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MOVIES, TELEVISION & COMIC BOOKS: Disney Buys Marvel!

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Walt Disney Co. is about to lay out $4 billion to add Marvel Comics to its family – uniting Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse under the same banner. The purpose of the acquisition is to enable Disney to reconnect with the young, male audience it has been losing over the last several years.
While the timing of the deal may seem odd, taking place as it does in a time when the media business is coping with shrinking audiences and declining advertisers, Disney will be acquiring a stable of very popular characters to use in virtually arm of its business interests. Movies, television, comic books, theme parks; live action, animation – for Disney – and Marvel, too – this could be a match made in financial heaven.

As Disney Chief Financial Officer Tom Staggs told Reuters on Monday, “(Marvel’s) audience is surprisingly broad. It transcends gender and age and has real potential worldwide. They skew a little more toward boys than many of our properties.”

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Major Plot Change at Marvel Comics – Will Spider-Man Look the Same?

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Fan’s over Marvel Comics have seen many plot changes over the years. True Believers have witnessed Captain American gunned down on the courthouse steps and comic publisher climbing the steps to the bankruptcy court. Today a broad shadow of uncertainty has enveloped the entire Marvel Universe when it was made public that Disney will acquire the hero factory that has produced Spider-Man, Iron Man, The X-Men, Hulk, Captain America and even Howard the Duck.

Stockholders (the real True Believers of record on August 28, 2009 will receive $30 per share in cash plus approximately 0.745 Disney shares for each Marvel share they own. Just as matter of background, I am a stockholder of Marvel.

For Disney it was a fantastic deal, they were able to purchase a stable of over 5,000 developed characters, both hero and villian, that have a proven track record at the box office. Over the last ten years movies based on Marvel Comic’s hero have grossed over a reported $15 billion worldwide. They will spend $4 billion to capture the universe.

All things considered the deal is great considering the risk investors had taken over the years.

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Jessica Alba with husband Cash Warren

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Actress Jessica Alba, who may be known best for starring in the “Fantastic Four” movies, has taken time out of her busy schedule recently, to get in a bit of sunbathing with her husband Cash Warren. And according to dailymail.co.uk, she certainly looks like she has her fabulous figure back, after giving birth to their first daughter last year. And it appeared that 13-month old Honor Marie wasn’t with them. Jessica, who has been shooting roles for a few movies this year and film producer Cash, who has been filming in China, must have been taking a bit of time out from being new parents, for a bit or relaxation time.

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