Ever since the news broke early this morning that the Walt Disney Co. had acquired Marvel Entertainment for upwards of $4 billion in cash and stocks, a number of additional details have emerged via a shareholder conference call regarding the deal. Now, first, it's important to understand that Disney just doesn't nab every Marvel character in existence when it comes to movies, since the rights to some characters -- like Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The X-Men -- are in the hands of other studios. Also, Paramount still has five more Marvel movies to distribute under their deal (Thor, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America and one other), so don't look for Disney to begin screwing around with those (or any) upcoming Marvel projects just yet. Eventually, though, Disney wants to become the sole distributor for all of Marvel's films.
However, when you step away from those projects currently in development is when this deal gets very interesting. On the conference call earlier, they noted that Pixar's John Lasseter has already taken a meeting with the Marvel folks to begin brainstorming different collaborations, and apparently that meeting went extremely well -- which means there's a very good chance we're going to see Pixar's name on an upcoming film featuring Marvel characters.
But which Marvel characters lend themselves perfectly to the Pixar format? That's your call -- which superheroes would you like to see in a Pixar movie? Do you think now will be the time to create that Incredibles sequel and include Marvel villains? Perhaps The Incredibles could square off against ... The Incredible Hulk!? Oh, the cross-over potential is mouth watering -- whaddya think?
For more on the Marvel deal, and to listen to the conference call, head over to Marvel.com.