Christmas may finally come early this year as entertainment giants, Disney and 21st Century Fox, are talking a major business deal.
By business deal we mean that Disney is in talks to buy most of 21st Century Fox!
As you know, Disney and Fox are two of the major players in the superhero movie genre. Disney acquiring Fox would totally change the landscape and possibilities for one of its biggest subsidiaries, Marvel Studios, home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fox currently owns the movie rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and related properties like Deadpool, X-Force, Silver Surfer, and even the rights to “mutants” in general when it comes to any Marvel-related film.
According to CNBC, the buzz around the talks is that a deal will come to fruition due to Fox being rather bullish about its desire to let go of its purely entertainment branch. If and when Disney is back in possession of the rights that 21st Century Fox currently holds, it would mean that Marvel Studios could finally bring a number of classic Marvel properties like the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into its shared cinematic universe.
While Marvel Studios (which is owned by Disney) has regained the rights to properties in the past, this would undoubtedly be one of the studio’s most important acquisitions in its history given its potential. Fox’s claim to the X-Men has kept a number of key stories from Marvel’s comics involving mutants off the table for Marvel Studios in the past, but this deal could lay the groundwork for something like an Avengers vs. The X-Men film down the line.
Update: Bloomberg is now reporting that while talks between Disney and Fox did take place over the past few weeks, talks have now stalled. This doesn’t necessarily say anything about the potential deal one way or the other, but obviously, this story is developing.
We are really hoping Fox sells its soul to Disney. How many of us want to see Black Panther and Storm together, or for that matter a Avengers vs. X-Men movie! Let’s keep our fanboy fingers crossed!