You know what $4 billion dollars can get you nowadays? Aside from three lifetime’s worth of Angry Whoppers from Burger King and a Brazilian Wax for each and every person living in Brazil, $4 billion buys the House of Mouse the House of Marvel, which includes Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Hulk, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Thor and Captain America.
The deal doesn’t give Disney complete world domination of young boys just yet, as Marvel’s deals with Paramount, Sony and Fox will stay in place, but once those are done, and for anything moving forward, Disney will be in the driver’s seat. In fact, one interesting tidbit from the shareholder’s conference call was a meeting between Pixar headman John Lasseter and the powers-that-be at Marvel, apparently to discuss different ideas the two studios have for collaboration. I don’t know about you, but the prospect alone of Pixar animating the Marvel universe makes me a little giddy. On the other hand, the idea of seeing the Jonas Brothers in a Marvel movie makes me want to sledgehammer my own loins.