When Marvel Meets the Mouse1 Sep, 2009 By: John Latchem
So, what can we expect from Disney’s buyout of Marvel Entertainment? Probably nothing too earth-shattering. The deal should help Disney target the young male demographic, but Marvel’s prior agreements with other studios aren’t going to net Disney many film rights to the characters for a few years.
Still, the merger is fertile soil for imaginative ideas:
• Pixar presents The Incredibles vs. The Fantastic Four — After all, The Incredibles are basically a thinly veiled copy of Marvel’s super foursome.
• Darkwing Duck joins the Avengers
• Scrooge McDuck attempts a hostile takeover of Stark Industries, gives the Iron Man suit to Launchpad McQuack. Hilarity ensues.
• Galactus devours It's a Small World — hundreds of randy teens take their make-out sessions to Pirates of the Caribbean instead.
• Doctor Doom takes over Sleeping Beauty’s castle, adds missiles.
• Namor the Sub-Mariner proposes marriage to The Little Mermaid, learns she has a thing for Aquaman.
• Captain America hosts a new DVD of Disney's World War II propaganda films — just because it’s the patriotic duty of all steroid-enabled American superheroes (I’m sorry. Cap isn’t on steroids. It’s “super soldier serum.” My bad.).
• Remy LeBeau (Gambit from the X-Men) opens a Poker House in New Orleans Square
• Spider-Man starts dancing down Main Street during the parade
• ESPN Friday Night Boxing: Donald Duck vs. Howard the Duck — Why not aim high?