Marvel And Disney Set Date To Finalize Merger

Marvel Super-Hero SquadThe impending sale of Marvel Entertainment to Disney has been one of the biggest stories of the year. While speculation has run rampant since the $4 billion dollar deal was announced back in August, an end date has finally been set.

On December 31, Marvel will bring the deal before their stockholders for a final vote. Should the deal be approved — and most analysts believe that it will — then Marvel will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney going into 2010.

At the end of September, Marvel brought the deal before their major stockholders in a bid to earn their support. At the time, the final sale was said to come up for a vote within 60 days of the “record date” under Marvel’s by-laws.

In an earlier poll by MTV News, many readers expressed anxiety over potential creative changes at Marvel following the impending purchase. However, various Marvel representatives and Disney officials have sought to calm such fears.

It is still unknown how or if Disney will be able to fully utilize some of Marvel’s characters given movie deals currently in place at other studios. 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.

Now that some time has passed since the deal was announced, have your opinions on the merger changed? Do you think the $4 billion deal was the right price for Marvel? Hang tight true believers and let us know what you’re thinking in our comment section below or on Twitter!