The Walt Disney Company has officially announced its acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the entertainment properties it carries. The announcement comes after a series of rumors about the deal being made.
In Disney’s official statement, they have said the following about which properties they have obtained:
“Combining with Disney are 21st Century Fox’s critically acclaimed film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together offer diverse and compelling storytelling businesses and are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, as well as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Hidden Figures, Gone Girl, The Shape of Water and The Martian—and its storied television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, which have brought The Americans, This Is Us, Modern Family, The Simpsons and so many more hit TV series to viewers across the globe. Disney will also acquire FX Networks, National Geographic Partners, Fox Sports Regional Networks, Fox Networks Group International, Star India and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Sky plc, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group.”
Both the film and television companies of 21st Century Fox are serious additions to Disney’s growing arsenal of entertainment divisions.
Even Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) acknowledges this huge deal between two big companies.
Deadpool’s Reaction to the Disney-Fox Deal
You may have noticed that the statement above mentions the acquisition of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool franchises. You might say that this does not necessarily mean those franchises will be integrated into Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). However, a quote from the Disney’s official statement may prove otherwise.
“The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love.”
The Avengers, X-Men, and Fantastic Four Together in the Comics
It does not officially confirm the integration of the franchises and their respective characters into the MCU. However, the quote indicates that Disney knows people want to see all of Marvel’s characters together and is interested in making that happen.
Now that most of Marvel’s characters are “under one roof,” it is possible that we may see a reboot of the X-Men and Fantastic Four films within the next few years.
You can read Disney’s full statement on their deal with Fox HERE.
Do you find this as interesting as we do? Are you excited at the possibility of seeing the X-Men an Avengers movie? Let us know by tweeting us @CelebMix!