The Los Angeles Times today provided extensive coverage of the Disney-Marvel story:
The Big Deal: Marvel is Disney's new family brand
Be patient: Analysts weigh in on Disney-MarvelAny doubts about Bob Iger's willingness to belly up to the table and roll the dice were blown away by today's surprise announcement that Disney spent $4 billion to acquire the comic-book giant Marvel Entertainment. The deal gives Disney access to Marvel's voluminous library of super heroes, which include Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, Captain America, Thor and the Fantastic Four and about 4,995 other comic-book characters.
Don't look for surge of deals in wake of Disney-MarvelMedia analysts are starting to weigh in with their takes on the Disney-Marvel deal. The general consensus is that it makes sense for Disney, but shareholders may have to wait awhile for a payoff. Of course, preaching patience to shareholders is like trying to get your kids to sleep on Christmas Eve.
A web of Marvel deals [slide show]The ink isn't even on dry on Walt Disney Co.'s just-announced $4-billion stock and cash deal to acquire Marvel Entertainment, and speculation is already starting as to whether a new round of consolidation is about to start.
The usual suspects are being tossed about. The Wall Street Journal mentions MGM and Dreamworks Animation as takeover candidates, and don't be surprised if Lions Gate also is discussed.