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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Disney buys Marvel; what's next?

Disney, which seems bound to own every pop culture property in our lifetime, has bought Marvel. That much we know.

What we don't know is what Disney has planned for the comic-book company. Or, at least in my mind, what it has planned for its movie franchises.

Followers of Marvel have known for some time the company's blockbuster plan to churn out movies until they reached the grand finale of super-hero movies - The Avengers.

The concept seemed very cool. Movies based on the Marvel characters Thor and Captain America were planned to follow the already released Ironman and Hulk movies. Shortly after the Captain America movie, the four characters were then expected to form Marvel's greatest super hero team, The Avengers.

Will this plan come to fruition? The guess here is probably not. The biggest stumbling block is the Thor movie, which Disney will likely analyze and say, "We can spend $150 million in a lot better places."

My hope is that at least the Captain America movie gets made. Cap is a underrated super hero and his story, based during World War II as he fights Nazis, has plenty of fascinating possibilities.

Don't hold your breath, though. Disney likes to make money and that will ultimately be the main reason why any of these super hero movies ever get made.

- Mark Podolski


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