I had a great discussion with a fellow Twitter Paul William Tenny (@pwtenny) this morning about Disney purchasing Marvel Entertainment. He has a blog called The Media Pundit and he posted an interesting article called What will Disney do when Marvel runs out of gas? which are his thoughts about the merger. Paul is not convinced that the Disney Marvel union will be good over the long haul and thinks it will ultimately be a mistake.
The following tweets are my reasons why I think Disney and Marvel go together like peanut butter and jelly!
@pwtenny Starting with Iron Man, Marvel became it’s own production company. They totally financed Iron Man.
@pwtenny All Marvel movies going forward were to be made with Marvel money. Other companies were to distribute the movies.
@pwtenny Pixar had the same relationship with Disney. They paid to make their movies and Disney distributed them.
@pwtenny Yes, Paramount has lots of money, but they are only the distributer of Thor and Iron Man 2.
@pwtenny Paramount does not pay any money to make Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, or the Avengers movies.
@pwtenny Thor will probably be close to a $200 million movie. Marvel needs Disney to get that movie rolling.
@pwtenny Eventually all Marvel projects will be reigned into the Disney fold after distributing rights expire.
@pwtenny It’ll be fine. Comic books will eventually go away. Marvel’s future is it’s movies and other media. Disney provides that future.
Paul did respond with an interesting angle:
@thoughtbeast I’m also not sure about the cost/money angle. Marvel has $500m revolving credit line with Merrill Lynch. Should be enough.
Could Marvel have continued financing it’s own movies? I think it’s a good discussion. Thoughts?