Disney On Buying Back Marvel Characters And Avengers 2
It’s safe to say Disney and the nerd community at large are still on an Avengers high after the record breaking debut and all. With all the success, the sequel and what Disney will do with Marvel characters are all questions that people are clamoring for answers to. Disney CEO Bob Iger touched on these points and clued is in on what we can expect in the future from Marvel. Kevin Feige has been on the front line of teasing what’s coming up, but some of Iger’s comments can help frame some of our speculation.
Talking about the other Marvel characters that are owned by various studios Iger said
Marvel’s got a slew of great characters to mine, and we’ll continue to do that. They’ve got development in the works for a number of unnamed characters that are going to give Marvel the ability to make numerous films over the years ahead, so I don’t think you’ll see necessarily a need to buy back characters or all that much opportunity.
So that means no Spider-Man, X-Men, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, or Daredevil popping up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon. Those characters are all in the Sony or 20th Century Fox families
There were also some reports about The Avengers 2 already being green lit and in development, but those reports used an Iger comment out of context. It’s probably safe to assume that a sequel is in the works from the end credits set-up and the success of the film, but it probably isn’t as fast-tracked as some reports state. Here is Iger’s full comment about the success of the film and the franchise at large
The Avengers isn’t just a film, it’s a franchise from our perspective. Obviously, it was helped a lot by the success of the Iron Man movies and of Thor and Captain America. From The Avengers we get a chance to make Thor 2 and Captain America 2 and Iron Man 3 and hopefully another Avengers movie. So this one film that is immensely successful… is going to get a number of other films and franchises…
We have an ability to leverage what was a very fun film done by a great group of filmmakers into something much bigger for the company and the effect will be prolonged and that’s very, very exciting for us.