10) Marvel World / Disney World
It's only a matter of time before Marvel characters get their own section in Disney World. When they do, I'll be booking my ticket to Florida to check out the attractions. At the bare minimum, we'll get to see Marvel rollercoasters moved to Disney locations. Here's hoping we get our own little comic book section to bask in as well. Of course, drunken Howard the Duck vs Donald Duck fights will be the prime attraction.
9) Marvelman = Golden
With Disney's lawyer muscle at Marvel's disposal, it means the rights to Marvelman are absolutely golden. Any questions regarding Alan Moore's or Neil Gaiman's Marvelman stories seeing print again have all but been washed away and I can't wait to see them in print again. While not a direct project to come out of Disney's acquisition, I'm happy to see it now because it's guaranteed to see the light of day post-Disney.
8) Marvel & DC Patch Things Up
What? How does Disney buying Marvel correlate to Marvel and DC playing nice again? Well, Marvel has always been open to doing team ups (heck, Bendis has been begging for a Daredevil/Batman team-up). It's been more about DC's taking Jemas's and Quesada's public trash talking a bit too seriously (it was unprofessional, but let it go man!).
With Disney owning Marvel and DC having some shake-ups and becoming DC Entertainment, I'm hoping the two parent companies can get their kids to play nice and stop this little feud fromgetting in the way of making a whole lot of money that us fanboys will spend on these Marvel/DC mash-ups (yes, I bought Marvel vs DC and all the Amalgam Comics and would do it again in a heartbeat! Such is my blind fanboy devotion and I know there are thousands of others like me waiting for more of these types of comics.
So, on my fantasy list of items, this gets a spot regardless of it having very little to do with or even likelihood of happening because of this acquisition.
7) Marvel Gets Film Rights Back
Back when Marvel was in the crapper for bankruptcy, they did some stupid, but necessary things, like signing over the rights to Spider-Man and X-Men in pereptuity, which means forever, basically. Marvel now has their own studios, yet can't produce their biggest franchises in house. Disney buying them changes all that and have the lawyers that basically changed copyright laws so Mickey Mouse wouldn't be up for grabs. Like the Marvelman point, if anyone can get these properties back from Sony and Fox, it's Disney. I know I'd rather not see emo Peter Parker doing dance routines and a near Shumacher-like Spider-Man sequel again. Here's hoping they can get these back some day.
6) Disney Buys Boom, Folds Into Marvel
This is actually one I could see happening on some level. Disney licensed itself out to Boom Studios! to make comics based on their properties, most notably Incredibles. Disney now owns their own comic company. I can't see them letting outsiders look after their properties now, but I don't want to see them just rip it from Boom either, as that could cripple the fledgling company that has shown some promise.
Maybe a buyout of Boom and collapsing it into Marvel is in order? It would bring more marketing power and talent to the company and get those Incredibles comics out there for more to see, possibly in Disney stores and other chains, too, without ending Boom. DC seems to be able to sustain imprints like Vertigo, Wildstorm, et al, so I could see Marvel easily taking them on. Would make a home/imprint for their literay adaptations, like Wizard of Oz and the like, too.
5) More, Better Cartoons
Let's be honest here, Marvel's cartoons, for all they've done, come up well short of the bar set by DC's JLA, JLU, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond and numerous other properties (sadly, mostly only Batman though).
The 90's Spider-Man was okay and there's some love for Spectacular Spider-Man and the odd X-Men cartoon, but here's hoping for some better offerings from now that they have access to Disney's expertise. It should be easy to do a good Iron Man or Fantastic Four or Avengers or any other property as a cartoon, but, sadly, they've all come up lacking.
There's also the whole direct-to-DVD market, which Marvel has been working on lately, that Disney could help expand and open up doors for. Imagine an actual good feature length cartoon movie alla the recent Wonder Woman, Green Lantern: First Flight and other DC offerings?
4) Goodbye Diamond, Hello Harper!
“At minimum I would expect that Diamond Book Distribution will lose Marvel from its catalog as they will no doubt move to Harper.” - Dan Vado of SLG Publishing, home of Disney properties “Haunted Mansion,” “Tron,” and “Gargoyles,” among others.
While Diamond did a great number of good things for comics and I give credit where it's due, to turn an online meme phrase, they are currently the cancer killing comics with their publishing monopoly. With DC Entertainment contemplating a move to a new distributor, it seems Diamond's days are numbered if Marvel switches out to Harper.
Marvel tried their own publishing once before and failed due to bad timing and business on their end, but I would be all for them moving to Harper simply to break Diamond's hold on the market. This move could also see a reduction in costs, as Diamond is taking over 60% of the pie on cover prices as it is, which could be passed onto consumers. Another plus would be the increased profile, maybe a small return to the newstand or, at the bare minimum, spotlights in Disney stores.
3) A Pixar Marvel Movie
Who doesn't want this? Seriously, it has to be the number one thing that popped into people's heads and there were already rumours of the oft-mentioned Ant-Man project being in the works. Incredibles is already the best Fantastic Four movie you'll ever see. I can only imagine what Pixar could do with an actual licensed property.
However, I think this is all a pipe dream at this point. Disney has no creative control over Pixar and Pixar has shown no interest in non-original properties at this point in time. A man can dream, though, can't he? I'd love to see what they could do with more off-beat Marvel properties, like a Runaways or even an all ages version of the Iron Fist mythos.
2) Kingdom Hearts - Marvel Edition
Everyone that's played a video game before has heard of Kingdom Hearts. It's a mash-up between Disney and Square-Enix characters, particularly of the Final Fantasy variety. It's also beloved by just about anyone that's played it. As such, my penultimate item for this list goes to a Kingdom Hearts Marvel mix. It could simply be Marvel and Disney only or continue the tradition with the Square-Enix crew, but with Marvel characters on top of the Disney ones, or any variation of this theme.
1) The Return of CrossGen
CrossGen was a comic book company that launched in 1998. It featured unique ideas and concepts, both in their comics and behind the scenes, and was a breeding ground for new talent, such as Greg Land (before he traced), Steve McNiven, Josh Middleton and the list goes on and on. Sadly, they went bankrupt and had to close down shop. Disney bought the rights to CrossGen back in 2004 for $1 million to get access to the rights to Abadazad, which they had future plans for (it became a sort of hybrid children's book).
What does all this mean? Well, just about every creator that worked for CrossGen at the time now works for or still has a working relationship with Marvel. Disney owns Marvel. CrossGen's line ended abruptly with many comics unpublished or in script format. See where I'm going with this?
At the very least, I would expect to see the comics back into print (Disney licensed the reprints to Checker Books, but nothing major ever came of it) and, if we're lucky, maybe see CrossGen reborn as Marvel's Wildstorm-like imprint. The Path, Meridian, Sojourn, Crux, Negation, Route 666, Ruse, Brath and several other of the various titles put out by CrossGen were well done and I honestly believe if they had launched just a few years later after the whole comics depression at the tail end of the 90's (say post-Ultimate Universe), they'd still be publishing and thriving today. Hopefully Disney can be persuaded to shuffle the rights over to Marvel so we can see some new projects or reprints of this once great line of comics.
There you have it! Ten things I'd like to see come out of the whole Disney/Marvel acquisition. I'm not sure if all or any of them will see the light of day, but, hey a man can dream, can't he? What about you? What's on your dream list for Disney/Marvel projects or happenings to come out of the dealings?