Marvel And Disney Set Date To Finalize Merger
Now that it appears inevidable that Marvel shareholders will move to approve the Disney aquisition the last day of 2009, does this mean that Disney will ring in the new year with plans to force Universal to drop it's Marvel character based IOA attractions and retheme all of Marvel Super Hero Island? Seems to me this could be a very reall possibility once the Universal's contracts with Marvel run out.
According to commicbookmovie.com, "Marvel’s characters are also currently tied to Universal Studios’ theme parks, which means it would probably be a long time before we see Spider-Man at Disneyland — or anything as cool as the recently released concept art for a Marvel theme park in Dubai." Still, I doubt that Disney is blindly purchasing Marvel if movie and theme park ties with other companies would inhibit/prohibit it from making movies and rides based on major charaters for many years to come.
Perhaps some of the major licensing contracts will run out not to far down the road. Sooner or later, new interest generated by the coming Wizarding World of Harry Potter would likely be adversely affected. Spider-Man, The Incredible HulK, Captain America, and Wolverine may well become Doctor Doomed at Universal, as they develop a more super relationship with the Mouse as a wholly-owned subsidiary.