Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney to Buy Marvel for $4 Billion

Comics worth $4 billion, who knew?

Marvel controls rights to 5,000 comic characters, including Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America.


  1. Disney's purchase of Marvel Comics looks normal on the surface, but I am concerned the creative freedom side of Marvel will not survive. Would "V For Vendetta" have ever seen the light of day if Disney had owned it back then?

    Is comic book, critical portrayal of the establishment in jeopardy, now that Marvel is to be owned by mainstream (government-guided) media? Will Marvel comic book creativity succumb to "thinking inside the box"?

    I hope not.

    (I am not a comic book reader, but I have certainly enjoyed its subject matter appearing in the cinema.)

  2. Anonymous, I would not be so worried. Marvel is not a publisher of challenging works. For content outside of the mainstream look toward Vertigo, whose parent company is DC Comics and was the US publisher of V for Vendetta, and Dark Horse comics.