SINGAPORE (May 31): Spoiler alert. Spider-Man, one of the survivors in the latest Avengers: Endgame, will see its latest movie Spider-Man: Far From Home released in end-June. Disney, in collaboration with Marvel, has also plans to release movie spin-offs of the rest of the survivors in Avengers: Endgame.

Spin-offs from the Avengers already include Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Black Panther and Captain Marvel.

As at May 19, Avengers: Endgame had earned US$2.615 billion ($3.6 billion) worldwide — just US$173 million less than Avatar’s record. In its obituary of Stan Lee, the creator of the Marvel Comic Book Universe, the New York Times said Marvel movies had grossed US$24 billion as at April 2018.

Well, that is why Walt Disney Co paid US$4.24 billion for Marvel Entertainment back in 2009.

They contribute to the studio entertainment segment of Disney’s operations, and globally, the Marvel characters and Star Wars sequels and spin-offs are the most visible part of that segment. To be sure, there is more to the segment than just the Marvel and Star Wars universes. (Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 and the rights to produce Star Wars movies and other spin-offs associated with the franchise.) In addition, there are cross-selling opportunities.

Meanwhile, Deloitte predicts that growth for global entertainment sector is in VR and video streaming, with Netflix being the main entertainment disruptor. But now, Netflix is being disrupted by Disney+ and has started to build its own content.

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