Disney Purcahses Marvel... For 4 Billon Dollars.
It's too unpredictable right now to get upset, whatever long lasting effects this buyout will have I don't think were going to see it anytime soon. (WHICH IS A GOOD THING.)
My main concern, as is everyone's, is that Disney stays far and away from major decisions regarding how Marvel runs itself. A "G" rated X-men sing-a-long is not my idea of a fun time. Let Marvel be Marvel.
It looks like from early reports this seems to be the case. People tend to forget that Disney owns a lot of things. As PenguinDust said, they are the #1 media conglomerate in the U.S.
My prediction is that Disney is seeing the superhero movie craze, and wants in on some of the action. How hands on they will be we will see in time, although reports that Disney themselves have a say on re-examining Marvel video game deals is something that bothers me for the long term.
Lowell Singer, Disney's senior vice president of investor relations
What's good for the company, and more importantly for the products, is a collaborative effort between Marvel and variety of good game studios. I don't have to be a suit to tell you that the more different creative takes their are on a property in the video game industry, the higher chance of experimentation and success there is. Not all Marvel titles in the past have been AAA masterpieces, (They CAN do better: Most have been problematic in regards to the classic problem of fitting a game development schedule to a movie development schedule.) but for the most part we've had surprising success with the likes of Raven's Marvel: UA and more recently X-men Origins.
"While we have been steadily moving in the direction of video game integration, we don't rule out the blend of licensing and self-produced and distributed video games.
"As these licensing deals expire we have the luxury of considering what's best for the company and the products."
The concept of moving all Marvel game properties to be made in-house at Disney disturbs me. We need to know more about what their long term outlook is.
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