Disney recently teased Disney Infinity 2.0, which will add Marvel’s super heroes to the mix, but which super heroes will make the cut? We’re going to discuss who owns what in the Marvel Universe, and how, if at all, that will affect Disney Infinity 2.0.
I think the biggest question I’ve had about Infinity 2.0 has been, “Will there be a Spider Man character?”. A friend recently pointed out that he may not be in the game because Sony owns Spider Man via Colombia Pictures. I wanted to learn more and see the possibilites so I began researching rights and legalities to the entire Marvel Universe – let’s break it down and see how that will affect Disney Infinity 2.0.
The first and foremost thing I learned is that the Marvel Universe is ultimately split into three factions of rights. First, there is obviously the Comic’s rights, which Marvel still and always will own. Then you have the TV and Animated series rights, which was, in full (with a few loopholes) purchased by Disney. Lastly, there are the Movie rights. The movie rights have been split amongst big time film companies, such as Sony’s Colombia Pictures or 20th Century Fox. Colombia Pictures owns movie rights to Spider Man and Ghost Rider for example, while 20th Century Fox owns Fantastic Four, X-Men and Daredevil, just to name a few. Below is a neat infographic to sum things up.
So the big question still remains, “Will this affect what is included in Disney Infinity 2.0?”. Basically, the answer is no, not really. The two assets that directly affect the addition of Marvel characters into a Disney Toy-to-Life franchise are Marvel Characters, Inc. and Marvel Toy Division. These companies are both completely owned by Disney. This basically means Disney has the exclusive rights to each and every individual character, and the rights to develop, produce and sell toys of each character. As long as Disney doesn’t reference certain movies with these characters, they won’t be crossing any boundaries, to the best of my knowledge.
Which characters will make the cut is still a mystery, but the official press release takes place April 30th, 2014. I’ve got fingers crossed for Spider Man! We will keep you updated as we hear more, so keep it locked at Dope Since the 90’s!
Special Thanks for igniting the question, Dillon (Xbox Live: OptiNuzPrime)
– Caleb Stiles