Longtime Walt Disney
But with the House of Mouse at its back, Marvel doesn't really need any of that fancy stuff anymore. Disney and its Buena Vista operations are powerful distribution entities in their own right, and liquidity has never been a problem for Disney. It's high time to untangle Marvel from the old support system.
In that spirit, Disney just restructured the distribution deal with Viacom
This way, Disney gets to retain the 8% distribution fee it was supposed to pay to Paramount for Avengers and Iron Man 3. The first two Tony Stark movies each earned more than $500 million in global box office receipts before you even account for TV rights, DVD sales, and other incidentals. I see no reason to believe that the third installment would do any worse, and the Avengers movie rests on the bankability of several of Marvel's most valuable characters.
For the time being, News Corp's
Adding Disney to your watchlist is the next best thing to opening up your favorite comic book. Enjoy the plot twists! The cliffhangers! The larger-than-life characters!
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