Disney Buying Marvel Entertainment

By Alice O'Connor, Aug 31, 2009 9:41am PDT Disney has announced that it intends to buy comic book giant Marvel Entertainment in a stock and cash deal worth around $4 billion, subject to Marvel shareholder approval.

The deal includes Marvel's over 5000 characters, who have starred in games ranging from the sublime 1992 X-Men arcade side-scroller and gory X-Men Origins: Wolverine, to the critically-panned movie tie-ins Iron Man and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

"We are not doing crappy movie-based games anymore," Marvel digital media VP Ira Rubenstein recently declared. Tie-in games for the Iron Man 2 and Thor movies are in the pipeline, along with unknown fruits of Marvel's ten-year MMO deal with Gazillion.

Marvel's chief spandex rival DC Comics has been owned by Warner Bros. since 1969.

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