Rumors 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 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, Deadpool. Deadpool‘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.
7 Big Potential Changes For The Marvel Cinematic Universe After ‘Avengers 4’
Marvel 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.
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