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Disney’s Research Studios, headquartered locally in Glendale, California, houses the teams working on the company’s most cutting-edge scientific and technological innovations. Recent announcements included the company’s newly-patented “robot sherpas,” which will assist guests while navigating themselves throughout the company’s chaotic and crowded theme parks, as well as a new twist on Augmented Reality called “PuppetPhone,” allowing users to manipulate animated characters using handheld devices.

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Marvel Comics famously remains under the watchful control of The Walt Disney Company, but there are some carved-out exceptions remaining for a few characters, all of them locked in by relatively ancient licensing deals that pre-date the streaming era. Universal continues to have a say in the fate of Mark Ruffalo’s “Hulk,” who was allowed to appear in the Disney Plus series “She-Hulk” only because it was not technically a standalone Hulk project. Likewise, Sony continues to produce new projects about Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker), his familiar compatriots and, naturally, his diverse mostly animal-themed rogues gallery. The studio recently announced plans to link up with Amazon for a new slate of Spidey spinoff shows.

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