Walt Disney Co. Buys Marvel Entertainment

Just because <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002298" title="Walt Disney" href="/topic/entertainment/walt-disney-PEHST002298.topic">Walt Disney</a> Co.is buying <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP009492" title="Marvel Entertainment, LLC" href="/topic/business/media-industry/marvel-entertainment-llc-ORCRP009492.topic">Marvel Entertainment</a> doesn't mean that <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEFCC000006" title="Spider-Man (fictional character)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/spider-man-%28fictional-character%29-PEFCC000006.topic">Spider-Man</a>, <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV000056" title="Iron Man (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/iron-man-%28movie%29-ENMV000056.topic">Iron Man</a> and Captain America will be showing at the studio's human resources office to fill out their W-4s anytime soon.<br>
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Many of Marvel's best-known characters are already signed to long-term deals, some of which last into perpetuity, with a number of rival movie studios, cable networks and video game publishers, as well as a theme park company. In some cases, Disney will have to wait awhile to get its hands on them. In others, it will never have the rights unless it reaches a new agreement with the studios that currently own them.<br>
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Here's a rundown of Marvel's existing deals for movies, television shows and video games.<br>
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( Bloomberg / August 31, 2009 )

Just because Walt Disney Co.is buying Marvel Entertainment doesn't mean that Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America will be showing at the studio's human resources office to fill out their W-4s anytime soon.

Many of Marvel's best-known characters are already signed to long-term deals, some of which last into perpetuity, with a number of rival movie studios, cable networks and video game publishers, as well as a theme park company. In some cases, Disney will have to wait awhile to get its hands on them. In others, it will never have the rights unless it reaches a new agreement with the studios that currently own them.

Here's a rundown of Marvel's existing deals for movies, television shows and video games.

RELATED:
Disney to buy comic book powerhouse Marvel
Marvel is Disney's new family brand
Don't look for surge of deals in wake of Disney-Marvel

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