Earlier this morning we posted a story about the merger of Disney Studio’s with comic book giant Marvel Entertainment. Disney sent out a press release stating their plans to purchase Marvel for 4 billion dollars. With these two giants coming together, what will happen to the individuality that Marvel has set for itself? Will Disney influence the future of Marvel films, and most importantly the comic books, what will happen to the comic books?!

Besides money, Disney’s main reason for purchasing Marvel was to tap into it’s young, male audience. This may come as a shock, but Disney fans are mostly young girls (who knew?).

The future of Marvel films, while under Disney’s ownership:

  • Several Marvel properties are already in development or being produced as we speak. The studio has to uphold contracts with 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount etc.
  • Once those studio deals expire, Disney will want all of the film projects under one roof.
  • If you ever had hopes of a darker Wolverine film, you need to get over it. I don’t think that’s going to happen.
  • While you’re at it, get real comfortable with those two R-rated Punisher movies that came out recently, because you won’t see the House of Mouse put their stamp on that bloodbath!

The future of Marvel comic books:

  • Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter will remain responsible for deciding where the companies library of 5,000 characters will show up within the Disney world, including video games, online content and television.
  • There’s already been word that both companies want their distinctive characters to have “synergy” with each other.
  • Marvel has some pretty dark, comic books in circulation, which may cause a problem for Disney’s family friendly image.
  • I’ve seen crossovers between various characters before, but don’t do it Disney. DON’T DO IT. It will not be a pretty sight.

What’s the worst that can happen?

  • Marvel will be unable to compete with the darker films from rival studio DC and Warner Bros.
  • Certain existing properties may get an unwanted revamp.
  • Subliminal Disney marketing may pop up in your favorite comics.

I think Jamal Igle from DC Comics put it best when he wrote on his Twitter: “To Marvel.. good luck with the new ownership. You’ll soon find out why they’re referred to in animation circles as Mouseschwitz.”

What do you think the outcome will be for the Marvel-Disney merger? Will there be a drastic change in their characters?