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Old 02-25-2013, 07:48 AM   #46
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It does take a while to make movies which disney is doing. Guardians of the galaxy, Big Hero 6 upcoming. Lets hope the movies are succesful and disney can use these properties.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:23 AM   #47
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The most likely scenario I envision is Comcast/Universal eventually adopting the DC line of heroes (Superman, Batman, etc.) and using them instead of the Disney/Marvel characters.

To support the argument, Warner Bros. is the parent company/movie license holder for those heroes, as well as the Harry Potter movie franchise, which obviously, translated the most successful set of attractions in the recent history of Central Florida.

Like Disney/Marvel, Warner/DC has had some pretty big films with their costumed characters (the "Dark Knight" franchise, and this summer's "Man of Steel").

Currently, most of those characters are licensed to Six Flags, but given the state of many of their parks (and the fact that Warner no longer has any ownership interest in SF), it would be easy to retheme those older attractions.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:46 AM   #48
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In addition...

I think if Disney were to work on anything Marvel-related in Orlando, it might be related to their current money-making franchises, such as "Iron Man" and those members of "The Avengers" not currently held by Universal Orlando.

As for "Spider-Man", it gets a bit tricky, as Marvel sold-off those movie rights to Sony (back in the days before Marvel got in the movie production biz). Same applies to the successful "X-Men" franchise, which was farmed-out to 20th Century Fox.

The Incredible Hulk, OTOH, might well stay put at Universal, since that character has a long history with them (Universal produced the 1970's TV series and also had a hand in the 2 movies over recent years).
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #49
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I think if Disney were to work on anything Marvel-related in Orlando, it might be related to their current money-making franchises, such as "Iron Man" and those members of "The Avengers" not currently held by Universal Orlando.
This is where the "character family" clauses make things tougher. They already use several Avengers characters. That could make ANY Avengers characters verboten for WDW.

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The movie business is a bit separate, but it creates a hazy area. Spider-Man was not "sold off" - Sony just has a pretty extensive contract with regards to producing and distribution of movies based on the character.

And production and distribution are two different things (I think it has to do with avoiding monopoly problems). Marvel is often the sole producer or the major partner (distributors often get some production credit since they are helping fund). Sony/Columbia is the Distributor.

With Iron Man 3 and The Avengers, Paramount was the distributor - but Disney purchased the distribution rights from Paramount so now Disney will distribute.

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Similar relationship at this point. Universal was the distributor of the two Hulk movies.

Now, distribution contracts can also contain additional items, like merchandising, theme park rights, etc. but that all depends on what is negotiated. As for Universal Studios and Marvel, that was negotiated outside of any movie rights/contracts.

As an example, the Captain America movie was distributed by Paramount, but the character appears at IOA.

(And Disney will distribute the sequel...)
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:51 AM   #50
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It does take a while to make movies which disney is doing. Guardians of the galaxy, Big Hero 6 upcoming. Lets hope the movies are succesful and disney can use these properties.
Disney has both Pixar and Lucas properties to work with. Disney also has Avatar.

Universal has Harry Potter. Universal is rumored to be considering Lord of the Rings.

Neither Disney nor Universal has any pressing need for more Marvel.

I'm more interested in the quality of the attraction then on what movie/character is used. You don't have to be a fan of the Twilight Zone to enjoy the Tower of Terror.
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Percy Jackson was a surprising success I think...although it did better overseas than it did in the U.S. Whether it has the material to be a theme park capable franchise, I don't know.

And it all depends on who has the rights to what at this point. Just because Hyperion is the publisher does not mean they control those rights, or that Disney gets first dibs. The rights are a complicated business, and with a company like Disney (publisher, studio, distribution, TV networks, theme parks, etc.) they have to walk a fine line between corporate synergy and monopoly.
Success? A minor one maybe. Mediocre reviews, didn't break even domestically (international saved it). It was profitable to do a sequel but not to invest in brand building ala Pirates, Star Wars, Avengers, Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.
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Plus there is no Orlando 6 Flags either, so that could come in play.

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Disney didn't buy any of these properties for the theme park rights. It's a minor aspect when comparing price to profit. They bought Marvel for the Film rights and the merchandise. They are win win on Universal's agreement just as they are win win with Sony for Spiderman, Fox for Xmen etc. they get their cut of the pie and if things fail, they can relaunch. It's golden for them.

Avengers made over a billion gross just in box office and props up numerous films. That's what Iger wanted, sustainable income with Brands. Same with Star Wars....
Merchandise and new films (5 announced so far... Trilogy and 2 standalones) that will make a ton of money. Theme parks are already profitable and if they need to grow, Star Wars sits in the back pocket.

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The most likely scenario I envision is Comcast/Universal eventually adopting the DC line of heroes (Superman, Batman, etc.) and using them instead of the Disney/Marvel characters.

To support the argument, Warner Bros. is the parent company/movie license holder for those heroes, as well as the Harry Potter movie franchise, which obviously, translated the most successful set of attractions in the recent history of Central Florida.

Like Disney/Marvel, Warner/DC has had some pretty big films with their costumed characters (the "Dark Knight" franchise, and this summer's "Man of Steel").

Currently, most of those characters are licensed to Six Flags, but given the state of many of their parks (and the fact that Warner no longer has any ownership interest in SF), it would be easy to retheme those older attractions.
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Plus there is no Orlando 6 Flags either, so that could come in play.

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Disney didn't buy any of these properties for the theme park rights. It's a minor aspect when comparing price to profit. They bought Marvel for the Film rights and the merchandise. They are win win on Universal's agreement just as they are win win with Sony for Spiderman, Fox for Xmen etc. they get their cut of the pie and if things fail, they can relaunch. It's golden for them.

Avengers made over a billion gross just in box office and props up numerous films. That's what Iger wanted, sustainable income with Brands. Same with Star Wars....
Merchandise and new films (5 announced so far... Trilogy and 2 standalones) that will make a ton of money. Theme parks are already profitable and if they need to grow, Star Wars sits in the back pocket.
Exactly this! Can you imaging how long it would take a new Marvel attraction to make 1 billion dollar impact on the bottom line of a theme park? Not to mention that that sort of impact is very hard to measure, whereas profits from a movie are very easy to show to shareholders.

As for Universal giving up Marvel, I don't think they will have any incentive to do that until Marvel has dropped to a point in popularity where Disney wouldn't even want to build an attraction for it.
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Success? A minor one maybe. Mediocre reviews, didn't break even domestically (international saved it). It was profitable to do a sequel but not to invest in brand building ala Pirates, Star Wars, Avengers, Harry Potter, LOTR, etc.
It did make more than double its budget on box office receipts, plus another $30M+ in home sales. Probably not a blockbuster by today's standards. But it had a real strong opening for a fantasy film, second to "Valentine's Day", which did very well but I don't even remember anything about that movie. Not sure what it may have been up against in the following weeks. But as you say, the international box office was quite high for it. It was actually mostly a Canadian production.

I'm still surprised that the sequel was green lit, and I hope it doesn't suffer a fate similar to Narnia. It seems they've cut down on the cast of Gods (only Sean Bean is confirmed to return as Zeus, Hermes has been replaced with Nathan Fillion - a plus I think - and Stanley Tucci also raises the bar as Dionysus, but Pierce Brosnan is not returning, being replaced by Anthony Head, who I like but is very different...) Poseidon, Percy's father, isn't even listed.

Anyways...back on topic - I still think it is far from being theme-worthy, less so than just a Greek-myth theme - which Universal already has.

And more on topic -A Disney park IS finally getting some Marvel superheroes - but it's going to cost a bit more to see it:

http://www.wdwinfo.com/news/Televisi...Disneyland.htm

Hong Kong Disneyland will be getting them first. And the article points out - you may not see them in the U.S. at all - Disneyland could use them but have no real room for them, while WDW is locked out due to the contract with Universal (beyond exceptions as discussed).
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