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AI: Dragon*Con Special Edition!

Earlier this week, Disney bought Marvel Comics, in what some consider to be an unholy alliance.

I’m currently at Dragon*Con, home of science fiction, superheroes and fantasy so I’m sure there will be lots of buzz about this purchase.  Folks on Twitter are already speculating about what this means through the hash tag #frankenmarveldisney.

So, in honor of Dragon*Con:

What bizarre combinations could the Marvel/Disney federation create? Spider Mickey? HulkBuzzLightyear? Iron Hannah Montana?


The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear daily at 3pm ET.

Masala Skeptic

Maria Walters (a.k.a. Masala Skeptic) has spent a lot of time in ‘furrin parts,’ including Hong Kong, Trinidad, and Pittsburgh. Although her passport is from India, she’s spent most of her adult life in the United States. She currently lives in Atlanta and has an unhealthy affection for science fiction, Neil Gaiman and all things Muppet.

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29 Comments

  1. Kingdom Hearts 3 (you know there’ll be one) is going to be *awesome*. New York City world, where you can pick up Spiderman and Wolverine as friendlies? Goofy wielding Captain America’s shield? Donald having a wizard battle with Doctor Strange? A boss battle with Magneto?

    It’ll be awesome.

  2. I think Disney will screw it up and destroy the Marvel franchise through bone-headed moves by clueless executives who think they know more about comic books than the people who have written, drawn, read and lived them their entire lives. They will cut out and discard its soul and then try to wring profit from the soulless zombie they are left with. They will fail.

  3. Gooferine? Defeating Magneto with fairies? The Spider King?

    Most likely none of those things. If they’re intelligent they’ll let Marvel essentially run itself (within reason). If not, they’ll interfere with probably disastrous results.

  4. @Kimbo Jones: Indeed. What I’d heard is that Disney is mainly interested in having more content for their Disney XD teen-oriented TV channel. Getting a chunk of Marvel’s film business is icing on the cake.

    I’d be very surprised if they bothered to meddle with the comics at all. They have very little to gain there and a lot to lose, just from a business perspective.

    @Tanstaafl56: He’s too busy counting his money. =D

  5. Actually, I love disney. I love marvel and dc and kitchen sink and top cow and dark horse. But they are and always have been a business most of the early comic book guys came up out of the soft core porn of new york city in the thirties. If Sturgeon’s law holds then 10 percent of everything out the combined company will be good and 90% will be crap and that will be pretty good.

  6. We in the Theme Part Industry wonder what will happen to Disney’s rivals. Universal Studios Orlando has a whole section of their park devoted to the Marvel characters. Will Universal be forced to re-theme all those rides with some generic alternative? The Amazing Arachnid Man, Captain United States, The Incredibly Bulky Guy. (He’s not green, he’s chartreuse)

  7. @Nick Farrantello: Actually, no. The Universal contract is worded in such a way that they can keep limited rights to the characters for their attractions as long as they keep those attractions open. However, the situation is funny in that Universal is paying royalties to The Mouse.

    (I live in Florida. I’m supposed to know this stuff. :) )

    I think it could be interesting if they decided to start making their character based comics again under the Marvel imprint. Which I think could be a good thing, because the comics fanbase is aging, and that would be something to appeal to a younger audience. Other than that, I think Disney’s smart enough to not try too much. And there’s not much they can do with movies because the major characters are already contracted to the movie companies for a while. At worst they’ll do about as much as they did with Star Wars. Or that’s my two cents.

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