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Disney now owns 'Indiana Jones' franchise

American producer George Lucas, American actor Harrison Ford and American director Steven Spielberg pose for photographers at the "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" photo call during the 61st International film festival in Cannes, southern France, on Sunday, May 18, 2008. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

First Kermit the Frog, then Iron Man, then Darth Vader, and now Indy.

After first acquiring The Muppets, then Marvel Comics and most recently, Lucasfilm, Disney has been handed the rights of the "Indiana Jones" franchise from Paramount Pictures, according to Variety.

While Paramount will still be in charge of the distribution for the first four "Indiana Jones" films, Disney "gains distribution and marketing rights to future films, in addition to retaining the ownership rights it secured when it acquired Lucasfilm."

Paramount will also receive financial participation regarding any future "Indiana Jones" films.

Despite now owning Marvel, Disney could not have marketed and released "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" without first buying the marketing and releasing rights from Paramount.

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