Marvel And Activision Expand Alliance
Marvel Enterprises and video game publisher Activision, Inc. have signed a multi-year extension for their current video game licensing agreements, expanding their strategic alliance. The expanded agreements grant Activision the exclusive rights to develop and publish video game products based on Marvel's comic book franchises SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR and IRON MAN through the year 2009. Activision now has the exclusive worldwide publishing rights to each of the four properties for all platforms and operating systems that deliver interactive entertainment software products to consumers. The terms of the new agreements also provide Activision with the option to acquire the interactive entertainment rights to develop products in conjunction with motion pictures and television series involving the X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR and IRON MAN. Activision also publishes games based on the SPIDER-MAN motion picture and its forthcoming sequels under a separate agreement with Spider-Man Merchandising LLP.