The film business is a funny one, filled with all sorts of deals and contracts and double crossings and back stabbings and incidents of industrial espionage and, on occasion, a movie gets made. The news (via Variety) that Disney, proud new-ish owners of the Marvel brand, has bought the worldwide marketing and distribution rights to 'Iron Man 3' and 'The Avengers' from Paramount for $115 million may not be the most vibrant, colorful and exciting piece of news to hit the world of film today, but it sure is an interesting and surprising one.
What does this mean? It means that while Paramount will still have a hand in releasing 'Captain America: The First Avenger' and 'Thor,' they are officially out of the picture when it comes to future Marvel Studios productions, giving Disney an incredibly desirable monopoly on all things Marvel superhero ... unless they're Spider-Man, the X-Men, Daredevil or any of the other characters wrapped up in deals with other studios. Even 'Iron Man' and 'Iron Man 2' will remain under the Paramount banner, meaning that wacky rights issues now extend beyond character use and into a film-by-film basis.
The article also gives the still-in-the-embryo-stage 'Iron Man 3' a release date: May 13, 2013. Mark your calenders, fanboys!