But most comic fans care about something else entirely: will the comics change? I personally hope and think not, as with Time-Warner's purchase of DC, it left day to day operations mostly the same. But there are sure to be some changes, just as there are in any transaction this big. Hit the jump to see some first thoughts and speculation in possible upcoming changes regarding Disney's purchase of Marvel.
Disney is a worldwide brand, with many outlets around the whole world. This will do wonders for Marvel's products and character, especially in a worldwide stage where they may not be as popular. Spider-Man is a pretty known character, but he is nowhere near as popular as Mickey Mouse.
2 - BOOM!'s line of Disney Adaptations
Not very long ago, BOOM! started line of adaptations of Disney comics, such as The Incredibles, Cars, and The Muppets among others. What will happen to these comics now that Disney has it's own publishing company to release these comics. Marvel/Disney could theoretically purchase BOOM! and keep it as an imprint of Marvel comics, specially considering that Mark Waid, BOOM!'s editor in chief, already works heavily with Marvel.
3 - Marvel Movies
The companies have already stated that movie franchises that are already established with other companies, such as the X-Men with 20th Century Fox and Spider-Man with Sony/Columbia, will stay where they are now, but it leaves it open for all upcoming movies. Disney's international handling of movies, like it did with Pixar, could work greatly in Marvel's favor.
4 - Animated Shows
Marvel was just bought by the biggest animation studio in the world, so the possibilities are literally endless for current and upcoming animated projects from Marvel. Marvel shows could be shown in Disney Channel, one of the biggest and most popular cable channels for children. Considering all the push that Marvel has been doing with their recent Marvel Super Hero Squad, this is pretty important.
5 - Marvel Super Hero Island
People that have visited Islands of Adventure, which is part of Universal Studios, know that there is a section (or Island) dedicated completely to Marvel characters and is home to popular rides such as the Incredible Hulk roller coaster and The Amazing Spider-Man ride. Universal Studios is Disney's main competition in the theme park business, so I don't know what is going to happen there. Both have theme parks located in Orlando, Florida.
6 - Creative Control?
This is the dark underside of this purchase. Everyone hopes that comics will stay the same, but Disney is very "anal" (for lack of a better word) about their product's respectable standing. If a product is deemed too questionable, Disney could put a stop to it. It's something that no party involved will want to do, but at the end of the day, with a company this big purchasing Marvel (which up to this point was it's own company), the possibility of outside censorship becomes more likely.
Those are my first and initial thoughts on this new purchase, we will have another post later today with a more fleshed out analysis of the impact. How are you feeling, dear readers? Excited, scared, confused? Let us know in the comments section!