In a recorded voicemail message from 2002, Michael Jackson could be heard stating that he wanted to purchase Marvel and create a “Marvel [television] channel with the Marvel characters.” He also mentioned creating restaurants, retail locations, theme parks, etc. touting the Marvel brand and characters. The music superstar was surely a business genius!
What happened to the Michael Jackson/Marvel deal? According to the aforementioned Piers Morgan interview, the legal allegations against Michael Jackson halted his purchase of Marvel, and left the door opened for Disney to enact his brilliant plan.