An upcoming Marvel Comics panel at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) titled "Marvel: From Comics To Screens" is sparking rumors that Disney might be looking to close the comics publisher. However, former Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada says that speculation is incorrect.
Sharing an article from Bleeding Cool on Twitter, Quesada, wrote, "Must be a slow news day. Ladies and gents I give you the dumbest comics conspiracy of the week. Sometimes a panel is just a panel." Sources for ComicBook.com also verified that the rumors were untrue.
Must be a slow news day. Ladies and gents I give you the dumbest comics conspiracy of the week. https://t.co/ZGpx4EuWKK— JoeQuesada (@JoeQuesada) March 2, 2019
Sometimes a panel is just a panel.
The article from Bleeding Cool, which was subsequently picked up and shared by other outlets, does make it clear that its theory Disney is looking to shut down Marvel Comics is only speculation. That outlet's piece asks why Disney should "continue to bother publishing [comics] at all, especially when they can make far more money mining the intellectual properties for other mediums?" The article then goes on to speculate that the panel is actually about making a case for the continued publishing of comics, as they "provide the genetic material to make actual profits elsewhere."
Marvel's press release describes the panel as follows:
On Friday, March 8th, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada will lead an interactive discussion about the history and landscape of Marvel Comics. Titled Marvel: From Comics To Screens, the hour-long panel will look at how some of Marvel’s most iconic characters and storylines have contributed to the games, movies, and television series that are so renowned among popular culture. Everything starts with an idea – and Marvel Comics is the spark that lights the fire!
Quesada's statements make it clear that Marvel Comics isn't going anywhere, which will certainly come as a relief to the publisher's many fans.