Internet rumor -- Disney may purchase Marvel Comics

Discussion in 'Disney Rumors and News' started by Obi-Wan Pinobi, May 22, 2001.

  1. Obi-Wan Pinobi

    Obi-Wan Pinobi <font color=red>Jedi moderator who likes to live o

    Apr 26, 2001
    Right now there's a rumor floating around the internet that Disney might purchase Marvel Comics (publishers of the X-Men and Spider-Man, among others).

    Marvel has been in financial trouble for several years and their financial outlook isn't too bright right now. Also, Comicon.con quoted a Variety article that stated Disney is preparing to make some acquisitions. This is what they quoted from Variety --

    The article said that no targets were named, but Pixar and the Fox Family Channel were possibilities.

    However, one medium (albeit not a major one) where Disney does not have a major interest is the comic book industry. Marvel's main competition is DC Comics (publishers of Superman, Batman, etc.), owned by Time Warner, Disney's major media conglomerate competitor.

    Would Disney purchase Marvel? On one hand, Marvel has been the industry leader for years with a number of extremely popular characters. There are plans for an X-Men sequel and a Spider-Man movie is in production for release next summer. And if Disney ever decided to get their characters back into comics, the Marvel imprint would be a good one to use.

    On the other hand, are Mickey Mouse and Wolverine a good match?? Is this something that fits with Disney's plans? Would Disney airlift Marvel Super Hero Island from Universal IOA and transplant it to WDW?

    Okay, maybe I'm being silly now. But seriously, is this something Disney would consider? Just curious to hear what everyone else thinks.
  2. toefungus

    toefungus Mouseketeer

    Jun 20, 2000
    If disney bought them, the Marvel superhero island in IOA would have to close. No way that's going to happen.
  3. I thought Disney had a comic book division. Phantom Blot comes to mind...I don't think it will happen. Then again I never thought Disney would have Online gambling Websites either... :(
  4. OnWithTheShow

    OnWithTheShow No Entangling Alliances

    Sep 20, 1999
    I dont think that the marvel section at IOA would have to close. I am sure that they ahve some sort of liscensing agreement with marvel in case that marvel got bought out.
  5. Panthius

    Panthius Finally a DIS Veteran

    Feb 14, 2001
    That would be funny. Disney making money from the competition. What would happen when the contract came up however? Or might there be a lifetime contract (or lifetime of the ride)? I still think it woul dbe quite funny if Disney were to make some money off of the Marvel based rides at Universal.


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