Disney owns a number smaller companies such as Pixar, Marvel Entertainment and Lucasfilm. Through these subsidiaries many films have been created, or are in development, these in include animated films from Pixar such as the Toy Story films, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles; superhero films from Marvel, including the Avengers and the films that tie-in to the Avengers and the upcoming seventh Star Wars film from Lucasfilm.
Explain how the websites have used convergence to increase audience awareness and participation in order to promote and sustain interest in the ﬁlm and/or its franchise. On this site, convergence is seen. The homepage of the site is, simply, a landscape of the teaser poster. This helps to create a sense of intrigue and builds on the iconography of the first film as that had a very similar teaser image. The site plays dramatic music in order to immerse users in the experience of using the site (this is easily mutable as many users may be put off by this). The site also features a global navigation bar that links to pages about other Marvel products, thus helping to join all Marvel brands into one converged brand. This small banner appears near the top of the page, showing news about the film, this helps to get people excited as they can see how others are talking about the film. This banner also features links to the film’s official social media pages, which can be used to keep the film in the users’ minds as the film’s release approaches.
This franchise uses a multitude of cross-media convergence methods for both business and artistic reason.
These films are based on the Marvel comicbooks, Marvel exploit this fact to promote their films amongst comicbook readers as well as using the films to make comicbooks more accessible to new readers.
This comicbook was released in conjunction with the first Avengers film. This was designed to milk the success of the Avengers film by giving readers more of the flavour of those films.