Every year on September 25, comic book pannapictagraphists (collectors of comic books), fans and readers participate in National Comic Book Day. Today, Disney Adulting is celebrating Comic Book Day and one of comic history’s greatest publishers and a personal favorite of ours – Marvel, Inc.
It’s been eight years since the Walt Disney Company bought Marvel for $4 billion and since that time we’ve watched as Disney set out to grow Marvel in surprising ways through new films, merchandise, park attractions and more. It’s safe to say that there will only be continued growth as Disney gained access, through the purchase of Marvel, to the intellectual property of over 8,000 characters in the Marvel Universe. That’s a lot of fodder for future content.
As a tribute to Marvel and our favorite comic book stories, we are listing off our top 5 favorite things that have come from the Disney-Marvel acquisition to date.
1. The Legacy of Stan Lee
Known as the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, the X-Men and more, Stan Lee has been instrumental in the comic book industry and was responsible for trailblazing Marvel Comics from a small division within a publishing house into a large multimedia corporation. Even post-acquisition, Lee continues to provide cameo appearances in Marvel films and television projects. Born in 1922, the 94-year old Lee deserves a place of honor in comic book history, and no one is better at continuing the dream of a creative genius better than The Walt Disney Company. We wish Stan Lee many more years of health and look forward to having his characters and stories around for generations to come.
2. Disney Kingdom News via Marvel
If you love comics and haven’t seen Disney Kingdom News, then you must check it out on the Marvel website. A perfect marriage between Disney attractions and comic book storytelling, it will entertain Disney + Marvel fans for hours as they browse through comic after comic.
3. Marvel Characters at Disney Theme Parks
There hadn’t been a lot of Marvel integration into Disney theme parks until the last few years, but what has come into the parks and announcements made at D23 making Disney + Marvel an integration into the theme parks in 2017 has caused Marvel fans to celebrate. Here’s a short list of just some of the current and upcoming Marvel attractions:
- Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, Disney’s California Adventure (Open)
- Iron Man Experience, Hong Kong Disneyland (Open)
- Mission: Dimensions of Danger, Hong Kong Disneyland (Open)
- Disney’s New York Hotel – The Art of Marvel, Disneyland Paris (Announced)
- Marvel-Themed Land, Disney’s California Adventure (Announced)
4. Disney + Marvel Movies
There are 14 Disney-backed movies to date in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and Disney has already announced some exciting new movies for 2017 and beyond.
- Thor: Ragnarok (October 27, 2017 in the UK – November 3, 2017 in the US)
- Black Panther (February 9, 2018 in the UK – February 16, 2018 in the US)
- Avengers: Infinity War (April 27, 2018 in the UK – May 4, 2018 in the US)
- Ant-Man and The Wasp (June 29, 2018 in the UK and July 6, 2018 in the US)
- Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)
- Avengers 4 (April 26, 2019 in the UK – May 3, 2019 in the US)
5. Marvel Merchandise
Whether you collect just the comic books or have expanded your collection into figures, clothing, household items, replica items from the films and more, it’s safe to say that Disney has really capitalized on the Marvel Universe merchandise game. And why not? The merchandise we’ve all come to love through the Disney Store has added the same high-quality and unique array of collectibles to their online and in-park stores.
Do you love, hate or feel indifferent about Disney’s Marvel?
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