Monday, August 31, 2009

Marvel pwn3d by Disney.

Well, Pixar did make the definitive Fantastic Four movie in The Incredibles, and Spidey and X-Men will remain at other studios due to contractual obligations, but the idea of the House of Mouse becoming the new owner of the Mighty Marvel Marching Society kind of gives me some pause.

This is the same studio which has been failing Miyazaki-sensei with their half-hearted support of Ponyo. This is a studio with a track record of neutering just about everything they touch. The angst-filled, violent world of the Marvel Superheroes is best done with an adult sensibility...this is why Sam Raimi is so effective with his Spidey movies. Would Disney sugarcoat their Marvel-based movies too much? Will Marvel superheroes start dying Disney Deaths?

There actually is some reason for hope that Disney will let Marvel be Marvel. Ain't It Cool News quotes Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada: "If you're familiar with the Disney/Pixar relationship, then you'll understand why this is a new dawn for Marvel and the comics industry." Will Quesada get the same kind of autonomy Lasseter gets at Disney/Pixar? This remains to be seen.

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