on Aug 31 2009, 06:28 PM, said:

From what I have read all day today, all existing contracts will be honored. I couldn't track down how long Marvel's licensing deal with Universal for IoA...but you can bet THAT one will not be renewed.



from my review, it appears that Universal has rights to the rides for the life of the ride itself. There could be a Spiderman theoretically for decades there
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Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:08 PM

Yes. What is unclear is that the ride rights are not exclusive... meaning that Disney can develop a Spider-man attraction, as long as it is NOT what is over at IoA, for example.


Here's a good link from the LA Times about franchise rights. Looks like the ones that expire do so around 2019 or before.


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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:36 AM

I still can't understand how in the world this happened. Sure, Disney has had its hands in Marvel properties before (DVD release rights to the classic TV animation properties & such), but this is unbelievable.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 06:42 AM

I will be very suprised to see them in the parks in any way. I would expect them to bolster the Marvel machine with Disney type media and marketing skills. Muppets lend well to Disney... Marvel? Meh... Then again, the incredibles fit in just fine.

COlor me a skeptic, but I just don't see it. I think the deal is great for Disney and for Marvel, I just dont see Disney putting an X-Men overlay on Buzz lightyear anytime soon... though that far side of the streets of hollywood to the left of muppets could use a little sprucing up...
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:09 AM

My feeling is that if they can continue to cram High School Musical and Power Rangers down my throat, there is no reason that Marvel Characters can't someday be a part of the Streets of America.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:10 AM

It just feels like a forced synergy. I guess that has never stopped them before... power rangers is a great point! I would rather see X-Men than power rangers...

I am going to havet o digest this one for a little while.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:02 PM

Best headline for the story so far:

Spiderman shacks up with Minnie Mouse

(Chester Chronicle (a local paper near where I live))

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:29 PM

View PostRinjo, on Sep 1 2009, 09:10 AM, said:

power rangers is a great point! I would rather see X-Men than power rangers...

The ironic thing about this post is that X-Men: The Animated Series was originally produced by the same people who brought you the original Power Rangers before Disney got its white gloves into it and messed it up.
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 06:59 PM

View Postacp, on Sep 1 2009, 04:02 PM, said:

Best headline for the story so far:

Spiderman shacks up with Minnie Mouse

(Chester Chronicle (a local paper near where I live))

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That's hilarious! :unsure:
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 07:45 PM

Considering Disney is spending 4 billion dollars, they better be utilizing the brand by putting their characters in the park
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Posted 01 September 2009 - 08:14 PM

My research States that Marvel has the theme park attraction rights to the Marvel characters currently featured in IOA as long as the attractions are in operation, meaning that eliminates Spider-Man, Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men attractions from being made at WDW while Universal is still using them, however, this agreement is only for the Eastern United States, meaning Disneyland and the International parks have free reign on these guys.

But, as usual, Disney is super powerful when it comes to Merchandise, so any money Universal paid to Marvel now goes to Disney.

I expect that Universal will be stubborn for a while, but will eventually re-theme or shut down there Marvel rides one by one until that section of the park is gone.
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