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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.