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Michael Jackson Tried to Buy Marvel In the 1990s, Nephew Confirms

April 29, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Marvel is a behemoth in the movie game as well as comics thanks to Disney, but Michael Jackson nearly ended up as the company’s owner instead. Jackson’s nephew Taj recently appeared on Popcorn Planet (per JoBlo) and confirmed a previous mention by Stan Lee that the King of Pop was tried to buy the publisher when it was about to go under in the mid-90s.

“It was Marvel and I remember that,” Taj said. “I remember being with my brothers and him talking about purchasing Marvel. He wanted to do that with Stan Lee. They had been talking and discussing that. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen, I think they were shut down from doing that. I don’t know the reasons why but they were adamantly in the process of doing that.”

Taj added that despite rumors that Jackson was only really interested in Spider-Man, he was a big fan of all the characters and said, “Besides Spider-Man, he was a huge Marvel fan. He knew all the characters. So it was not only Spider-Man [he wanted to buy]. But yeah, he probably wanted to be Spider-Man.”

Of course, instead of Jackson, Toy Biz bought the company and brought it back from the brink of bankruptcy before Disney ultimately bought it in 2009. Taj says his uncle would have been a fan of the MCU, saying, “He would be so excited about it. He was such a movie buff in that way that I think he would have thought this is the greatest thing since sliced bread, all these characters coming together.”

For his part, Jackson would be involved in several films over his life including cameos in movies like Men in Black II, his voice work on The Simpsons, and his performance in The Wiz, not to mention all the films that his music was featured in. The John Landis-directed music video for Thriller got its own IMAX 3D release and is the only music video enshrined in the Library of Congress.

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