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Reaction to Disney Marvel Deal

Fans and industry representatives offer reactions to today’s announcement of the Disney’s acquisition of Marvel. Newsarama has some great quotes and thoughts on today’s big news.

Disney to buy comic book powerhouse Marvel for $4B

Mickey Mouse to Team Up with Spider-ManWOW!  Two of my favorite geek properties are now in the same family?!?!

The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday the acquisition of  Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E.

You know I love Disney.  But maybe you didn’t know that I’ve grown up reading X-Men comics and loving those mutant super-heroes.  The Iron Man movie RAWKED and the Iron Man: Armored Adventures cartoon is beautiful and neat.  The Spider-Man comics, in my strong opinion, are finding a resurgence with strong storytelling.

Disney said the boards of both companies have approved the transaction, but it will require an antitrust review and the approval of Marvel shareholders.

I got all geeky giddy when reading current Head Mouse, Robert Iger said:

“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories.  Ike Perlmutter and his team have done an impressive job of nurturing these properties and have created significant value. We are pleased to bring this talent and these great assets to Disney.  We believe that adding Marvel to Disney’s unique portfolio of brands provides significant opportunities for long-term growth and value creation.”

Ike Perlmutter, Marvel’s Chief Executive Officer is positive on the acquisition:

“Disney is the perfect home for Marvel’s fantastic library of characters given its proven ability to expand content creation and licensing businesses.  This is an unparalleled opportunity for Marvel to build upon its vibrant brand and character properties by accessing Disney’s tremendous global organization and infrastructure around the world.”

Oh my!!  My geeky mind is racing with the “significant opportunities” of “value creation” of Marvel characters in the Disney mega-media machine!!  Will we see Spider-Man and the X-Men walking around Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  Will there be an Iron Man adventure ride?  How about an Marvel Superheroes / Disney team-up computer game like Disney did with the Final Fantasy characters in Kingdom Hearts?

Paramount and Sony, I believe, still hold the rights on Marvel movie distribution for the next few years, so we’ll need to wait for Disney’s influence on Marvel movies.

I just can’t fully fathom the creative future possibilities that now exist with these two giants of media in one house!

The social networks, especially Twitter, are exploding with this news!  Most are shocked by this news.  The reaction seem positive, with everyone voicing how they think Disney should handle the Marvel franchise.

What is your reaction to this news?  How would you like Disney to integrate the Marvel characters into the Disney Universe?  What do you think are some possibilities from this acquisition?

As Stan Lee would say, “Hold on True Believers!”

Click over the Travelears web site to read the full details of the deal.

Disney To Build Young Adult Fairy Saga Around Miley Cyrus

The Hannah Montana star will play a pretty fairy in the Wings Saga

According to Variety, Disney acquired the rights to Wings, a young adult fairy novel written by Aprilynne Pike.  Miley Cyrus will play Laurel, a 15-year-old girl who discovers she is a fairy sent among humans to guard the gateway to Avalon.  While attending a large high school, Laurel learns of her true nature when she sprouts a pair of wings.  Originally published in May, the novel is planned as part of a four-title series.

Debuting to positive reviews, Wings draws frequent comparisions to Stephenie Meyer’s popular Twiglight Saga.  Meyer’s gave Pike’s work her endorsement by stating “Aprilynne Pike’s Wings is a remarkable debut; the ingenuity of the mythology is matched only by the startling loveliness with which the story unfolds.

The book (and movie) should perform well as it clearly targets the huge Twilight fan base.  Wings has the familiar love triangle (between Laurel, the human boy David and the fairy Tamani) and danger that have enthralled the Twilight fanatics.

The Wings saga should prove to be another franchise hit for Disney.  This move to establish a young adult fairy saga seems to complement the company’s already established Fairy line, staring Tinker Bell, which is aimed at a young children.

Currently Cyrus is filming The Last Song, an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel.

Hong Kong lawmakers approve Disney expansion

Mickey Welcomes You to Hong Kong Disneyland

Theme Park to expand by 23 percent with three new theme areas.

Friday, Hong Kong lawmakers approved a government plan to spend HK$3.63 billion ($468 million) to expand Hong Kong Disneyland, reports Reuters.

Hong Kong Disneyland is the smallest of Disney’s five resorts.

Attendance has been far below targeted estimates.  The government hopes the expansion will boost long term attendance.

Click here to read the Reuters report with the cost breakdown.

Hulu Starts Showing ABC Content

Five episodes of Grey’s Anatomy from Season five are now available to Hulu users, PC Magazine is reporting.

Hulu announced that, as part of the Hulu Days of Summer promotion, more ABC shows will launch.  This new content will include current hits like I Survived a Japanese Game Show and The Superstars, as well as popular shows like Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty and Scrubs.

To read the full PC Magazine article, click here.

Disney’s Hong Kong Plan Hits Blockage

Last week the Walt Disney Company and Hong Kong agreed at a cost of 3.5 billion Hong Kong dollars ($450 million) to expand Hong Kong Disneyland.  This expansion is an effort to boost the park’s fortunes.  Saturday, Hong Kong lawmakers now require the governement and the Walt Disney Co. to disclose the theme park’s performance before approving the expansion plan.

Click here to read the full Wall Street Journal article.