This Thursday, my family and I are heading down to Atlanta, Georgia for Dragon*Con, making this my 5th year, and 6th con!
And now, the news that's shaking the comics world: Disney has bought Marvel for $4 billion on August 31st!
Upon the news, "hardcore" superhero comic-book fans are afraid that Disney will stifle Marvel's creativity, to make them more kid-friendly, have Spider-Man team up with Mickey Mouse or Hanna Montana, etc., and get rid of all the hardcore grimdark violence and such.
What is my view on it?
I honestly can't say that it really bothers me. In fact, I think something like this is probably needed! Of course, it will be business as usual, and Disney will not tamper with Marvel's creativity. Besides, Disney owns Miramax, which was famous for making R-rated movies! If they contemplate making Marvel a bit more family-friendly (and it can be done without making it too goody-goody), hey, I'm all for it! I'm fed up with everything, and I mean EVERYTHING, being absolute grimdark as it is. But the good thing is, Marvel will no longer need the Direct Market! Disney has its own publishing, and Marvel will be stronger from it. Meanwhile, DC is left to languish in the Direct Market.
And who knows? Maybe Joe Quesada will leave Marvel in time!
In closing, this thoughtful video puts the whole thing in perspective: