In a nutshell; when Disney bought Marvel comics there were some complaints that they would dumb down the characters. I believe that this is a big part of the controversy because it’s one thing to buy the comic books, but it’s quite another to change the characters completely and take away their charm. If you want to know what I’m talking about then read on.
First off let me say that I think there is a lot of difference between the fairytale type of comics and the more mature stories in which Marvel is known for. Some good Marvel stories (Spiderman, Fantastic Four) talked a lot about the importance to fight for the rights of your people. And that’s why they got a big name like Marvel Comics.
The original versions of Spiderman were very funny, well written, and very colorful. They were very much the Marvel Universe of the 80s. So, yes, I do feel that they changed them a little bit and they did dumb down the story a little bit. I also believe that they’re taking that chance to bring in new readers into the fold so they’re going to have a much bigger market share than they already have.
So, why change a great story? Simple, they’re trying to find their next superhero. I guess they’re going to have to wait until the movies get started.
Still, I don’t see the whole idea as being a bad thing. When you compare the story to a movie, a book or even a comic book you’ll see a lot of similarities. If you take a look at the original X-Men, you’ll see a lot of similar elements. The whole team was fighting for equal rights, the X-Men fought for justice.
When the book version of Spiderman started to become popular, people started to think of him as a superhero for a reason. When Marvel bought Marvel comics, they found that there was a whole world of fans out there that just wanted a good story, and a good hero. That’s the reason why they made Spiderman one of the biggest hits of the last decade.
If you ever think about it, when Disney bought ABC Studios in Orlando you could see the way that the characters from Disney TV shows like “The Disney Afternoon” have changed over the years and grown into something much more in depth. I feel that’s the same case with Disney’s Marvel Comics, and I really don’t see what could be done better than a series like “Mister Mime”.
It was a huge mistake for Disney to buy a big name. I think that they could have at least waited and worked on making a series of books and comics instead. They’re taking that same approach, and I don’t see any problem with it.