Will Disney+ Hurt or Help Comic Values?

by Michael Vlachakis

132194_8ba7b9e101ff55111bfe33ea2b4b7cc349ed26b2-196x300 Will Disney+ Hurt or Help Comic Values?

The best way to see your comic investments grow rapidly is to have a character make an appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). We have seen it countless times as rumor turns to confirmation which turns into appearances, each of which causes the market to shift accordingly. The Sony Universe is gaining some traction with each announcement since the release of Venom has shown promise in market reaction. Netflix did not have the same effect on prices that many bettors had hoped for. Now we have Disney+ as the main source of everything Marvel. So, what do we take from this? Is Disney+ the new money maker, or will the market turn on it too?

Recently, Kevin Feige announced that the characters with shows announced in Phase IV for Disney+ (Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Wanda-Vision) will also appear in cinematic offerings in the future. That is significant. We have already seen a swell in prices for many of these characters.  She-Hulk #1 has gone from the $300 range, for a 9.8 graded copy, to the $600 range, without a single appearance on a show or movie.  What is the expected price-point for a copy if she shows up on screen in, say, Black Widow?  Does that make the price go to $800?  $900?  Where is the ceiling on some of these values?  Either way, we know from the boss himself that this scenario is likely to happen.

If we now know that each of these characters will make an appearance in a feature film, we have to assume that their market popularity and profitability will continue to spike with each iteration.  Moon Knight and She-Hulk received modest price jumps upon the Phase IV announcement, but Blade was seemingly the recipient of a larger jump in value despite not knowing definitively if Blade will be seen as a series or a movie.  To me, it seems like the market is just a little more comfortable with the known commodity of Blade versus some new, untested characters like the others.

It is a good push by Marvel to expand and diversify their roster and get new fans involved, but you may also create an unwanted sectioning off of fans. Time is limited and people have more options than ever. If Disney+ is added to a consumer’s already loaded pallet of choices, will the average fan have time to consume all, or will they have to choose their favorite and hope to be caught up by means other than viewing? Will other subscription services see their viewership decline as a result of the grand nostalgia library that Disney+ can offer?  At the end of the day, if you are trying to speculate on the future values of comics and drive the price of your collection up you would like for Disney to have a solid plan that drives up popularity without over saturating the market.  This all while giving great entertainment and diversity for new audiences, let’s see what you can do Disney+.

Is there a character you hope receives a price bump soon?  Which Phase IV character intrigues you the most?  Drop your comments and join the speculation!


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skip melton November 28, 2019 - 9:21 pm

I would like to see a character from the old west ride onto the scene. Maybe Doc Savage and his merry band of men
show up to save the world of the 30’s or 40’s,or better yet his heretofore unknown grandson/great grandson burst upon the 2020’s as a hero or arch villain (or a little of both)

Jim Parker November 29, 2019 - 10:22 am

I would like to see Namor on the screen. For now all we have is rumor. Sub Mariner has been a huge character in comics since the golden age that has not only made appearances in multiple major titles but also sustained his own title. It’s time!

Jeremy November 29, 2019 - 12:15 pm

I think first appearance of vision, Hawkeye and falcon could get a boost. Will it substain im not sure

Erol Molnar December 6, 2019 - 12:04 am

Collecting should and is fun when u buy what u love!!!! Don’t bother with spec books it makes u feel u have to buy it in order to feel ur not missing out. Biggest mistake collectors do.


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