The T-Grid: Mickey Mouse vs. Spider-Man

By  |  Monday, August 31, 2009 at 9:22 am

It’s not the biggest media merger ever, but it may be the most intriguing one: The Walt Disney Company has agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. Which means that Mickey Mouse, Goofy, the Amazing Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Pinocchio, the X-Men, Gus and Jaq-Jaq, Kermit the Frog, Captain America, the Little Mermaid, Ghost Rider, Buzz Lightyear, the Dazzler, Dr. Strange, Hannah Montana, all 101 Dalmatians, and both Donald and Howard Duck will work for the same company.

I’m reporting on this here mainly because it seems like a safe bet that Disney is putting down its four bil in part because of the potential it sees for Marvel characters in digital form: in games, on the Web, via digital distribution of movies, on mobile devices, and more. But I’m also covering this because I felt like doing a T-Grid. After the jump, a quick comparison of two legendary characters who will surely meet before too much time has passed.

Corporate icon
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse
Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko
First appearance
Preternaturally cheerful
Radioactive blood provides amazing strength and Spidey-Sense
Burbank (or, in more recent stories, Mouseton)
New York City
Secret identity
Mickey Mouse
Peter Parker
Fights evil
Wears shirt
Significant other
Minnie Mouse
Mary Jane Watson
Pegleg Pete (aka Black Pete, aka Pete)
The Green Goblin (aka Norman Osborn)
None that I know of Ms. Lion, at least kinda
Memorable quote
“Arithmetic is being able to count up to 20 without taking off your shoes”
“With great power comes great responsibility”
Memorable theme-song line
“Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?”
“Spider-Man/Spider-Man/does whatever a spider can.”
Portrayed by
Walt Disney, Jimmie MacDonald, Wayne Allwine
Nicholas Hammond, Tobey Maguire
Met Superman
Met Bugs Bunny
Met Howard the Duck
No, but now he can
Met Kermit the Frog
Wears gloves
Subject of Orlando theme-park attraction?
Popular subject of wristwatch design
Star of long-running newspaper comic strip
Star of videogames
Popular in Japan

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Deceptive Says:

    Winner: Spiderman. Clearly. lol

  2. Michael Says:

    General popularity scores for Mickey Mouse VS Spiderman:

  3. Hollie Powell Says:

    My kids loves Hanna Montana so much that they are addicted to it. Anyway, Miley is a pretty and talented young girl.`~`

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