Disney Acquires Distribution Rights to Four Marvel Films from Paramount
Deal covers Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Walt Disney Studios, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios announced they have reached an agreement under which Disney has acquired all of the distribution rights previously held by Paramount for Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger. Under terms of the deal effective June 30, 2013, Paramount was paid for the transfer of the distribution rights. Paramount will continue to honor and service existing distribution commitments. All other distribution activities will be transitioned to Disney over the next several months.
The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, purchasing the worldwide marketing and distribution rights for Marvel’s The Avengers and Marvel’s Iron Man 3 from Paramount the following year.
About The Walt Disney Studios
For nearly 90 years, The Walt Disney Studios has been the foundation on which The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) was built. Today, the Studio brings quality movies, music and stage plays to consumers throughout the world. The Walt Disney Studios encompasses the creation, production, promotion, sales, acquisition and domestic and international distribution of live-action and animated motion pictures, home entertainment releases, music and soundtrack recordings, and live stage plays. Feature films are released under the following banners: Disney; Walt Disney Animation Studios; Pixar Animation Studios; Disneynature; Marvel Studios; Lucasfilm; and Touchstone Pictures, the banner under which live-action films from DreamWorks Studios are distributed. The Disney Music Group encompasses the Walt Disney Records and Hollywood Records labels, as well as Disney Music Publishing. The Disney Theatrical Group produces and licenses live events, including Disney on Broadway, Disney On Ice and Disney Live!. For more information, please visit www.disney.com.
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel’s strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online. For more information, visit www.marvel.com.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
From Marvel, the Studio That Brought You the Biggest Super Hero Movie of All Time, Marvel’s The Avengers, Comes the Next Chapter in the Powerful World of Tony Stark
MARVEL’S IRON MAN 3
Early Debut of the HD Digital and HD Digital 3D on September 3, 2013
Followed by 3D Super Set, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Copy & On Demand September 24, 2013
Synopsis: Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Cast: Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers, Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes) as Tony Stark/Iron Man,Gwyneth Paltrow (Se7en, Iron Man 2, Iron Man) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (Crash, Iron Man 2, Hotel Rwanda) as Lt. Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes/ War Machine, Guy Pearce (Memento, L.A. Confidential, The Hurt Locker) as Aldrich Killian, Rebecca Hall (The Prestige, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Town) as Maya Hansen, Stephanie Szostak (The Devil Wears Prada, Dinner for Schmucks) as Ellen Brandt, James Badge Dale (The Departed, Shame) as Eric Savin, with Jon Favreau (Iron Manfranchise) as Happy Hogan, and Ben Kingsley (Schindler’s List, Hugo, Shutter Island ) as The Mandarin
Producer: Kevin Feige (Marvel’s The Avengers, Marvel’s Iron Man, Marvel’s Thor)
Release Date: HD Digital and HD Digital 3D: September 3, 2013
3D BD, BD, DVD, Digital Copy, On Demand: September 24, 2013
(Direct Pre-book: 7/30/13; Distributor Pre-book: 8/13/13)
Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One: Jump into action with the stunt-team
(3D, BD, DVD & skydivers in this close-up look at creating one of the movie’s most memorable scenes.
Select Digital Retailers)
Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look – Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World—Experience the spectacular new worlds, unforgettable characters, and pulse-pounding thrills of the upcoming blockbuster movie.
Marvel’s Iron Man 3 Unmasked—Join cast and crew for a crash course in epic movie-making, Marvel style.
Deleted & Extended Scenes
Audio Commentary—With Drew Pearce & Shane Black
Feature Run Time: 130 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.
Subtitles: English, French & Spanish
**UPDATE: UNFORTUNATELY, DUE TO UNAVOIDABLE CIRCUMSTANCES, STAN LEE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MAKE IT TO THE SHOW THIS YEAR. We have closed sales of the Stan Lee tickets and will be in touch in the coming weeks with refund options for existing buyers of Stan Lee tickets.**
The Baltimore Comic-Con is honored to announce that Stan “The Man” Lee will return to Baltimore for the third year in a row at this year’s convention. The 14th Annual show will be taking place at the Baltimore Convention Center the weekend of September 7-8, 2012.
For this year’s show, Lee will be making appearances both days, signing autographs and posing for photographs with fans in attendance of the show.
He is known the world over as the architect of the Marvel Universe and the Father of Modern Comics. Along with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee co-created some of the most iconic characters of the Silver Age, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange.
Lee began his career in comics in 1939 at the age of 16, working for Martin Goodman at Timely Comics. He made his writing debut in 1941 with a text filler story in Captain America Comics #3 and wrote his first back-up story for the title two issues later. Lee continued to write for the publisher and, at the age of 19, was installed as interim editor. With a head for business and an eye for comics, Lee graduated to become editor-in-chief and art director of the comics division.
Throughout his illustrious career, which has spanned more than 70 years, Lee has been a writer, editor, publisher, President, and Chairman at Marvel Comics. He’s made cameo appearances in 17 films based on his creations-including Iron Man 3, Marvel Studios’ follow-up to The Avengers.
“Having Stan back for a third year is just incredible for both the fans and the show as a whole,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. “With him appearing both days again this year, we’re setting the stage for our biggest and best year yet!”
Details regarding ticket pricing for signings and VIP packages will be released over the next few weeks. To receive the latest information about Stan Lee and all of the Baltimore Comic-Con news, sign up for our mailing list at baltimorecomiccom.com!
Stan Lee joins our previously announced guests, including: Brian Bolland (Dial H); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Jimmy Cheung (Avengers vs. X-Men); Frank Cho (Savage Wolverine); Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre); J.M. DeMatteis (Phantom Stranger); David Finch (Justice League of America); Dave Gibbons (The Secret Service); Keith Giffen (Masters of the Universe); Adam Hughes (Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan); Barry Kitson (Empire); Roger Langridge (Popeye); Paul Levitz (World’s Finest); Kevin Maguire (World’s Finest); Mike Mignola (Hellboy In Hell); Jimmy Palmiotti (Batwing); George Perez (World’s Finest); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Joe Prado (Earth 2); Ivan Reis (Aquaman); Chris Samnee (Daredevil); Louise Simonson (X-Factor); Walt Simonson (The Mighty Thor); Allison Sohn (sketch card artist); Mark Waid (Indestructible Hulk); and Bill Willingham (Fables).
In the coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found on our website, Twitter, and Facebook pages.
This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 7-8, 2013. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 7th.
Andy Park, Bryan Andrews, Federico d’ Alessandro, Josh Herman, Phil Saunders, Rodney Fuentebella, and Ryan Meinerding appear at Gallery Nucleus on Saturday May 18th for a panel and signing from 6:00PM – 9:00PM!
IRON MAN 3 is a highly anticipated film set after the events that occurred in The Avengers, Tony Stark faces a powerful enemy, the Mandarin. Left only to rely on his instincts, he must embark on a harrowing quest to find those responsible for destroying his personal life and is confronted with the question does the suit make the man or does the man make the suit?
Come see rare behind the scenes artwork by artists from the production design, storyboards, and visual development team.
Bring your questions for the Q&A session and meet the artists one-on-one as they sign copies of the new Art of Iron Man 3 book.
Some production art by the featured panelists will be on display.
$5 Admission at the door includes 1 raffle ticket for the chance to win an exclusive limited Iron Man print signed by the Visual Development artists.
Additional raffle tickets available for $2
Seats are limited, standing room available.
Andy Park (Concept Illustrators)
Bryan Andrews (Storyboard)
Federico d’ Alessandro (Marvel Head of Visual Development)
Federico d’ Alessandro (Storyboard)
Josh Herman (3-D Modeler)
Phil Saunders (Concept Illustrators)
Rodney Fuentebella (Concept Illustrators)
Ryan Meinerding (Marvel Head of Visual Development)
210 East Main Street, Alhambra, CA 91801
Marvel Comics writer Kieron Gillen signs at Third Coast Comics on Thursday April, 25th at 5:00 pm! He’s helping kick off the 2013 C2E2 with an appearance at the shop. His credits include:
The X-Men, S.W.O.R.D., Generation Hope, Uncanny X-Men, Avengers vs X-Men: Consequences, Thor, Journey Into Mystery, Iron Man, and the curent Young Avengers comic.
In addition to his Marvel work he also wrote Phonogram for Image Comics with artist Jamie McKelvie.
Third Coast Comics
6234 North Broadway, Chicago, IL 60660
Rubber Chicken Comics
15 N. Main Street (Rt 126), Bellingham, MA 02019
Marvel superstar writer MATT FRACTION (Hawkeye, FF, Fantastic Four, etc.) will make his way down to Beach Ball Comics on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 to meet fans and sign books. And he’ll be sitting alongside Marvel superstar-on-the-rise, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Avengers Assemble, Captain Marvel) from 5:00-7:00 pm that evening, so clear those calendars, people!
Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804
Please welcome Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble for Marvel Comics, to Beach Ball Comics on Wednesday, April 24th from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm! Come by, say hi, and maybe ask what’s next for the grounded Captain. See you there!
Beach Ball Comics
3024 W Ball Rd Ste G, Anaheim, CA 92804
Gwyneth Paltrow signs at Barnes & Noble on Thursday April 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM!
Barnes & Noble - The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, and Jesse Hamm sign at Floating World Comics on Wednesday March 13th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm to celebrate the release of HAWKEYE VOL. 1 MY LIFE AS A WEAPON TP. They will also have copies of the Hurricane Sandy benefit issue, Hawkeye #7 for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to American Red Cross, to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hawkeye #7 artists Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm will be available to draw sketches for fans in exchange for American Red Cross donations.
Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209