“Star Wars”, “Avengers”, “Cinderella”, “Incredibles”, “Jasmine”, “The Simpsons”, “X-Men”, “Die Hard”...these are just a few of the brands that Disney owns. At this point, Disney is a mighty dragon guarding one of the greatest treasure troves in human existence. We cannot allow their affront to the decency of intellectual property to continue, or else we risk losing everything.
I speak from experience. As a child, I grew up with a true love for the comic book medium. I was lucky enough to have a grandfather who kept his original collection, and I was able to read the first hundred issues of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in mint condition. Unfortunately, during that time, Marvel’s movie division dipped into the red. Their bankruptcy dropped them into the sinister paw of the Mouse. On December 31, 2009 Disney bought Marvel Entertainment for $4.24 billion. Presently, Marvel Studios has grossed over $22.5 billion globally.
Do you understand the feeling of watching the stories that you loved when you were growing up being turned into modern, relatable films with staggering amounts of praise and acclaim? It’s terrible! I was broken-hearted. My precious comics were turned into something dirty...something people enjoy watching. Now, 23 films later and an unfathomable number planned for the future, I ask, “When will it ever end?” The answer is likely never.
Disney recently finished the last touches on their deal to acquire 20th Century Fox. They are also enjoying a stellar launch of their new streaming platform Disney Plus. Disney’s reach will keep extending until it swallows us all. At this point, the Xenomorph from “Alien” could possibly be in the same movie as Belle from “Beauty and the Beast.” Laugh me off at your own expense. In the year 2025, when you’re marching to the theatres to fork over a handful of cash to see “Home Alone 27”, know that I told you so.