I Respond: That's BRILLIANT!
Robert Niles typos: "Hong King"
I Respond: That's funny.
And that is their classic monsters...with exception to a counter service restaurant and a highly underrated demonstration show in the Studios Park.
Perhaps re-facing the Hulk as Dr. Frankstein's Laboratory and a different Green Monster is born.
Dr. Doom being re-branded to a Mad Scientist
Spiderman with the ride machines re-faced for carriages and become a crazed ride thru Transylvania
Dracula's castle being built on the site of the current amphitheater for a semi-thrill classic dark ride
Retheme the lagoon side for the Creature of the Black Lagoon
Reface the buildings and streets
Storm Force Escape from the Wolf Man?
And I will probably be citing this article for a long time when people bring up DC Comics Land at IOA
I also have a crazy idea for a way to expand IOA to the partial of land between Cabana Bay and Royal Pacific that actual would fit for theme and rebrand Toon Lagoon at the same time.
Plus, I want the best of both worlds: Superhero rides at Universal and Disney. That would be awesome.
The NBC Sports Channel is doing horribly and will suffer even more with the upcoming launch of FOX Sports 1 AND 2. They must obtain more marque broadcast deals or remain an also ran outside of hockey and the Olympics. But, their all locked-p!
The Golf Channel, owned by NBC Sports, is another also ran. It needs more marque events, but again their locked-up with competitors.
Universal Pictures is about to release R.I.P.D. and tracking has it D.O.A. and a $225 million film, 47 Ronin, sits on their books, but they keep delaying it to avoid an inevitable write-off. They've abandoned the blockbuster, but their Legendary deal will get them back into it. But, UP needs better executive talent and a stronger development slate. Legendary can't do it all.
Answer this... Have Universal and Disney ever done a rights and talent trade before?
Using my hints above... How can Disney help Universal in more strategic areas without jeopardizing Disney, but at the same time still helping Disney?
So, thank you again.
Sorry if I did not word this correctly.. But it is confusing..
I did suggest to Robert he should create a section of who owns what on his wonderful site...
Also, from what I read in the contract, Universal can't expand the Marvel area without input from Marvel (aka Disney.) Since Disney is not about to say 'yeah, make another E-ticket attraction with our characters', the Marvel Superhero Island is probably not going to expand anytime soon.
One thing here, Universal does have rights to 95% of Marvel characters, not all. They own the rights to the characters they use AND their families, which because everyone has been an Avenger means the vast majority of Marvel is under contract to Universal. Seriously, between having the Avengers, FF, and X-Men locked up, they have almost every character. But, if Disney wanted to do a ride based on a completely unrelated character to the families Universal has (like the old Malibu Comics characters) they probably could. Now, no one would know who the hell Prime was, but hey, they could probably do it and get away with it.
This is completely different. What, outside of heaps of cold hard cash, does Disney have to offer Universal to get the Marvel rights back? And why would they offer it, when they profit off of the exposure of their characters and merchandise all while not having to service the rides? Remember, the value here is exponentially more than Al Michaels, so Disney would have to offer something of substantially more value. What would that be, and why would they do it?
Until I have the answer to those questions, I cannot see Disney acquiring the Marvel rights. Maybe sometime in the future, like 2030 or something, but not anytime soon.