Why Marvel, why did you sell out to Disney?

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It is a dark day in comic book history my friends. In an unprecedented move Marvel has officially been bought out by Disney in a 4 billion dollar deal that has turned the franchise over to the Walt Disney Corporation. The news has hit the presses in a mixture of reactions. What does this mean for the future of Marvel? Will Disney uphold the great legacy that brought us some of the greatest super-heroes and villains?

Disney’s recent acquisition sets fear in the comic book lovers heart and makes us quiver at the thought of anything furry and cuddly invading the world of guns, bombs, superhero beat-downs, and all that is great in Marvel.

The words together present an oxymoron in itself. Much like summer school, and non-alcoholic beer, Marvel and Disney have joined the echelons of ultimate oxymorons. The two companies are so different in ideals and content that one would think they could never co-exist, let alone work together. Four-billion dollars later, the once unthinkable became possible, and the shocking news struck fear into the heart of comic book fans everywhere.

How can Iron Man be Iron Man, when he’s wielding anti-air love missiles, rather than explosive armor piercing tips? How can Hulk smash when his fists are made of gummy bears? Although blown out of context, the message is clear.

Disney isn’t known for its hard-hitting, deeply rooted story lines and intense characters. Instead it is most notably associated to lovable cuddly characters and the happiest place on earth. Who wants happiness in their comics and comic book movies? We want uninhibited violence, sex, drug use, villains that can rival the greatest of dictators, and most of all ass-kicking plots. Disney can’t bring that, they are too inhibited by their corporate binds that will keep this sense of carnage brought by Marvel down with it.

Although recent comic books to movie renderings have been disappointing in totality, they still have a sense of what Marvel is all about. Disney knows nothing of the comic book world other then it is ranking in some serious profits in its recent endeavors.

Mickey Mouse cannot replace Batman, Jafar isn’t a Joker, and Goofy cannot be a Riddler. Disney has no sense of the comic book world. Just because Disney has the capability to purchase the franchise, doesn’t mean they have any sense of what the comic book world is all about. The move will undoubtedly bring a tidal wave of scrutiny and discontent among fans.

Marvel must realize they just essentially sold the soul of their company for economic gain. Disney has always been a powerhouse and proved themselves worthy in the loving, laughable movies. They have not proven an inkling of evidence that they can pull off a powerful, intense comic, or comic book movie.

From this merging of two into one, the comics that we loved, and the movies that were made from them will end as we know it. Not end in a sense of production and availability, but it will lack what made them great. Disney with its corporate conglomeration will take out the trash, and put a more pleasing, viewer friendly Marvel.

The tears should be rolling down your cheeks at this point, the thought of Disney coming in and throwing the proverbial flower into the Marvel pool is sickening. Marvel you broke our hearts, and Disney we continue to hate you for your desecration of the most hallowed of grounds.

If you disappoint the world the upheaval will be one of epic proportion. When making the next Marvel movie, or comic book you better keep in mind that the audience isn’t Twilight fanatics, but violence loving, sex craving, beer drinking, die hard comic fans that will be watching what you put out. So loosen that corporate belt, and take it like a man when you get the spanking of a lifetime for your defilement of Marvel. On the other hand, you could loosen that pseudo “corporate belt” and pump out something great that will make the buyout less of a warning flag, and more of a new age of better comics, and paper to film renderings that we can look forward to.


  1. Darren

    September 1, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Why is it that no one can remember that Disney owns nearly 100 companies. Why everyone keeps thinking that the Marvel universe will forever be destroyed is ridulous. 1st of all Disney is smart…if they jumped into this business venture not knowing that the target group for comic readers is no longer kids but mainly a mature audience…they wouldnt be the powerhouse they are. They arent going to spend $4 billion to take a succesful existing product and gear it towards an audience that isnt there. Current Marvel CEO remains CEO and will continue to oversee all Marvel projects.

    heres a list of some “Disney” movies

    Every Quenting Tarantino Film (except Inglorious Basterds)
    Every Kevin Smith Film (except Zach & Miri)
    The Crow
    Gangs of New York
    No Country for Old Men
    There Will Be Blood
    Pretty Woman
    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
    Royal Tenenbaums

  2. theory

    September 1, 2009 at 2:46 am

    its not that were forgetting what Disney owns its what Disney does. Their kind of like soul sucking leeches of the media world. Plus a lot of people dont want to hear about a company they dont like purchase a company they grew up loving.

  3. Azureblade89

    September 1, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I agree with Theory. Even though Disney has made some decent movies, and doesn’t exactly destroy companies..marvel will never be the same. This is on the same level of distress to the comic book reader as 9/11 is to every American out there.

  4. JTR

    September 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Well said ARC, It was a sad day in the comic world and for those who grew up aspiring to be as great as those whom they read about. Lets just hope Disney does the right thing by preserving the MARVEL brand and the integrity of each and every character for which they have worked so hard to define.

  5. Person

    September 1, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    to the person below me, this is true in fact disney owns a lot of the porn industry just under a different name, however what the main concerns are is that disney might see it as a better financial move to attempt to bring children into comics thus removing much of the violence and adding good values and other disney things, its true that this might not happen, but they might see it as a better move to make it appealing to children to get a new younger audience, Much like Nintendo did to the wii

  6. Jonathan

    September 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    This sucks, just when all incredible plot lines were being produced this happens! I mean Spider-Man was getting sooo good and then this happens. X-Men was getting good and then this happens. I just hope this idiotic move doesn’t ruin these plot lines and story lines. Crossing my fingers for Marvel to stay as the marvel it is and definitely boycotting Disney and I think everyone that loves comics should do the same thing. Definitely a dark day in comic book history. No doubt about it.

  7. John Zakhar

    September 1, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    “Person says, this is true in fact disney owns a lot of the porn industry just under a different name”

    I have never heard of this, I am going to be very very surprised if this turns out to be real and not an urban legend type deal!!

  8. if there was a world

    September 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    look for what it is we all know this is the death, the end its all over marvel is lost for good and to be honest that did bring tears to my eyes. and to Darren everyone of those movies sucked none was any good. superheroes was all i had and know thats over for me fuck marvel and the mouse im done with them im moving on to DC for good now

  9. Crazykid9324929

    September 9, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    well lets just hope and pray that the Ceo stay the Ceo and all of the marvel writers and hope the plots are sil lgood and that disney doesent make hulk be pink instead of green and hope to god that stan lee doesent have a heart attack over this.

  10. marvelman

    September 10, 2009 at 10:48 am


    The best-selling comic book company in the world. Great storylines, great characters, all-around awesome company.


    Made a movie about a friggin’ goldfish that became human.

    You tell me if Disney will ruin it.
    (My vote: Disney will TRASH all of the heroes. Likely turn them into children and make a pre-school tv show about them.)

  11. Cardinali

    September 27, 2009 at 12:16 am

    First of all, and I know this is showing what I gigantic dork I am by saying this, Batman and the above mentioned villans are all DC comic charachters, they will continue to be awsome and, as much as I hate to say it, probrobly now beat the living crap out of the Marvel charachters that we all know and love. I don’t wear my pocket protector with shame. I grew up not being able to play outside, I was a sickly kid, but I went around to ever bookstore, magazine rack and garage sale to build a collection of some of the greatest mythical heros of our time, I dispised disney and to this day have been proven again and again correct in my decision to do so. The same guy who gave us wonder woman (another DC charachter) and the lie detector also is responsible for the tyranical censorship of the American Comicbook Authority, it took more than 50 years for comic books to get violent enough to be believable, fans don’t want that progress to be flushed down the drain. The marketing geniouses that gave us televison shows with pre-teens that can’t sing should not be in charge of wheather or not the punisher can take a chainsaw to a drug lord, or render wolverin’s claws usful only at the hibatchi. I hope to god that when Marvel sold out, they at least retained creative control and freedom, lets hope that Disney doesn’t get deeper than advertising in the gore filled, time honored classics that have come to represent our modern mythology.


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  14. DC Fan Now!

    December 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    if DC buyed Marvel okay

    but Disney…. WTF

    i dont know spiderman any longer

  15. Lumina Disraeli

    March 22, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    This Bunk! Dusney Is Getting Desperate Tis All…

  16. Larry

    April 23, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Disney made pirates……… the third one sucked penis

  17. Spilesmen

    February 19, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    @Darren nice try man, but some of us are actual historians. The Crow is an indie comic done by James O’Barr a man who was in grief after his girlfriend was killed by a drunk driver.

    Other folk, this is a sample of how stupid his argument is. We can CLEARLY ignore his idiocy and perceive to move forward.

  18. Anonymous

    February 5, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I am in tears because of this why Marvel why u were awesome i thought u wernt going to give in noo. NO MORE kick-butt scenes no weilding hammers and bashing ppl in the face, no more awesome heros now they are going to be singing songs in the middle of a battle (if they even have one!) And painting pink flowers on buildings and Wolverine is going to have claws of cotton candy he is not going to use his awesome claws.for fighting anymore they will be for helping ppl paint pink flowers on buildings so in summary WHY MARVEL WHY!

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