This story kind of slipped out in its birth sac last week without getting cut open and examined. It's always worth noting how effectively Marvel has built its licensing partnerships over the last three or four years. In addition, Reader Chris Mautner points out that the important thing to remember about this deal is that it seems to puts Marvel onto roughly the same playing field as the City of Heroes game. This could potentially explain the timing of their recent lawsuit against those folks. Even if it doesn't, this new deal represents a development many have long thought a certainty for the character-driven company.