Earlier this week, the news broke that Saban, the original license-holder of The Power Rangers, had purchased the franchise back from Disney. Saban sold The Power Rangers to Disney in 2001 as part of a larger deal involving the then-named Fox Family Channel.
Now, Saban has re-claimed control of his mighty-morphin' team of martial arts teens.
The Power Rangers have been a meet-and-greet fixture at Disney's Hollywood Studios for many years. This acquisition by Saban has many (including myself) wondering if (or more likely, when) The Power Rangers will teleport away from DHS forever.
With Disney no longer holding the rights, it has to be only a matter of time.
In the meantime, what could replace The Power Rangers as meet-and-greet options for the Streets of America portion of DHS?
The answer, in my own personal opinion, may come from Disney's newest partner: Marvel.
While there may be some legal issues to steer around, it would be a huge draw if meet-and-greets with Spiderman, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Captain America, the Fanstastic Four and more were available at DHS.
Sorry Red Ranger, but Spidey would be an enormous draw, far greater than The Power Rangers. And it fits - the streets of New York are Spidey's hangout anyway. Disney could add a few spider webs here and there to help enhance the Spiderman theme.
Of course, there's that little issue with Universal Studios to contend with.
As I understand it (and I'm no lawyer), the sticking point between Disney and Universal over the Marvel characters relates to attractions. Personally, I don't know that a meet-and-greet would count as an attraction. As I said, I'm no lawyer, so there may be other restrictions that would prevent major Marvel characters from coming to DHS.
There's always Captain Marvel.... SHAZAM!!!