OK, I am making a joke to cover my concern about the news that Disney is purchasing Marvel for $4 billion. Sure, it means that we will probably see an X-Men theme park in the future. And yes, Disney has an impressive history of not injecting their own products into their subsidiaries (i.e. we haven’t seen Miley Cyrus giving commentary on SportsCenter — as far as I know).
Still, it just seems like Marvel has lost some of its innocence in a weird, twisted kind of way. Yes, Disney is supposed to be the juvenile innocent one, but Marvel’s purity was its humble beginning and its fanboy attraction.
My one and only fear is that Marvel will become more of a commodity than it already has. Disney is all about pushing merchandise. The cash register goes cha-ching for Disney like every millisecond (note: I have no actual proof of this, but you get the point). My hope is that Marvel does not become too commercialized. I shutter at the thought of Disney characters dominating Comic-Con, but technically it could happen.
I’m just going to keep hoping that all will turn out for the best. After all, our favorite superheroes have faced greater odds, more sinister plots, and villains with bigger speech impediments than Donald Duck. We will live to fight another day.