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The Tweets That Roared on the Day that Disney bought Marvel!

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I’m usually a news monger on most days, but today was a very busy one at the office. I was stunned to come home and read that Marvel was being acquire by Disney! There’s been tons of speculation from pros to fans to Stan Lee about how all this will play out. I’m hoping it’s going to do for Marvel what Warner did for DC Comics, and not affect the publishing line too much. I found Marv Wolfman’s comments quite insightful—he’s worked for Marvel, DC, and Disney Publishing in his career.

What was really entertaining about today were all the Tweets. If I were constantly checking twitter all day, I would have known earlier.

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Disney Acquires Marvel; Hulk Smash.

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Great. Mickey Mouse and the Disney corporation continue to bend us over the hood of their metaphorical Camero, this time by buying out comics giant Marvel for the staggering sum of four billion dollars. Meanwhile, my offer of ten dollars for my (mysteriously stained) 1983 copy of Heavy Metal. Now, Disney is known for acquiring things. They already own ESPN, The Muppets, and the entire ABC television station (fact!). So why does this hurt even more? Because Disney doesn’t so much leave things alone as it does corner them and cause them to shit out all of what makes them themselves.

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Disney Buys Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion

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Hannah Montana meets Iron Man? You bet. The Walt Disney Co. today announced it is purchasing Marvel Entertainment–and its 5,000 characters–for $4bn in stock and cash.

Analyst David Joyce of Miller Tabak & Co. said the acquisition will help Disney appeal to young men who have flocked to theatres to see Marvel’s superhero fare in recent years. That contrasts with Disney’s recent successes among young women with such fare as “Hannah Montana” and the Jonas Brothers.

“It helps Disney add exposure to a young male demographic it had sort of lost some balance with,” Mr. Joyce said, noting the $4-billion offer was at “full price.”

Disney said Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash, plus 0.745 Disney shares for every Marvel share they own. That values each Marvel share at $50 based on Friday’s closing stock prices.

Marvel shares jumped $10.17, or 26 per cent, to $48.82 shortly after the market opened. Disney shares fell 47 cents, or 1.8 per cent, to $26.37.

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Disney Acquires Marvel Comics for $4 Billion: Questions, Questions, Questions

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How could I NOT collect all this info here? I’ve been hit with a flurry of news on this topic in the last 10 minutes and wishing some of the cool stuff was all in ONE place. So here it is, the short of it is that Disney has acquired Marvel Comics and its portfolio of 5000 characters for $4 billion buckaroos by the end of the calendar year. The acquisition highlights from the press release: Disney’s strategic focus on quality branded content, technological innovation and international expansion to build long-term shareholder value.

It all sounds like madness on the surface because, if you’re like me, it’s initially hard to NOT connect Mickey and crew with the grim-and-gritty world of the Marvel Universe. It’s hard to picture a world where Disney doesn’t force Marvel stories to tone down on the violence and turn out more child-friendly comics. One the plus side, this brings new readers into comics, right? If ANYONE can create leverage when it comes to targeting children, it’s Disney… right?

I’m not sure why I’m still mildly weirded out though. Disney wants to provide Marvel properties a broader audience reach.

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