The Six Disney/Marvel Projects We Most Fear...
My, but there's panic in the streets of Fanville. Disney lovers fear that Cinderella will run off with Iron Man. And Marvel lovers worry that Winnie-the-Pooh's new glum sidekick will be "Ee-Thor," and that Doctor "Doc" Who will be made the lead Dwarf.
O, what the news of the Fantastic Four-Billion Dollar Deal today -- with Disney acquiring Marvel Entertainment -- hath wrought?
Here at Comic Riffs, we approach the news with a cooler head. For one thing, this Riffster is guardedly optimistic that Disney will be a monster distributor but won't creatively corrupt the Marvel Universe (Pixar emboldens my confidence.). And second, the Disney deal could conceivably have been made with D.C. Comics, which might have resulted instead in the project: "Batman and (Christopher) Robin."
Still, forewarned is forearmed, so here they are:
THE 6 DISNEY/MARVEL PROJECTS WE MOST FEAR...
"THE FANTASIA FOUR": When scientific apprentice Reed Richards opens the lair of Victor Von Doom, he suddenly unleashes a psychedelic fever-dream of villainous household supplies gone Technicolor mad. The highlight: Stravinsky's renamed "Rite of Thing."
"ORIGINS: J. JONAS JAMESON": The name of the Daily Bugle big-cheese is J. JONAH Jameson, you say? Not when you've got the tween-hot Joe Jonas on your roster. (Bonus: Look for the new role of Peter Parker's girlfriend, "Miley Jane.")
"IT'S NOT EASY BEING GREEN...GOBLIN": Yes, Kermit the Frog -- suddenly an amphibian gone bad -- inherits the role of the Spider-Man villain. (Bonus: Look for a new character: The Muppet Master.)
"FINDING NORRIN": Suddenly, the Silver Surfer -- aka Norrin Radd -- finds himself lost off the Australian coast, with a stalking clownfish with a daddy complex on his tail. Can a pod of tubular sea turtles guide him to safety?
"H.E.R.B.I.E. THE LOVE BUG": Bored with his previous robotics, Mister Fantastic turns his talents to a wacky, race-happy Volkswagen Beetle that has a mind of its own. But what role might Master Car -- Disney's corruption of "Master Xar" -- play in all these fun-lovin' high jinks?
"BEAUTY & THE APOCALYPSE BEAST": Poor, misguided Belle looks past the kind of social prejudices that can surround a villain who embodies the Apocalypse to waltz off with the Beast of Armageddon. (Bonus: Hear the Human Torch show off his musical chops as Lumiere.)
Are there Disney/Marvel creative mash-ups you fear? Then below: Be our guest, be our guest...
| August 31, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
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