By  on September 1, 2009

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck are in line to get a series of action hero cousins, including Spider-Man and Captain America, now that The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to buy Marvel Entertainment Inc. in a deal worth $4 billion.

Indicating the potential licensing and media benefits of the business combination, Robert A. Iger, Disney’s president and chief executive officer, said on a Monday conference call that the “popularity of Marvel characters and stories transcends gender, age, cultural and geographic boundaries, and can be told successfully across a wide range of both traditional and new media platforms.”

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