Disney fans get glimpse of Marvel at D23
ANAHEIM – Disney may own Marvel Comics, but don't expect to see Captain America, Iron Man or Thor hanging out with Mickey Mouse at Disneyland any time soon.
Marvel's chief creative officer, Joe Quesada, gave Disney – and Marvel – fans a glimpse into the comic giant and its role as part of the Disney family on Sunday during Disney's D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The expo is a fan convention hosted by D23, the official Disney fan club. The expo, which showcases Disney products and merchandise, and features appearances by Disney characters and meet and greets with artists among other events, began in 2009. Marvel, which Disney bought for $4 billion in 2009, made its expo debut this year.
"People wanted to know, 'What could this marriage of Disney and Marvel look like?'" Quesada said. "One of the reasons why Marvel wanted to be part of the Disney family is that (Disney CEO) Bob Iger promised that Marvel would operate as an autonomous company and would be able to do what Marvel does."
Quesada gave a brief history of the 72-year-old company and said Marvel fits into the Disney family because the two entities share a passion for telling stories.
"We pride ourselves in being storytellers," Quesada said. "Now that we're part of Disney, we're the world's storytellers. There's not one part of Disney that doesn't touch the world."
Despite the popularity of Marvel characters, including cartoons on the Disney channel, Quesada said there are no plans to have Marvel characters at any Disney parks.
"There have been talks," he said. "But as of now, nothing has been determined."
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