I think it is a very strategic acquistion for Disney. They have a corner on the market for little kids with the typical Disney fair (Mickey, Pooh, etc). They own Pixar. They have pre-teen girls with Hannah Montana and Jonas Brothers.
However, they lacked exposure to pre-teen boys. I think this will solidify their position as an entertainment company from 0 to 12 or 13 in both genders. They also own ESPN so they can get access to the older male demographic as well.
Seems to me like they are gradually trying to access every demographic and entertain (and advertise) from cradle to grave. Seems like a good idea to me.
Aquaman is a DC character. Marvel has Namor the Submariner, and he joneses too much for the Invisible Woman to settle for Ariel.
As for Disney's relative lack of visibility among pre-teen boys, buying Marvel might not make that much of a difference. Pre-teen boys may play the video games, but they're not the ones buying the comic books or most of the movie tickets.
I'll tell you what's smart of this. If the X-Men, Spider-Man, and the Fantastic 4 start wandering around the theme parks, older kids and adults will enjoy Disneyland a lot more.
But I'm not sure the Punisher would fit in well there.
How about which Disney attractions would suit what Marvel character best?
Ka-Zar: The Jungle Cruise The Fantastic 4 and the Silver Surfer: Space Mountain Ghost Rider: the Haunted Mansion Namor: Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage Vertigo and Riptide: the Mad Tea Party Punisher and Domino: Frontierland Shooting Exposition Angel: Dumbo the Flying Elephant Iceman and Wendigo: Matterhorn Forge: Gadget's Go Coaster and Innoventions Ant Man and Wasp: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience Pixie: Tinkerbell and her Fairy Friends
Nightcrawler: Pirates of the Caribbean, then Star Tours, then Tom Sawyer's Island, then the Columbia, then Peter Pan's Flight, then King Arthur's Carousel, and back to Pirates of the Caribbean. As a teleporter, he can pull all that off.
Multiple Man: Everything at once.
Gambit: Gambit don't do rides. He just hang out at de Blue Bayou and do card tricks.
Both Marvel and Disney will in fact benefit from this. Look for Marvel movies, such as Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk (with Edward Norton), Spider-Man and X-Men on ABC very soon, as the rights to those movies now belong to Disney.
At first, I think that Marvel Studios was hoping to stick with Sony, but something went awry. Now, Marvel won't ever have to worry about not receiving financial backing since Disney is funding everything, just as long as Disney approves every move!
This is actually very good news to hear. I hope to sweet Maria that they will now make an Avengers movie! I can't wait
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