In 2009, Disney acquired all rights to Marvel Entertainment. It took until 2013 for Disney to then purchase the marketing and distribution rights for all Marvel characters from Paramount Pictures. With this acquisition, Disney now holds the rights to the movies and characters from blockbuster movies like The Avengers, The Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor.
Disney, known as a family-friendly business, has been outspoken against gambling. Not only does Disney refuse to allow casinos on any of their cruise ships, the company also is a leading opponent of bringing casinos to Florida. Recently, the company's ownership of the rights to many Marvel characters that are found on popular slot machines came to light.
A spokesperson for Disney and Marvel stated that the last Marvel slot machine deal occurred two years ago. In addition, Disney plans to drop all Marvel-themed slot machines as their licensing agreements expire. For the casino enthusiast, this means that bonus slots like Captain America slots, Iron Man slots, and Thor slots will be disappearing from brick and mortar casinos and online casinos.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm is another area of concern. Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 for the price of $4 billion. The company also gains the rights to Star Wars characters and movies. The spokesperson for Disney stated that Star Wars slots will also come to an end once their licensing agreements expire.
There are resorts in Florida who believe Disney's push to keep casinos out of Florida is more about dominating the travel market than the casinos themselves. Disney's spokesperson, however, says that the company feels casinos and casino games have no place in a family-friendly destination.
For the slots enthusiast, expect favorite Marvel and Star Wars slots to disappear from favorite casinos. It's clear that Disney will not allow these favorite games to remain.