Foreword: The following reflects my true opinion on the matter at hand. If you have been wondering or have asked, this is my answer. Also this will have some minor differences to the usual In Defense Of format as I am defending an action and a fairly recent action.

Our Client:

Disney Corporation

Disney Corporation

Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury. I am here today to defend my client Disney in the action of their buyout of the company, Marvel Entertainment. This is a situation that is highly debated, and I ask for you to open your eyes before immediately shutting them in the light of this recent action. The defense has evidence and findings that prove not only is this not a bad thing for either company, but it is also a great thing for Marvel Entertainment.

Evidence #1: More financial backing

My client, Disney, would be able to provide Marvel access to its coffers. With access to this excess cash, Marvel will be able to develop more comics, movies, cartoons, etc. The best example is when Pixar was bought out by Disney a few years ago. Many feared that this would hurt Pixar, but instead it strengthened Pixar and allowed them to create without fear of losing funds. Even some of Pixar’s greatest films were made after Disney bought them out.  If Pixar is any indicator of what is to come, then members of the Jury, have no fear of my client’s actions.

Evidence #2: Access to a greater animation studio

Disney Animation Studio

Disney Animation Studio

My client is one of the world’s leading animation companies and has access to a grand array of animation studios, including Pixar. If Marvel needs one thing it would be more market share in the animation field. Since the 90’s, Marvel hasn’t had a solid footing in the animated world. Sure there was X-men Evolution, Fantastic Four: The World’s Greatest, and the animated movies, but none of the series outside of Evolution made it past a couple seasons or was in poor quality. Currently, Marvel has three animated series: Ironman: Armored Adventures, Wolverine and the X-men, and Spectacular Spider-man. While DC only has Batman Brave and the Bold at the moment, they have had nearly twice the amount of animated series compared to Marvel. Superman, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, The Batman, Krypto the Superdog, and Batman Beyond were all DC productions from the last ten years. This isn’t even counting any of the DC Animated Universe films.

The Bottom Line is that Marvel needs to catch up to DC in the animation department, and my client will grant them such an opportunity.

Evidence #3: Access to an extensive character base.

And many, many more

And many, many more

My client would grant Marvel access to a field of thousands of intellectual properties that could be developed into comic books. This is not to say my client would force these characters into Marvel’s existing universe, but allow them to make comics on certain franchises if they so pleased. There are some characters that would be perfect for the comic book world, such as the Incredibles and Darkwing Duck’s whole universe. The Incredibles already has a comic by BOOM! and Gargoyle’s was even a comic at one point. Marvel would be able to produce these comics without the steep licensing fee often associated with the characters. While many of the hardcore fans of Marvel wouldn’t be for this, there is a solid fanbase of casual comic book readers that are Disney fans. This would translate to potential for an increase in comic book circulation and readership. Any hobby based industry needs a steady stream of “new blood” in order to survive. A Disney line of comics would show comics to those who wouldn’t regularly read a comic and after reading a well-done Disney comic, would want to look into more comic series and companies. My client’s action has the potential to stimulate a surge in comic books again, and a healthy surge of people buying for the sake of reading the comics, not to invest in the comics.

The prosecution is saying that my client would make all of the comics more “kid friendly” to keep a certain brand image. The defense has prepared a list of examples of mature Disney companies and that don’t fit the “Disney Brand Image”

Evidence #1:

Miramax Films

My client owns Miramax films, the company behind a majority of Kevin Smith films, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, 40 Days and 40 Nights, The Piano, and many more. Why would anyone think that Disney would “kiddify” Marvel when Disney is behind some of the most foul and adult films of the past decade?

Evidence #2:

Touchstone Pictures

Touchstone Pictures

My client is also the owner of Touchstone Pictures, a film company that is behind such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Pretty Woman, Rushmore, and Good Morning Vietnam. While these films are nowhere near as graphic as Miramax’s films they are made with adults in mind. For some reason the prosecution forgets my Client is behind these studios and automatically assumes that the instant my client is in control of Marvel, they will go into the company and start censoring characters to fit the brand image.

In conclusion, the purchase of Marvel Entertainment by my client, Disney, is a great thing not only for Marvel, but also the fans. Now the fans will receive more animated features they have craved. The fans of Disney will likely get a comic book series to read. Nothing will change at Marvel Entertainment. No characters will go out the window, and nothing drastic will be done. The worst to happen will be the cancellation of the Max line and the firing of Joe Quesada.

The defense rests.

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