Disney will buy Marvel in a deal worth $4 billion. Analysts have been saying that this deal will benefit both companies since Disney will gain 5,000 new characters and Marvel will gain from Disney's worldwide distribution channels.
Only the future will tell if this is a disaster for fans of Marvel or an expansion of capabilities that only the financial strength of Disney could provide. We can only hope that Marvel's artists and creative teams are allowed to work without "interference" from Disney. The last thing we want to see is the Marvel characters turned into kid friendly versions of themselves.
One major plus side to this story is that if Disney merely provides money and stays out of the way, we could be in for a increase in comic series, graphic novels, movie adaptations, etc.
Wouldn't it be cool to have a Marvel theme park? Imagine that...