Fanboys ‘Leery’ of Marvel-Disney Combo? Well, Duh

The most idiotic (if easiest) thread being spun out Spidey-style in coverage of the Disney-Marvel acquisition is that “fanboys” are concerned about the Marvel superheroes coming under the control of the Mickey Mouse studio.

Quoting from the Wall Street Journal:

“Unlike Marvel Entertainment Inc. investors — who pushed the comic
company’s share price sharply higher on news of Walt Disney Co.’s
planned $4 billion acquisition — fans of the superhero empire took a
more jaundiced view of the deal.”

The New York Times made a similar point, quoting a website — and an anonymous poster named “peterpersy,” yet — who wrote, “If you want poor kids in Bali to run around with a Hulk lunchbox, then sign on with Disney.”

I usually turn to peterpersy for most of my in-depth analysis.

So comic book fans are distrustful of a major studio’s handling of their beloved characters? I’m shocked!

Until a decade or so ago, the entire history of the relationship between comic books and movies/TV has mostly been one of disappointment. Those who grew up reading Marvel and DC titles (and I’m among them) had to sit through monstrosities like “Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze,” an animated “Fantastic Four” that added a cutesy robot, David Hasselhoff as “Nick Fury, Agent of Shield,” and Joel Schumacher’s camp take on Batman.

That began to change with the launch of the “X-Men” trilogy and the advent of CGI effects, but the wariness lingers — and likely will for a good long time.

In other words, saying that comic book fans have doubts that superheroes will be treated respectfully by Hollywood is pretty much a non-story — especially since it didn’t keep them from being first in line to see a second version of “The Incredible Hulk,” just as they will be for the upcoming “Thor” and DC’s “Green Lantern.”

At least comics fans can derive some solace from knowing that there’s really been one good version of Marvel’s most venerable franchise, the Fantastic Four — only it was done by Pixar and titled “The Incredibles.”

In fact, getting Pixar and some of those Marvel assets together might be the smartest thing that Disney could do.

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  1. Tim says:

    I’m not sure it’s the fear that Hollywood will muck up Marvel – quiet the opposite. With exeption of Fantastic 4 and Wolverine Origins (and maybe a few others, depending on your tastes), Hollywood has treated the Marvel properties very well for the past 10 years. I think the concern is more of the Family-Friendly overture that has been trumpted from the Mouse House since inception. Was it not Disney who refused distribution of Fahrenheit 9/11, pissing off the then Weinstein controlled but Disney owned Miramax? Disney doesn’t seem to do well with adult themes, and while tentpole properties like Spiderman and X-Men don’t have glaring adult topics, it’s kind of hard to imagine the Disney-fied version of The Punisher, or other dark-themed Marvel franchises.

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