#1 Posted by joshmightbe (25858 posts) - - Show Bio

At this point the enmity between Disney and Warner Bros. is well known so what are the odds that Disney bought the only real competition for the WB owned DC comics for at least slightly spiteful reasons? I know profit was a huge reason for the purchase but my question is would Disney have been interested enough to spend what they did on Marvel if Warner Bros. didn't own DC?

#2 Posted by w0nd (4534 posts) - - Show Bio

i don't think it was out of spite it was just a good move on their part

#3 Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale (10191 posts) - - Show Bio

I can see them picking it up to appeal to the pre-teen, teen male demographic. They are seen as a kiddy company and their older sitcoms appeal to teen girls more, like So Random or Shake it up and what not.

#4 Posted by XImpossibruX (5526 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it was a factor, but ultimately Disney would of bought Marvel even if Warner Bros didn't buy DC. Disney has shown time and time again, if a company has potential for mass amounts of money, they will buy it.

They bought Pixar, Marvel, and Starwars.

#5 Posted by MysteriousUsername (1235 posts) - - Show Bio

Nah, they did it to capitalize on Marvel's big names.

#6 Posted by LaserLambert (641 posts) - - Show Bio

I doubt it, they didn't buy Star Wars to spite Star Trek.

they realized that Avengers was going to make a billion, and they were in a position to purchase them.

#7 Edited by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3296 posts) - - Show Bio

@w0nd said:

i don't think it was out of spite it was just a good move on their part

#8 Posted by joshmightbe (25858 posts) - - Show Bio

I know profit was the primary motivation but I just wonder if the spite thing may have played a small role. I know Disney isn't run by people who are dumb enough to spend a few billion on a petty squabble but I have to think there was at least a hint of spite at the very least afterwards.

#9 Posted by dccomicsrule2011 (29497 posts) - - Show Bio

I think it was mainly a buisness move, but do I think Disney the move had a tad bit of spite in it.

#10 Edited by Cybrilious4 (1990 posts) - - Show Bio

Disney sucks anyway, Idk what happened.

#11 Posted by Dabee (2421 posts) - - Show Bio

That's an expensive purchase just for spite.

#12 Posted by JediXMan (32066 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Disney is just enlarging their pantheon of copyrights in the entertainment industry.

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#13 Posted by ssejllenrad (13028 posts) - - Show Bio

Spite? No. Greed? Perhaps.

#14 Edited by RedLantern23 (898 posts) - - Show Bio

No. And thats coming from someone who dislikes Disney (as a corporation) a LOT.

Its just a smart business move plain and simple. Marvel owns some of the most iconic characters in the world, and if Disney knows anything its maximizing the profits of IP. I'm sure they watched WB's purchase of DC closely to see the outcome. But no spite involved imho.

#15 Posted by turoksonofstone (13680 posts) - - Show Bio

just for Spite? No.

To take up a position of permanent dominance. Yes.

Then apply thick Layer of Star Wars to finish and Voila!

#16 Edited by RDClip (1225 posts) - - Show Bio

Considering Warner has owned DC since the late 1960's and Disney didn't buy Marvel until 2009, unless it was a grand scheme four decades in the making to annoy Warner Bros, I doubt it.

Disney saw how much money the Fox and Columbia Marvel movies made and wanted a piece of the pie, simple as that.

#17 Posted by joshmightbe (25858 posts) - - Show Bio

@turoksonofstone: Not saying it was purely spite, I just wonder if maybe spite played a role

#18 Edited by lykopis (10869 posts) - - Show Bio

Business can be spiteful by nature of competition. So in that context -- Disney did purchase Marvel spitefully because of Warner Brothers owning DC because comic characters has been profitable.

House of Mouse wants to make money.

#19 Edited by EnigmaLantern (773 posts) - - Show Bio

When you're one of the top dogs in Disney, I don't think you'd give to much care as to who you buy and what it might look like, aslong as it is a solid business move which will payout well in the future then that's all that counts.

Do you honestly think any of the board members of Disney even care about comics in general? At the end of the day, they are businessmen and it was a business move, which has proven to be a good one for Disney, that's all.

Whether it has any repercussions on WB or not it doesn't matter, Disney is a money machine, just like WB.

#20 Posted by SpideyIvyDaredevilFan26 (6711 posts) - - Show Bio

No, they don't need to. All they need to do is show WB their animated film track record in the 90s (Cats Don't Dance, Quest for Camelot, The King and I, e.t.c)...And the 2000s for that matter, Ant Bully was horrendous.

#21 Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf (7125 posts) - - Show Bio

Disney is too boss for that shit. It's all business to them.

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#22 Posted by Yokergeist (12483 posts) - - Show Bio

Disney bought Marvel? Oh god... Wolverine: C'mon Mickey Mouse, lets go defeat the evil magneto! Mickey: First lets sing a song!

#23 Posted by joshmightbe (25858 posts) - - Show Bio

@supernategames: Are you just finding this out? It happened a couple years ago

#24 Posted by Yokergeist (12483 posts) - - Show Bio


Yep, I just found this out. I'm more into DC so I don't pay much attention to marvel.

#25 Edited by PowerHerc (86068 posts) - - Show Bio

I think Disney bought Marvel based on sound business principles not to spite Time-Warner.