It’s been around 10 years since The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Studios, but if anyone was questioning whether or not this purchase was a good idea, think again. In the past decade, Disney has earned over $18 billion from Marvel films at the global box office; the company originally purchased Marvel Studios for $4 billion.
Disney purchased Marvel Studios just one year after the theatrical release of “Iron Man,” which was considered one of the most successful non-sequel super hero films at the time. Marvel had already contracted numerous films with Paramount and Universal, but Disney made the studios a compelling offer of just under $4 billion and closed the deal.
At the time of the acquisition, Chairman and CEO Bob Iger stated, “This is perfect from a strategic perspective. This treasure trove of over 5,000 characters offers Disney the ability to do what we do best.”
By the looks of it, Iger was right. Of the 23 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Walt Disney Company has produced and distributed 16, and they aren’t stopping anytime soon. Who could blame them? The company has made around $18.2 billion at the global box office since the premiere of the first Disney-produced Marvel film in 2012, and one of those films, “Avengers: Endgame,” is now the highest grossing movie of all time.
Disney plans to continue the MCU with films and television series, some to hit theaters and others to debut exclusively on Disney+, the company’s new streaming service launching this November. With all of the success, notoriety, and money the acquisition of Marvel has brought Disney, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company planned to continue creating as much Marvel content as possible (and even remaking some of the films in the future) for decades to come.
So with Marvel being Disney’s golden ticket to box office success, what’s coming next? Well, at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, fans finally found out what we can expect from Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney will be releasing 10 films and television projects within the next two years. For films, we can expect to see “Black Widow,” “Eternals,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and “Thor: Love and Thunder.” TV projects to be released on Disney+ include “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “WandaVision,” “Loki,” “Hawkeye,” and an animated series called “What If?”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige even hinted at what’s to come beyond that two year mark, which will include a project involving the Fantastic Four, how X-Men will play a part in the MCU, sequels to “Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel,” and of course “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.”
Disney isn’t slowing down when it comes to Marvel films, and while a lot of the projects are still kept under wraps, one thing’s for certain: it’s a great time to be a Marvel fan.
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