Marvel characters at Disney theme parks?

The Walt Disney Co.has done preliminary work on introducing Marvel's superhero characters to the happiest place on earth: Disney's theme parks.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger told shareholders attending an annual meeting that the company has had a number of discussions and done preliminary design work that it hopes will one day lead to Marvel characters appearing, as Disney's other familiar faces do, in the theme parks.

"We haven't announced anything yet," Iger said Tuesday in response to a question posed by a shareholder at the company's annual meeting in Kansas City, Mo. "But we're working on some concepts."

When Disney acquiredMarvel Entertainment Inc.for $4 billion in 2009, the Burbank entertainment giant talked about incorporating the comic book giant's library of 5,000 characters throughout its various businesses -- which include movies, television shows and merchandise.

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-- Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times

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