It might’ve been a long time coming, but Disney has finally announced when it will make the deal of the century and acquire 20th Century Fox.
The House of Mouse is taking control of Fox and bringing the likes of The Simpsons, Planet of the Apes, Alien, and Deadpool under the rule of Disney.
It opens up a whole host of avenues and could excitedly see the X-Men and Fantastic Four join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For years, fans have been looking for even a hint of Charles Xavier’s gifted youngsters or Marvel’s First Family but been left disappointed by Fox keeping everything to itself.
Disney has put an official date on the record-breaking $71.3 billion deal. Deadline confirms we should mark March 20 in our calendars, meaning we’re just days away from the monumental moment. According to the site, 12:02 a.m. Eastern Time is when it all goes down and the deal is made official. Even if The Simpsons fans are questioning the motives of Mickey, Marvel fans are jumping for joy.
While you shouldn’t expect to suddenly see the X-Men popping up in the Russo Brothers’ Avengers: Endgame, it’s great news for Kevin Feige and his plans for the future of the MCU. Although Feige has repeatedly said there’s nothing set in stone with the X-Men and Fantastic Four, he teased that he’s been exploring ways to bring the fan-favourite teams alongside the Avengers.
As far back as 2017, there’s been a rumble in the Hollywood jungle that Mickey Mouse could wrap his giant gloves around the Fox franchises. A bidding war soon erupted and the original reports of Disney’s $52 billion offer soon skyrocketed to outprice Comcast’s rival bid.
When the ink’s dry, it means Disney will own all of 20th Century Fox’s films, shows from the likes of FX, and a hefty 60% share of the Hulu streaming service. It’s unclear how Disney will handle R-rated franchises like Alien and Deadpool, but with Hulu recently announcing a number of adult animations based on Marvel characters, fans could see separate branches keep their own identity.
Elsewhere, no one knows whether the cast of Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix will be brought over or if Disney will start from scratch (again). For the time being, at least it looks like Deadpool 3 is safe and Ryan Reynolds can keep playing the Merc with a Mouth. Either way, there’s a lot of money flying around between the studios at the moment.
Just like when Disney took the Star Wars movies from Lucasfilm and charted a new direction for the long-running space opera, the opportunities for where Disney goes with Fox are frankly limitless. It’s been a slog getting here, but at least we’re finally there.
[Featured Image: Pixabay/20th Century Fox]