Officials from Walt Disney Studios have announced the signing of a multi-year, first look deal with famous comic book creator Stan Lee and his production company POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment.
Under the terms of the agreement, Lee and his production company will develop and produce multiple forms of entertainment for Disney. This is stated to include feature films, television shows, books and video games.
The eighty-four year old comic book veteran no longer works for Marvel Entertainment, although he was signed by Activision in 2003
to act as a consultant on their Marvel based video game titles. Although POW! lists video games as one of the mediums in which it works, no titles are known to be underway from the company, despite a range of movie, TV and graphic novels.
Nevertheless, POW! Entertainment’s range of properties are likely to be of considerable interest to the newly renamed Disney Interactive Studios, who have already enjoyed considerable success with recent titles with the DS exclusive original Spectrobes
and multiplatform licensed game Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment president Bob Chapek was said to be instrumental in organizing the deal, saying: “It's hard to think of another individual who has created as many memorable and appealing characters. We're thrilled that Stan has decided to make Disney his new home, and feel very fortunate to be collaborating with him on a wide range of new projects for all divisions of our company. His track record is impressive by any measure, and Home Entertainment is sure to benefit from his creations."
"As the father of such renowned comic book heroes as Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men among others, Stan is considered one of the most creative and inventive forces in the industry today. His innate talent of tapping into the human qualities of his super hero characters has certainly struck a chord with generations of audiences and readers around the world," added Disney chairman Dick Cook.
"We are honored to be working with someone as formidable as Stan and his production company and welcome them to the Disney family."