Since the release of the Disney companies’ first sound cartoon in 1928, Disney has made a plethora of cartoons and movies featuring thousands of different characters.
As the years have passed, Disney has come to purchase the rights to Pixar and more recently, the rights to both the Marvel, and Lucasarts companies.
On August 31st 2009, Disney bought the rights to the Marvel company for 4 billion dollars which included the rights to marvel comics, Marvel studios, and all of the approximately 5000 characters that are in the Marvel universe.
The Disney and Marvel team-up proves to have been a success as the Avengers film released in May 2012 made over 1.5 billion dollars at the box office. The Amazing Spiderman film released the same year in July made over 700 million dollars at the box office.
On October 30th 2012 Disney purchased the Lucasarts company also for 4 billion dollars. This purchase included the rights to the Star Wars franchise, the Indiana Jones franchise, as well as all the other branches of Lucasarts including their videogames and their visual effects studio, “Industrial Light and Magic”.
Just like the Marvel deal, Disney now has the rights to all of the Star Wars characters which technically speaking means that Princess Leia is now a Disney princess.
Fans of the Star Wars saga can expect to see a new trilogy of Star Wars films starting in 2015. Screenwriter Michael Arndt has been selected to write the screenplay for Star Wars episode seven, however the cast and director have yet to be decided.
Although many fans are skeptical about Disney owning Lucasarts, many others have faith that Disney will treat their new franchises with the same respect and care that they have shown to the Marvel company.