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Sep. 1, 2009by: Paul Tassi

I’ve been reading your guys' comments on the whole Disney/Marvel deal over the past twenty four hours, and I've successfully narrowed your reactions down to three opinion camps:

1) This is the worst news ever because now Zac Efron will obviously be Wolverine and the Jonas Brothers will be the Avengers and all superhero movies will now be musicals.

2) This is the greatest news ever because now we’ll get a Disney/Marvel/Pixar team up that will result in movies so awesome our eyes will explode.

3) Could be good, could be bad. We’ll see.

But there’s one man’s opinion everyone’s wondering about. That would be Marvel guru, Stan “The Man” Lee, and reading his recent statement about the buyout, he seems to be heavily leaning toward camp number two:

"I couldn't be happier with this agreement. It's [a] great move for Disney, for Marvel and for my company Pow! Entertainment since Pow! has a first-look deal with Disney. From every point of view, the merger of Disney and Marvel is a match made in heaven."

"Just imagine," he said, "with this deal Marvel gives Disney a library of literally hundreds of unique and colorful characters that have the potential to make great, high-concept movies and long-lasting franchises—and nobody knows how to play in that ball park better than Disney."

"This is a great day for the two companies and for the entertainment community as a whole," he continued. "To sum it up as simply as possible, when you combine the best with the best, everyone wins!"

I’m of the mindset that this isn’t a bad idea due to the fact I'm convinced the Punisher will have to start using a squirt gun, I'm just always skeptical of these giant corporations mashing together and absorbing each other leading to one day when we'll wake up and we’re all being governed by Cyberdyne.

Extra Tidbit: Hell, I'm sort of in camp number two as well. Marvel/Pixar? Come on!
Source: JoBlo

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1:09AM on 09/03/2009
This is a bad Idea. I agree with the last comment. Marvel wanted to be their own, and now they go and do this. It's not gonna last. I give it a yr. or less.
This is a bad Idea. I agree with the last comment. Marvel wanted to be their own, and now they go and do this. It's not gonna last. I give it a yr. or less.
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12:17PM on 09/02/2009
I thought Marvel Entertainment came out and were proud to be their own company, free of studio execs. Now look at this!
I thought Marvel Entertainment came out and were proud to be their own company, free of studio execs. Now look at this!
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1:35AM on 09/02/2009
I think it's great. I mean, did any of these whiners throw hissy fits when DC was snatched by Time Warner? OH NO, ELMER FUD IN MY BATMAN BAWWWWWWWWWWW! Seriously, what gives?
I think it's great. I mean, did any of these whiners throw hissy fits when DC was snatched by Time Warner? OH NO, ELMER FUD IN MY BATMAN BAWWWWWWWWWWW! Seriously, what gives?
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12:50AM on 09/02/2009

LOL at Craig Ferguson's joke tonight.

"At least now we're one step closer to seeing the Jonas Brothers get killed by The Incredible Hulk."
"At least now we're one step closer to seeing the Jonas Brothers get killed by The Incredible Hulk."
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11:25PM on 09/01/2009
Zac Efron as Wolverine isn't too far off from what Jackman has already done to the character.
Zac Efron as Wolverine isn't too far off from what Jackman has already done to the character.
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9:39PM on 09/01/2009

Ironic

I should have seen this coming because norman osborn rules the marvel univers and now mickey owns marvel. Anyone see a connection there?
I should have seen this coming because norman osborn rules the marvel univers and now mickey owns marvel. Anyone see a connection there?
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9:08PM on 09/01/2009

Marvel movies aren't R rated

Well, except for Punisher: War Zone. Did any of the Blade movies have R ratings? They weren't all that gory, you know. Most Marvel movies are already family orientated. As for the comics, the movie division already had the upper hand because it was making more money: the head of the movie division complained that the comics were getting too "adult" and the editor-in-chief at Marvel comics was immediately fired. This was back in the days when Marvel was liscencing out its characters: a Nick
Well, except for Punisher: War Zone. Did any of the Blade movies have R ratings? They weren't all that gory, you know. Most Marvel movies are already family orientated. As for the comics, the movie division already had the upper hand because it was making more money: the head of the movie division complained that the comics were getting too "adult" and the editor-in-chief at Marvel comics was immediately fired. This was back in the days when Marvel was liscencing out its characters: a Nick Fury movie fell through because the MAX comic was considered too adult. Come to think of it, it was just as well because if the character Nick Fury had been liscenced out then he couldn't appear in Iron Man.

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11:56AM on 09/02/2009
actually all of the blade movies had R ratings...
actually all of the blade movies had R ratings...
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8:16PM on 09/01/2009
Oh course he is going to be happy with it, he's now a Billionaire.
Oh course he is going to be happy with it, he's now a Billionaire.
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8:10PM on 09/01/2009
as long as disney lets marvel be marvel, then i have no problem with this. in fact, it makes me excited. but only if disney lets marvel be marvel. if disney starts telling marvel how to do their thing and dumbs down characters and makes darker characters more family fiendly, and anything like that, then yeah, this is a bad idea. but right now, im leaning towrds the idea that this is a good thing. we'll see
as long as disney lets marvel be marvel, then i have no problem with this. in fact, it makes me excited. but only if disney lets marvel be marvel. if disney starts telling marvel how to do their thing and dumbs down characters and makes darker characters more family fiendly, and anything like that, then yeah, this is a bad idea. but right now, im leaning towrds the idea that this is a good thing. we'll see
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7:23PM on 09/01/2009
I think #1 says it all.
I think #1 says it all.
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7:47PM on 09/01/2009
I think anyone that believes #1 will happen is an idiot.
I think anyone that believes #1 will happen is an idiot.
7:03PM on 09/01/2009
If Stan is happy with it, then so am I.

Seriously, I don't see the big problem. Disney didn't buy Marvel so they could change how they work, they bought it cause they realise the massive potention of the movie franchises. Disney will sit back and let Marvel do what they do. Just like they have done with Pixar.
If Stan is happy with it, then so am I.

Seriously, I don't see the big problem. Disney didn't buy Marvel so they could change how they work, they bought it cause they realise the massive potention of the movie franchises. Disney will sit back and let Marvel do what they do. Just like they have done with Pixar.
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5:11PM on 09/01/2009

DISNEY/PIXAR..... WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!

As someone in the animation industry....all i can say is that if Lasseter and the boys put their minds to it they can bring out a brilliant Civil War mini series that will blow our socks off!!!!! Go on guys dont let us down!!!!
As someone in the animation industry....all i can say is that if Lasseter and the boys put their minds to it they can bring out a brilliant Civil War mini series that will blow our socks off!!!!! Go on guys dont let us down!!!!
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5:08PM on 09/01/2009

DISNEY/PIXAR..... WOOOHOOOOOO!!!!

As someone in the animation industry....all i can say is that if Lasseter and the boys put their minds to it they can bring out a brilliant Civil War mini series that will blow our socks off!!!!! Go on guys dont let us down!!!!
As someone in the animation industry....all i can say is that if Lasseter and the boys put their minds to it they can bring out a brilliant Civil War mini series that will blow our socks off!!!!! Go on guys dont let us down!!!!
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4:39PM on 09/01/2009
Honestly, I'm not so much worried about Marvel's films as I am their comics. If Disney's smart, they'll simply sit back and reap boatloads of cash from the movies. Comics-wise, though, I'm not sure how happy they'll be putting out things like the MAX imprint. What it comes down to is, so long as they don't try to interfere creatively, then whatever. But if they start fucking with some of the more adult titles, and "sanitizing" the books for younger audiences, then Marvel's gonna lose a lot
Honestly, I'm not so much worried about Marvel's films as I am their comics. If Disney's smart, they'll simply sit back and reap boatloads of cash from the movies. Comics-wise, though, I'm not sure how happy they'll be putting out things like the MAX imprint. What it comes down to is, so long as they don't try to interfere creatively, then whatever. But if they start fucking with some of the more adult titles, and "sanitizing" the books for younger audiences, then Marvel's gonna lose a lot of customers.
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4:24PM on 09/01/2009

Been great news but about the rides..

They had a whole press release about this today. Being that NBC Universal owns all Marvel related amusements east of the Mississippi, Marvel amusements will stay at Universal in Orlando. As for the California theme park, The first Marvel ride can be created by think 2010 or 2013 (one was for movies and one was for rides).

This is great news. Disney isnt touching anything. Just will reap profits from everything in the end.
They had a whole press release about this today. Being that NBC Universal owns all Marvel related amusements east of the Mississippi, Marvel amusements will stay at Universal in Orlando. As for the California theme park, The first Marvel ride can be created by think 2010 or 2013 (one was for movies and one was for rides).

This is great news. Disney isnt touching anything. Just will reap profits from everything in the end.
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4:15PM on 09/01/2009

PULP FICTION FROM DISNEY TOO IDIOTS!

COME ON NOW!!!! THIS IS GREAT NEWS, DISNEY KNOWS WHEN TO GO HARDCORE AND THEY DO
COME ON NOW!!!! THIS IS GREAT NEWS, DISNEY KNOWS WHEN TO GO HARDCORE AND THEY DO
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3:49PM on 09/01/2009

Pixar doesn't need Marvel

The Incredibles was better that the 2 Fantastic 4 movies combined. I'd want to see more Incredibles.

And what long lasting franchise is he talking about, the National treasure or POTC sequels? All of the good Disney animated films got a bunch of horrible direct-to-video sequels for a quick money-grab, which I can see happening to the marvel characters.
The Incredibles was better that the 2 Fantastic 4 movies combined. I'd want to see more Incredibles.

And what long lasting franchise is he talking about, the National treasure or POTC sequels? All of the good Disney animated films got a bunch of horrible direct-to-video sequels for a quick money-grab, which I can see happening to the marvel characters.
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3:49PM on 09/01/2009

DISNEY OWNS MIRAMAX!!

Thank you csdot!! I'm sick of people all over the "information super Highway" saying that were gonna see cheeky Marvel movies. I seriously doubt Disney will brand Marvel Movies with Disney Logo, Maybe if they do it with Pixar which will be awesome anyway, but they'll probably just brand it with from Marvel Entertainment or Miramax, c'mon you guys wisen up. Punisher with a squirt gun, funny but not likely. They aren't one of the biggest companies in the world because they make lame decisions.
Thank you csdot!! I'm sick of people all over the "information super Highway" saying that were gonna see cheeky Marvel movies. I seriously doubt Disney will brand Marvel Movies with Disney Logo, Maybe if they do it with Pixar which will be awesome anyway, but they'll probably just brand it with from Marvel Entertainment or Miramax, c'mon you guys wisen up. Punisher with a squirt gun, funny but not likely. They aren't one of the biggest companies in the world because they make lame decisions. This is the best news Marvel and its fans have seen in a long time. Disney, now that Iger is in charge is totally awesome again.
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3:39PM on 09/01/2009
also consider disney owns miramax which releases hard R movies all the time. im not worried about marvel studios being able to continue to make the same kind of movies they would anyway. its all just under the disney umbrella
also consider disney owns miramax which releases hard R movies all the time. im not worried about marvel studios being able to continue to make the same kind of movies they would anyway. its all just under the disney umbrella
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3:11PM on 09/01/2009

Also consider

Also consider that Disney did the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Not exactly devoid of violence.
Also consider that Disney did the Pirates of the Caribbean films. Not exactly devoid of violence.
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2:59PM on 09/01/2009

C'mon now

What did you think someone that owns stock in Marvel is going to say? Umm yeah I just made a bundle of money so hell yes it's a good thing.
Regardless of what I think will happen to my beloved creations, I'm even MORE stinking rich now WOO HOO!!! Screw the fans just give me's my money!
What did you think someone that owns stock in Marvel is going to say? Umm yeah I just made a bundle of money so hell yes it's a good thing.
Regardless of what I think will happen to my beloved creations, I'm even MORE stinking rich now WOO HOO!!! Screw the fans just give me's my money!
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2:59PM on 09/01/2009

MARVEL RIDES!!

an iron man roller coaster in disney world! the spider-man stunt show spectacular! maybe marvel characters in the next kingdom hearts game?!
an iron man roller coaster in disney world! the spider-man stunt show spectacular! maybe marvel characters in the next kingdom hearts game?!
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2:56PM on 09/01/2009
Disney doesnt only make family friendly films, those are released under Touchstone. The Prestige and Apocalypto arent family friendly movies, are they ? Touchstone is behind those films. Touchstone is Disney. Stop panicking.
Disney doesnt only make family friendly films, those are released under Touchstone. The Prestige and Apocalypto arent family friendly movies, are they ? Touchstone is behind those films. Touchstone is Disney. Stop panicking.
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2:45PM on 09/01/2009
On one hand perhaps this is a scheme to get the characters away from Sony and Fox. But on the other hand any posibility of an R rated marvel movie has just flown out the window. Lets face it characters like Wolverine or venom cannot be pg13.
On one hand perhaps this is a scheme to get the characters away from Sony and Fox. But on the other hand any posibility of an R rated marvel movie has just flown out the window. Lets face it characters like Wolverine or venom cannot be pg13.
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2:40PM on 09/01/2009

i don't really care anymore

the only 2 marvel comics i read were spiderman and xmen. those 2 movie franchises are pretty much over after their respective 3rd movies. so since those are the only 2 marvel characters i gave a crap about, this doesn't affect me as much.
the only 2 marvel comics i read were spiderman and xmen. those 2 movie franchises are pretty much over after their respective 3rd movies. so since those are the only 2 marvel characters i gave a crap about, this doesn't affect me as much.
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2:36PM on 09/01/2009

THIS IS S*** ...

... however you look at it. Disney and Pixar stand for family nonviolent entertainment, and some of the Marvel characters stand for voiolence ( oh, yeah, I'm talking Wolverine, Punisher, Blade etc.) And now, since Disney bought Marvel, we're gonna see more family friendly adaptations of Marvel. This is also bad for Pixar, which created original and unique cartoons, and now may be forced to do Spider-Man 3D animated movie or something like it. This also means some of the shitty directors like
... however you look at it. Disney and Pixar stand for family nonviolent entertainment, and some of the Marvel characters stand for voiolence ( oh, yeah, I'm talking Wolverine, Punisher, Blade etc.) And now, since Disney bought Marvel, we're gonna see more family friendly adaptations of Marvel. This is also bad for Pixar, which created original and unique cartoons, and now may be forced to do Spider-Man 3D animated movie or something like it. This also means some of the shitty directors like Jon Turteltaub will get to direct something like Daredevil. This is disaster, no matter what Stan Lee says.
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2:24PM on 09/01/2009

Hmmm

I think its gonna be weird seeing the Disney logo right before a Marvel movie.
I think its gonna be weird seeing the Disney logo right before a Marvel movie.
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2:00PM on 09/01/2009
yeah marvel pixar is just insane.
yeah marvel pixar is just insane.
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