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Marvel Fanboys Better Get Used to the Mouse

Disney to acquire Marvel universe in $4.3 billion deal



    Marvel Fanboys Better Get Used to the Mouse
    Spidey is joining the Disney family.

    Mickey Mouse is one step closer to getting super powers.

    On Thursday, shareholders of the comics-titan Marvel Entertainment Inc. approved a deal that would make the company a wholly owned subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co.

    Marvel -- famous for characters such Spider Man, Iron Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four -- would bring its army of more than 5,000 characters to the Disney balance sheets.

    Disney already owns Pixar, the Emeryville, Calif.-based studio well-known for its computer-animated films like Toy Story and Wall-E.

    While Pixar movies appeal to young children and parents and Disney's traditional fare appeals to tweens and teenage girls, Marvel's characters are popular with teenage boys, filling out a weak spot in Disney's lineup.

    Based on the closing price of Disney's common stock, the merger is valued at $4.3 billion, according to Marvel.

    The deal was expected to be completed after the close of the market Thursday.