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DISNEY BUYS MARVEL
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co. is punching its way into the universe of superheroes and their male fans with a deal announced Monday to acquire Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion, bringing characters such as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and "Toy Story."

The surprise cash-and-stock deal sent Spidey senses tingling in the comic book world. It could lead to new rides, movies, action figures and other outlets for Marvel's 5,000 characters, although Marvel already was aggressively licensing its properties for such uses.

The deal won't have benefits right away, and Disney stock sank on the news. Disney expects a short-term profit hit, and Marvel characters from X-Men to Daredevil are locked up in deals with other movie studios and theme parks. But Disney's CEO, Robert Iger, promised an action-packed future.

"`Sparks will fly' is the expression that comes to mind," Iger told analysts.

Stan Lee, the 86-year-old co-creator of "Spider-Man" and many more of Marvel's most famous characters, said he was thrilled to be informed of the marriage Monday morning.

"I love both companies," he said. "From every point of view, this is a great match."

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and marks Disney's biggest acquisition since it purchased Pixar Animation Studios Inc., the maker of "Up" and "Cars," for $7.4 billion in stock in 2006.

Marvel would follow another storied comic book publisher into the arms of a media conglomerate. DC Comics, the home of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, was bought by Warner Bros. -- now part of Time Warner Inc. -- in 1969.

Buying Marvel is meant to improve Disney's following among men and boys. Disney acknowledges it lost some of its footing with guys as it poured resources into female favorites such as "Hannah Montana" and the Jonas Brothers.

"Disney will have something guys grew up with and can experience with their kids, especially their sons," said Gareb Shamus, whose company Wizard Entertainment Group runs several of the Comic-Con conventions around the nation.

Marvel TV shows already account for 20 hours per week of programming on Disney's recently rebranded, boy-focused cable network, Disney XD, and that looks likely to increase, Iger said. The shows are "right in the wheelhouse for boys," he said.

There will be some lag before Marvel's trove of characters are fully developed at Disney, because of licensing deals Marvel has with other studios.

For example, Sony Corp.'s Columbia Pictures is developing the next three "Spider-Man" sequels, starting with "Spider-Man 4" set for a May 2011 release. News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox has the long-term movie rights to the "X-Men," "Fantastic Four," "Silver Surfer" and "Daredevil" franchises.

Both studios maintain those rights in perpetuity unless they fail to make more movies.

Separately, Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures has a five-picture distribution deal for Marvel-made movies, the first of which will be "Iron Man 2," set for release next May. Paramount said it expects to continue working with Marvel and Disney.

General Electric Co.'s Universal Studios has an attraction called Marvel Super Hero Island in Orlando, Florida, that will stay in existence as long as Universal wants to keep it there and follows the contract terms, Universal said.

Disney said it will honor and re-examine Marvel's licensing deals upon expiration and may extend the profitable ones. Iger noted that when it bought Pixar, that company also had third-party licensing agreements that eventually expired, allowing the companies to move forward together.

Despite beginning to make its own movies, starting with "Iron Man" last year, licensing remained a key driver of Marvel's $206 million and in profit and $676 million in revenue last year. Iger said Disney could give Marvel broader global distribution and better relationships with retailers to sell Marvel products.

However, analyst David Joyce of Miller Tabak & Co. noted that the $4 billion offer was at "full price."

Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash, plus 0.745 Disney shares for every Marvel share they own. That values each Marvel share at $50, a 29 percent premium over Friday's closing stock price. The final ratio of cash and stock will be adjusted to ensure Disney stock makes up at least 40 percent of the final offer.

Marvel shares shot up $9.72, or 25 percent, to close at $48.37 on Monday. Disney shares fell 80 cents, or 3 percent, to $26.04.

Disney investors were probably unhappy that the deal will reduce earnings per share in the short term and might not turn positive until its 2012 fiscal year. Disney's earnings per share will drop partly because the company will issue 59 million new shares, and partly because Marvel plans to release two costly blockbusters, "Thor" and "The First Avenger: Captain America" in 2011. DVD sales of those films likely won't roll in until fiscal 2012.

Disney said the boards of both companies have approved the transaction, but it will require an antitrust review and the approval of Marvel shareholders.

If it works out, Marvel's chief executive, Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter, will pocket a hefty payday. He snatched Marvel assets out of bankruptcy in 1998, outmaneuvering investors Carl Icahn and Ronald Perelman. His 37 percent stake in Marvel is now worth about $1.5 billion.

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    The Otaku SuppositoryThe Otaku Suppository Bawstan New EnglandRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Perhaps you've heard of the comic book thread?

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    I think this is big enough news to warrant it's own thread

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    AlpineAlpine Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Shoulda bought Marvel stock

    I saw this coming last week

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    So.

    What're we supposed to talk about in here?

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    ackack Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    ummm please keep everything in megathreads THANKS

    lol

    pretty cool news tho

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    PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    hulk and sentry in next kingdom hearts please

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Our hottest disney/x-men fanfiction

    Like JuggernautXGoofy

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    scarlet blvd.scarlet blvd. Bebop Cola Goooood!Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Iron Man in Mickey Mouse ears...

    Oh God no

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    ascotascot Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Disney Buys Marvel - Nothing Changes. Nothing new at 11.

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    BroloBrolo Broseidon Lord of the BroceanRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    hulk and sentry in next kingdom hearts please

    For every minute of Sentry playtime you get twenty minutes of whining and sniffling.

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    Burden of ProofBurden of Proof You three boys picked a beautiful hill to die on. Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Blankspace wrote: »
    I think this is big enough news to warrant it's own thread

    Apparently.

    The internet is going apeshit over this.

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    ascot wrote: »
    Disney Buys Marvel - Nothing Changes. Nothing new at 11.
    This should change quite a few things.

    More on the comics side of things, to be fair, but still.

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    George Fornby GrillGeorge Fornby Grill ...Like Clockwork Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    hulk and sentry in next kingdom hearts please

    Oh man I hadn't even thought of the possibilities with the Kingdom Hearts games. This could be amazing.

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    TransporterTransporter Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Iron Mouse
    Oh God no

    Look at what thou hath wrought.

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    PiptheFairPiptheFair Frequently not in boats. Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Rolo wrote: »
    PiptheFair wrote: »
    hulk and sentry in next kingdom hearts please

    For every minute of Sentry playtime you get twenty minutes of whining and sniffling.

    only like 3

    and then the void comes and atlantica gets razzed to the ground and god please make this happen

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    ascotascot Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Blankspace wrote: »
    ascot wrote: »
    Disney Buys Marvel - Nothing Changes. Nothing new at 11.
    This should change quite a few things.

    More on the comics side of things, to be fair, but still.

    Aside from that. There'll be quite a few previous agreements, licenses and whatnot that need to expire before we'll get an all Disney cast of X-Men game.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Ugh, I just realised this will probably mean Jonas Brothers cross-overs in Spiderman and shit.

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    Ugh, I just realised this will probably mean Jonas Brothers cross-overs in Spiderman and shit.
    I highly, highly doubt this.

    Maybe in like Marvel Adventures(The Kid's Imprint).

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    MarthMarth Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    When I first saw this I was like huhhhhh but then I was like oh okay.

    Also
    The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and marks Disney's biggest acquisition since it purchased Pixar Animation Studios Inc., the maker of "Up" and "Cars," for $7.4 billion in stock in 2006.

    Really, AP? To highlight Pixar's movies you choose Cars?

    Really?

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    Marth wrote: »
    When I first saw this I was like huhhhhh but then I was like oh okay.

    Also
    The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and marks Disney's biggest acquisition since it purchased Pixar Animation Studios Inc., the maker of "Up" and "Cars," for $7.4 billion in stock in 2006.

    Really, AP? To highlight Pixar's movies you choose Cars?

    Really?
    Cars made a fuckton of money.

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    AntimatterAntimatter Devo Was Right Gates of SteelRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Marth wrote: »
    When I first saw this I was like huhhhhh but then I was like oh okay.

    Also
    The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and marks Disney's biggest acquisition since it purchased Pixar Animation Studios Inc., the maker of "Up" and "Cars," for $7.4 billion in stock in 2006.

    Really, AP? To highlight Pixar's movies you choose Cars?

    Really?

    do you have any idea how much money Disney makes from Cars merchandise

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    Sars_BoySars_Boy Rest, You Are The Lightning. Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Blankspace wrote: »
    ascot wrote: »
    Disney Buys Marvel - Nothing Changes. Nothing new at 11.
    This should change quite a few things.

    More on the comics side of things, to be fair, but still.
    ummmm nope

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    MarthMarth Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Blankspace wrote: »
    Marth wrote: »
    When I first saw this I was like huhhhhh but then I was like oh okay.

    Also
    The deal is expected to close by the end of the year and marks Disney's biggest acquisition since it purchased Pixar Animation Studios Inc., the maker of "Up" and "Cars," for $7.4 billion in stock in 2006.

    Really, AP? To highlight Pixar's movies you choose Cars?

    Really?
    Cars made a fuckton of money.

    Ehhh yeah that warrants mentioning. I was more thinking of Toy Story or Finding Nemo.

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    FishmanFishman Put your goddamned hand in the goddamned Box of Pain. Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    It's huge for Marvel. Considering at the end of the 90's, they were valued at about $1M, from memory. That's a hell of a turnaround; a lot of it off the back of movie deals; which then in turn reinvigorated the merchandising and comic wings.

    I find the whole thing fascinating.

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Cars was not very good though.

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    It was average.

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    KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    actually marvel bought disney
    Marvel Buys Disney

    In a startling move, Marvel Comics has bought out animation giant Disney for an unprecedented amount of $texas.
    "I always meant to buy Disney," says Stan Lee, insane person. "It's been my dream since I created Mouse Man."

    Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis says he's been prepared for this for a while.
    "I've got this story about Goofy where his family slowly begins to disintegrate due to his career, you know? His wife eventually leaves him with Max because of his impotence. It's really heavy."

    It has been reported that Mark Millar has already been penning an Ultimates version of the Mickey Mouse club. "Mickey ends up beating Minnie in this really brutal scene, and you find out that Pete has a crippling vicodin addiction."

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Wasn't Stan Lee fired by Marvel or some shit?

    (I saw this on a crazy documentary about how evil Hillary Clinton is, so I have no idea if it's true.)

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    No?

    He wrote a comic for them like last month.

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    KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    Wasn't Stan Lee fired by Marvel or some shit?

    386px-Stan_Lee_1973.jpg

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    BlankspaceBlankspace __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    Hahahaha holy shit

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    MarthMarth Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Kusuguttai wrote: »
    actually marvel bought disney
    Marvel Buys Disney

    In a startling move, Marvel Comics has bought out animation giant Disney for an unprecedented amount of $texas.
    "I always meant to buy Disney," says Stan Lee, insane person. "It's been my dream since I created Mouse Man."

    Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis says he's been prepared for this for a while.
    "I've got this story about Goofy where his family slowly begins to disintegrate due to his career, you know? His wife eventually leaves him with Max because of his impotence. It's really heavy."

    It has been reported that Mark Millar has already been penning an Ultimates version of the Mickey Mouse club. "Mickey ends up beating Minnie in this really brutal scene, and you find out that Pete has a crippling vicodin addiction."

    the tables have turned

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    TanolenTanolen Registered User regular
    edited August 2009
    He's been old forever

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Wait is he doing that pouting lip thing so common in the Douchebag thread?

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    edited August 2009
    Blankspace wrote: »
    Ugh, I just realised this will probably mean Jonas Brothers cross-overs in Spiderman and shit.
    I highly, highly doubt this.

    Maybe in like Marvel Adventures(The Kid's Imprint).

    Nope. Considering that a big reason Disney wanted Marvel is to appeal to young boys who hate the Jonas Brothers on principle, you're more likely to see Spider-Man cameos on Disney Channel shows. Or more Marvel cartoons on TV. I really doubt it affects the comics at all.

    Do you guys remember Disney owns things like ESPN and ABC? Do you think Disney cares if Jeph Loeb kills a hundred people a comic when that comic only sells 300,000 copies? Or when they've had a show like Lost where people get buried alive and shot and exploded?

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    KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    Wait is he doing that pouting lip thing so common in the Douchebag thread?

    stan_lee.jpg

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    Viscount IslandsViscount Islands [INSERT SoKo HERE] ...it was the summer of my lifeRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Oh I know the comics won't change, I just thought one of those SPECIAL ISSUES: THE JONAS BROTHERS MEET SPIDERMAN was likely.

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    DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator, Administrator admin
    edited August 2009
    Highly doubtful.

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    KusuguttaiKusuguttai __BANNED USERS regular
    edited August 2009
    stan lee is the funniest looking motherfucker alive

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    Lord DaveLord Dave Grief Causer Bitch Free ZoneRegistered User regular
    edited August 2009
    Blankspace wrote: »
    Ugh, I just realised this will probably mean Jonas Brothers cross-overs in Spiderman and shit.
    I highly, highly doubt this.

    Maybe in like Marvel Adventures(The Kid's Imprint).

    Nope. Considering that a big reason Disney wanted Marvel is to appeal to young boys who hate the Jonas Brothers on principle, you're more likely to see Spider-Man cameos on Disney Channel shows. Or more Marvel cartoons on TV. I really doubt it affects the comics at all.

    Do you guys remember Disney owns things like ESPN and ABC? Do you think Disney cares if Jeph Loeb kills a hundred people a comic when that comic only sells 300,000 copies? Or when they've had a show like Lost where people get buried alive and shot and exploded?

    no, disney ruins everything by making it for babies

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