Disney Reportedly Moving Fast Towards Acquisition Of Fox

Avengers X-Men Fox Disney Marvel Crossover MCURumors have been swirling for a while now that Disney may be poised to buy up 21st Century Fox’s film studios. Allegedly, Fox are wanting to streamline their output to be focused almost entirely on news and sports content. As part of the restructuring, they are looking to sell certain TV studios and their film studios to Disney. The move would see 20th Century Fox brought under Disney’s control, in the same way Marvel and Lucasfilm have been already.

In a column for Deadline, Mike Fleming Jr discussed the rumors surrounding the acquisition that he says have recently been gaining traction:

“Disney is progressing speedily toward that rumored acquisition of Fox. The version I heard has the Murdoch clan keeping possession of sports and news properties, and the rest of TV and the film studio going to Disney. Radio silence right now from both studios, and given how Disney made the Marvel and Lucasfilm deals under the cone of silence, if this happens we’ll probably only know it when it’s announced. It is certainly being talked about today. Not surprisingly, the reaction around town is not enthusiasm, because of the uncertainty that comes with potentially reducing a major studio to content generators under the Disney silo system.”
While Fleming says there have been some negative reactions to the rumors, due to the prospect of a major studio being scaled down as it becomes another branch of Disney, the news has been inspiring a much more positive reaction from many fans of the two studios’ superhero movies. Fox currently holds the film rights to Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. Marvel Studios, owned by Disney, has the rights to almost all of Marvel’s other properties (with the exceptions of Spider-Man and the Hulk, though both of these have been brought into Marvel Studios’ movies through two slightly different deals with the characters’ film rights holders, Sony and Universal respectively). A Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox would mean Disney taking control of the film rights to Fox’s Marvel properties. Disney could then potentially introduce these characters into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

While nothing is certain yet, it’s sounding more and more likely that the deal will go ahead and, if it does, it seems unlikely Disney wouldn’t want to unite all their Marvel properties. Exactly what form this would take is open to speculation. Rebooting Fox’s colossal X-Men universe would be a big shakeup and questions have been raised about how the deal would affect Fox’s wildly popular X-Men spin-off franchise, DeadpoolDeadpool‘s hard R-rating would be at direct odds with the family friendly tone adopted by Marvel Studios’ cinematic output. The franchise is a fan favourite, however, and would be sorely missed were Disney to scrap it or try to censor Deadpool‘s typically more adult sensibilities. On the other hand, Fox has already produced two versions of The Fantastic Four, neither of which has been particularly popular with fans. Perhaps returning Marvel’s first family to Marvel Studios would give fans the Fantastic Four movie they deserve.

Are you hoping to see Fox’s Marvel properties join Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or would you rather the two studios remained separate? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Deadline

7 Big Potential Changes For The Marvel Cinematic Universe After ‘Avengers 4’

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Marvel AvengersMarvel Studios President Kevin Feige has officially said he’s holding back on reveals about the Marvel Cinematic Universe until after Avengers 4. With Feige holding information close to the chest, it seems likely big changes are set to hit the MCU soon.

Now that the MCU is more than fifteen films strong, I expect new characters and dramatic team shakeups soon so fans stay invested. There are a lot of things I wish could happen to the MCU, but I’m only talking about things I consider a real possibility here. Yeah, I’d love for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to join the MCU, but I don’t expect that anytime soon. At the moment, Captain America and Wolverine will probably never hit the trenches together, but just know that would be number 1 on my list if Fox and Disney had a better relationship.

Hit Next to learn about some of the changes I think are coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future!

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  • AngelNovella

    Seperate, please. There’s clearly a market for what Fox has done with the X-Men franchise, see Deadpool and Logan, and for that sort of thing to be swept away for the MCU-proven tone and family friendly-ness bothers my idea of creative spirit.

    Plus, Disney getting one step closer to a monopoly really worries me.

    • Ruben C Barron

      They could do both if they want to. Disney would essentially be the 616 universe and Fox could be the ultimate universe.

  • Jim Freebird

    YES!! Disney knows how to Make anticipated movies into winners and promote those franchises into successful park, merchandise and television entities and they have the needed revenue and studio capabilities to turn these into bonifide digital services as well!

  • Mike Gomez

    There is WAY too much story potential and cool character interactions to keep the two separate.

  • Kenny Davis

    The X-Men Universe movies have been such a mixed bag, and with Hugh Jackman hanging up his claws, the timing would be perfect for a full reboot that would bring the X-Men into the MCU- and we NEED a good Fantastic 4 movie. “Logan” was an excellent film, but it doesn’t need a sequel. We have “Deadpool” and we’re getting a sequel. Sure, maybe it ought to be a trilogy, but I doubt his gimmick-ry would last anyway. I definitely hope that this deal happens!!

    • Brodie Marschall

      Yeah, me too. Because if it becomes a done deal before Avengers 4 wraps up filming, they might be able to put the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the movie at the last minute just like how Spider-Man was put in Civil War when Marvel made a deal with them considering how Disney managed to acquire Marvel and Star Wars without spreading the rumours beforehand.

  • GrobanWorld News

    I look forward to Marvel getting the rights back to both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, and I think they would do awesome things with the franchises. The rebooted X-Men films wouldn’t center everything on Wolverine, Mystique would actually be a bad guy, and the timeline would actually make sense. Fox has never made a truly great FF4 film and probably never will. I want to see Dr. Doom in the MCU. Deadpool is a very gimmicky character and I can see audiences eventually tiring of him anyway. I don’t think he should be the star of the X-Men franchise. His schtick can get very old very quickly.

  • Sherrill

    I love the idea of bringing the X-men into the MCU. I wasn’t a fan of Deadpool, but wouldn’t mind if they allowed the series to continue – different tastes for different folks, and all that, but overall, I think Disney’s Marvel has consistently brought the best Superhero movies, so more of that, please! Critics may be getting tired of the superhero genre, but box office shows audiences still love them. I hope this buy-out happens.

  • Adam D. Hall

    I hope Disney will own the distribution rights to “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” if and when the deal does go through.

  • lorenzo

    The X-men need
    to be an independent franchise not to be part of another, it’s a mistake
    for people to believe that it’s natural that they’re all together
    because “that’s the way it is in the comics”, well, that’s not entirely
    true, the mutants they have their own stories,
    villains and mythology, they should not be absorbed by another universe
    called badly MCU when in fact it is an MCA.