Monday, August 31, 2009
The Mouse Of Ideas?!
Everyone is atwitter with the news, especially on Twitter, that Disney is buying Marvel Entertainment.
I think this is a good thing for Disney, Marvel, and for comics in general. It hasn't exactly hurt DC to be owned by Time/Warner. In fact, having coporate powerhouses heavily invested in the success of both Big 2 comic companies should provide a stabilizing force to a shaky comics industry and an even bigger push toward new audiences and new media. It's not like Marvel wasn't already run with "the bottom line" in mind and with the marketing and licensing suits having as much say as the creatives, right? And now, in addition to that big mouse-eared safety net, Marvel may get to exploit (in the good way) relationships with other Disney properties, like Pixar (The Incredibles already out fantastic the Fantastic Four!), Jim Henson Studios (Is Gonzo a mutant? Does Animal have a healing factor?), and ABC (Oceanic Flight 815 now departing for the Savage Land!).
I've been having fun contributing some amusing thoughts on this deal on Twitter all day. (Feel free to join in on the fun in the comments section):
>>Foggy Nelson replaced with talking/singing squirrel
>>Ultimate Jonas Brothers!
>>RT @BrianLynch: First Disney/Marvel collab. Hannah Montana refuses to reveal secret identity, goes to war w/ Iron Man.
>>Namor battles Ursula the Sea Witch for dominion over the seven seas
>>High School Musical 4: Die Mutie Scum!
>>The Shaggy D.A. to be reimagined starring Wolfsbane
>>New hero to fight crime with Flubber-based powers
>>Mary Poppins to nanny for the Richards fam
>>Mickey Mouse Club to introduce new Black+White King+Queen hierarchy
>>Scrooge McDuck becomes the new financier of the Avengers, adds Darkwing Duck and Gizmoduck to the roster
>>Maleficent look to become the new Black Queen of the Hellfire Club
>>Puck named 8th dwarf
>>Marvel Divas to add Ariel the Mermaid, Princess Jasmine, and Mulan to the line-up
>>Coming soon: The Sorcerer Supreme's Apprentice
>>RT @joshuwain: "Finding Namor"
>>RT @BRIANMBENDIS bravo to @BrianReed for: "Face it Tigger, you just hit the jackpot!" now everyone can stop
>>RT @BRIANMBENDISno, i did not kill the wasp to make way for tinkerbell. but she would be a kick ass avenger
>>Sorry, Donald, but Howard the Duck is totally going to nail Daisy
If you're not already following me @D18Matt, this is the sort of comedy gold you've been missing. :)
Posted by Matt Bergin at 1:08 PM