Disney has announced today that they have bought out the remaining two Marvel movies out from Paramount for a cool $112 million, which means both The Avengers and Iron Man 3 will be Disney movies when they are released. The Avengers will be released in May of 2012 and Iron Man 3 will come out the following year.
â€œIn completing this agreement, Disney will now assume worldwide marketing and distribution of The Avengers and Iron Man 3 and leverage these two highly-anticipated films across the multiple global platforms of The Walt Disney Company,â€ said Rich Ross, Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. â€œWe appreciate the tremendous momentum that Paramount established with these iconic Marvel characters and look forward to propelling the brand even further in the coming years.â€
This doesn’t affect either Thor or Captain America, which come out next summer. There hasn’t been any word on the Marvel characters at Fox (X-Men, Fantastic Four, Daredevil) or Sony (Spider-Man, Ghost Rider), but if Disney is being this aggressive with their $4 billion investment; they may not be safe much longer.