Marvellous Disney deal

PUBLISHED : Monday, 07 September, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 07 September, 2009, 12:00am

Last week, Disney, the world's biggest media firm, said it was buying Marvel Entertainment. Marvel is the world's biggest maker of comics. Disney paid HK$31 billion in the deal to be finished by the end of the year.

Marvel has a string of recent movie hits, like Iron Man and the X-men series. The deal will bring Marvel Walt Disney's sales and planning strength.

The news has been a boon to Marvel stockholders. Their share values jumped after the announcement. But, some critics are not so happy. Shareholder Christine Vlatos is trying to block the deal in court.


Some long-time Marvel fans worry their favourite childhood heroes will be reworked to fit the Disney mould.

Marvel's heroes often have dark pasts. Their adventures are full of danger. Their stories are often violent and bloody. Disney's world of the Jonas Brothers and Hannah Montana are not.

Disney stories are usually happy. Most of them are free of crime, pain and vice.

But, Disney also owns Touchstone Pictures and Miramax. They continue to release violent films. And, let's not forget Disney's own hit series - Pirates of the Caribbean. It was not fluffy and sunny.