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Disney Has Held Talks to Purchase 20th Century Fox (Report)



Disney has held talks to purchase 20th Century Fox

In what could potentially be the most far-reaching and impactful movie industry news story of 2017, CNBC is reporting that The Walt Disney Company is in early talks to potentially purchase parts of 21st Century Fox, the parent company of both the 20th Century Fox movie studio and the Fox Television production company, along with other media assets like FX Networks and National Geographic, as well as international platforms like Star and Sky.

The deal would not encompass Fox News, the FOX broadcast network, local broadcasting affiliates or Fox’s sports programming assets, which would remain as part of the Fox empire. Disney already owns ABC and ESPN, and believes incorporating Fox’s sports coverage would encompass a monopoly and make them a target of an anti-trust case.
So what does this mean for movie fans? Right off the bat, you could expect Fox’s X-Men (including Deadpool and Wolverine) and Fantastic Four properties to be properly incorporated into Disney’s Marvel Studios, helping them get one step closer to bringing all their wayward comic book assets back under one roof. Disney would also acquire such heavyweight franchises as Alien, Predator, Planet of the Apes, Kingsman, Die Hard and, most enticingly, Avatar. James Cameron is currently at the helm of filming four back-to-back Avatar sequels to the most successful movie of all-time, and already worked closely with Disney on the new attraction Pandora – The World of Avatar at Orlando’s Disney World. It would also mean that Lucasfilm could bring Star Wars entirely back under their umbrella, as Fox still owns the rights to 1977’s original Star Wars, which could translate to a Blu-ray release of the original trilogy in its untampered-with form, and possibly theatrical re-releases.
A deal would also be great for Disney’s upcoming streaming service. The additional movie content from 20th Century Fox would make the service a big competitor to something like Netflix.
The article notes that neither side is currently active in talks, but it has been up for discussion for several weeks. A deal this large would also likely have to be approved by the government, and could take some time to negotiate the fine details. In 2016, Buena Vista (Disney) was #1 with over 26% of the movie market share of domestic box office alone, while Fox took slightly under 13% to place third. With the two studios combined, it would make Disney the most formidable (and more than a little frightening) force in the industry, if they aren’t that already.
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Ryan Reynolds Wonders How Disney And Fox Deal Would Affect 'Deadpool'





Disney buying Fox is by no means a sure thing, but if it does happen it could put Deadpool in a very interesting position.
Most were shocked when the news hit that Disney is in talks to purchase 20th Century Fox and that includes Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds shared the story with a very Deadpool caption. "If this is true, I wonder how the fudge it would affect Deadpool?"
It's a good question, and while there are no official answers, there are a few likely scenarios.











The first would actually greatly affect the Deadpool fans know and love. Disney's current Marvel Cinematic Universe is quite family friendly. Sure there are adult themes, but they are layered in such a way that you still won't feel guilty bringing your children to come see Captain America and Iron Man duke it out in Civil War.
That is certainly not the case with Deadpool, which excelled at the box office thanks to its unique blend of over the top action and sarcastic humor. It earned an R rating for a reason, but Disney rarely releases R-rated content these days, especially in their superhero universe. They could ask the team to bring the humor down to a PG-13 level, but odds are that wouldn't be a successful gambit.
The second and more likely scenario is that after purchasing the studio they just allow it to stay independent. That would allow Disney to still enjoy the benefits of Fox's R-rated content without hurting their more family-friendly brand. Movies like Deadpool, X-Force, Logan, and more could still exist, but would just be under the 20th Century Fox label exclusively.
That would also allow Disney to move over any characters to Marvel it chooses, including the core X-Men, while Fox is able to experiment with groups like the New Mutants and any other properties that need a harder edge.
If Disney didn't take the X-Men characters back completely for Marvel, the new ownership would at least make crossovers a possibility.
This deal is nowhere near done, and evidently has been off and on for several months. It is interesting to think about what could be though, and we'll keep you updated on any further developments.
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Report: Part of Disney's Interest in Buying Fox Is to Consolidate Marvel Characters



Geek circles were sent into a frenzy with the report of the Walt Disney Company was in negotiations to acquire the various entertainment divisions and properties of 21st Century Fox. And though the House of Mouse has myriad reasons for making such a lucrative purchase, one particular reason stands out to many comic book fans.
In the wake of the news going public, the Wall Street Journal is now stating one reason for the purchase is to secure the rights of other Marvel properties that Fox has the rights to, namely the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises.
The report states buying Fox would bring Disney one other significant asset that would make it a more formidable competitor in TV and film. Under a deal that dates back to the 1990s, Fox controls big- and small-screen rights to Marvel's X-Men and other characters who have appeared in their comic books, as well as the Fantastic Four.
But getting two of their most popular properties under the Marvel Studios banner was but one of the reasons driving their negotiations, according to the report, as Disney also wants to be able to compete with Netflix in the streaming game.
Disney already announced its plans to launch two different streaming services. One will be an ESPN-branded service offering comprehensive coverage of sports, and the other will offer television shows and movies produced by Disney properties.
Though Disney currently has a deal to stream their current movies on Netflix, it expires in 2018 and the company doesn't plan to renew, opting instead to use their own service and compete with Netflix.
But one area where they're having trouble is in the television offerings. Netflix, however, is seen more and more as a threat with their investment into original series, especially now that shows like Stranger Things and Making a Murderer have become successful for the streaming platform.
Adding the TV library of the FOX Network would do a lot to bolster their output and position Disney to be able to offer a viable Netflix competitor to customers.
However, the report states that sources familiar with the negotiations say that talks have stopped and they're not sure if they'll be picked up again. And even if they do, nothing will be finalized until a deal is agreed to and the ink on the contracts dry.
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Disney And Fox Have Reportedly Reentered Negotiations; An Official Announcement Could Be Imminent

We were told that talks had died down between Disney and 21st Century Fox, but now we're hearing that both studios have reentered negotiations and an offcial announcement could be made any day now...




Fans had all-but lost hope that Disney's planned acquisitions of 21st Century Fox's roster of Marvel character could finally lead to the likes of The X-Men and The Fantastic Four showing up in The MCU at some point, but we now have some (potentially) great news.

According to Deadline, talks have begun to progress rapidly and both sides have gone dark, leading to speculation that a deal is very close to being made.
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.
This deal could obviously lead to a comic book fan's dream scenario, but there are those that aren't so enthusiastic about the prospect now that Fox has begun to make such great strides with risky, R-rated projects such as Deadpool and Logan.

At any rate, it's probably best not to get too carried away until we hear something official - but that announcement could be with us very soon, so keep an eye out!
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Disney Back in Talks to Buy Fox, ‘X-Men’ Producer Wants to Join the MCU






Weeks ago, news broke that Disney might be interested in buying parts of 21st Century Fox (whose assets include the 20th Century Fox film studio and television networks like FX). By the time the news broke, the talks were considered over and the deal was thought to be dead. But perhaps reports of the deal’s death have been greatly exaggerated. The Disney/Fox deal might still be on, and to add fuel to the fire, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner is keen to bring the X-Men to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Could that happen if the Disney Fox acquisition becomes a reality?

There are a lot of moving parts for a deal involving Disney buying 20th Century Fox, and there are many things to take into consideration, including people’s careers and the overwhelming threat of Disney becoming an entertainment monopoly. But let’s be honest: the big issue everyone wants to talk about is the prospect of the purchase bringing together Disney’s MCU with Fox’s X-Men, Deadpool, and other Marvel-centric film properties. And it may yet happen. Weeks after word came that the Disney/Fox talks had ended, Deadline‘s Mike Fleming Jr. has revealed that the deal might still happen.
Fleming says a “juicy rumor” that is “fast gaining steam” in Hollywood is that “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.”
Fleming goes on to say that the reaction around Hollywood about the acquisition is not enthusiastic, due to the “uncertainty that comes with potentially reducing a major studio to content generators under the Disney silo system.” But we’ll let the industry people worry about that. What audiences care about is synergy, and ever-growing movie universes (I think?). MCU fans would love this acquisition to happen, because that would mean the X-Men franchise, which is owned by Fox, could finally cross-over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And one of the X-Men producers is all for it.
In that recent, sprawling Vanity Fair piece about the MCU, Lauren Shuler Donner, who has produced all of the X-Men films so far, expressed interest interest in making the MCU/X-Men team-up happen. ““Well, I wish. I would love it, I would love it. But it’s not for me to say,” Donner said. That doesn’t mean you should get your hopes up, however. Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige tamped down the fire a bit by adding, “Would we like to [bring the X-Men into the MCU]? Yeah, of course. Is there any movement toward it at all? No. Same thing. Same status.”
Same status for now, but who knows what the future might bring, especially if this Disney acquisition goes through.
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Disney Re-Engaged In Talks With Fox, Deal Reportedly Gaining Momentum



Previously thought to have fell through, it seems new life has been given to Disney's deal with 21st Century Fox.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox have restarted serious discussions to move divisions of the company to the house of mouse. The deal would include Fox's movie studio 20th Century Fox as well as its Fox television network and FX network.
It would also feature the National Geographic cable group, as well as a 30% piece of Hulu, 39% interest stake in the Sky broadcasting company, and Star India. Those assets combined are valued at around $48.5 billion, and while Disney is once again the front-runner, it seems Comcast is also heavily interested in acquiring that bundle of assets as well.
It would benefit Disney in a greater way, however, as taking control of 20th Century Fox would give Marvel back characters it has long craved, such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four. That would provide Marvel Studios a whole new slew of characters to integrate into the MCU, and Disney even more ways to grow the IP. That doesn't mean 20th Century Fox won't still be making movies with the X-Men and ancillary characters like Deadpool though, but it will likely only use the characters that lend themselves to more adult overtones.
These discussions have been going on since early November according to previous reports, but it was later reported that they fell apart, with companies like Verizon and Comcast looking to make deals with Fox afterward. Now it appears Disney is back at the table, and it seems 21st Century Fox wants to be able to make a decision on a deal (if it happens) by the end of this year.
For Disney, that would be the latest in a line of mega purchases, starting with the acquisition of Marvel in 2009, followed by Lucasfilm in 2012. It seems another landmark purchase could very well be in the company's near future.
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There's Another Player In That Potential Disney/Fox Deal







Every major entertainment company is buzzing with the earlier reports that Disney was in talks to buy several assets from 21th Century Fox. The proposed deal would include some of Fox's TV and movie productions, as well as its entertainment networks. At the time it was said that discussions had broken down, but a new report from earlier this week claims that those talks have reignited. However, now that the cat's out of the bag, Disney is no longer the only player in the deal. Apparently, Comcast is also interested in making a deal for 21th Century Fox.


According to reporting done by The Wall Street Journal (via Deadline), Disney and 21 Century Fox have renewed their discussion this week for Disney to buy some of Fox's assets. However, any momentum on that deal has to deal with Comcast, who is also looking to make a bid on Fox. Much like Disney, Comcast wants to "explore talks" to buy Fox's movie and TV studio, as well as some of its cable networks, and its stakes in satellite TV provider Sky, Star India, and Hulu. The Fox News channels, Fox Sports, The Fox Broadcasting Co., and local stations would not be included in the sale. Comcast owns NBCUniversal, and it is not permitted for one company to own and operate two broadcast television networks.




With both Disney and Comcast (Sony and Verizon are also reportedly showing interest) looking to make a deal with 21st Century Fox, who Fox decides to proceed with could greatly affect the media landscape and what people watch online. The deal shows how media companies are looking to expand their own streaming libraries to compete in a changing media environment as more people cut their cable cords. Disney, for its part, has already made plans to launch its own streaming service.


The Murdoch family, who own 39% of 21st Century Fox voting shares, will reportedly make a decision on whether to sell, and to whom, by the end of the year.


Should either Comcast or Disney make a deal with Fox, they would acquire Fox's vast library of movies and TV shows. Additionally, they would acquire the Avatar franchise, the X-Men and Fantastic Four movie rights, and the distribution rights to the original versions of the Star Wars films. On the TV side of things, the deal would have to be properly regulated. Disney and Comcast have plenty of overlap with Fox in certain areas, so there would have to be some cave-outs.


It's not yet certain that a deal will go through, but there will likely be new developments before the year is out. Stick with CinemaBlend and we'll keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.
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Disney Is Now Said To Be The Favourite To Acquire 21st Century Fox's Media Assets

Though talks with Comcast are still active, an update on Disney's potential acquisition of Fox's stable of Marvel characters - and a lot more besides - suggests that The Mouse House is the favourite...




Ever since it was first announced that 21st Century Fox might be interested in selling a good chunk of its studio and media assets to Disney, we've all been watching the situation very closely indeed. There is a lot more on the table than just the rights to Fox's roster of Marvel Comics characters, but that's obviously what CBMers are paying most attention to.

We recently reported that talks with both Disney and Comcast resumed, but now Bloomberg has posted an update which suggest that Fox sees The Mouse House as a "better strategic fit with fewer regulatory hurdles."

We still don't know for sure if any deals will be made here, but all signs lead to some kind of official announcement coming very soon one way or the other, so keep an eye out.
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Disney bid for FOX is 60 Billion!
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Disney, Fox Huddle With Bankers as Deal Talks Progress



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More signs that Disney’s acquisition talks with 21st Century Fox are picking up steam: Both companies have set teams of bankers on the case to work out the fine print.
Disney is working with a group that includes JP Morgan and Guggenheim Partners. Both entities have long relationships with Disney.
Fox has Goldman Sachs and Centerview Partners crunching its numbers. Centerview is said to be focused on financial details related to the Fox assets that would not be part of the Disney acquisition. Goldman Sachs and Centerview previously advised Fox on its unsolicited $80 billion bid in 2014 for Time Warner, among other deals.
It is possible that a deal could be struck before Christmas, according to a source close to the matter.
Fox declined to comment. Disney reps did not return a call seeking comment.
Disney is negotiating a deal valued at $74 billion by Bernstein Research analyst Todd Juenger, which he calculated as a 30% premium on the $57.4 billion enterprise value of the assets in question. The assets on the table include the 20th Century Fox film and TV studio, the FX Networks, Nat Geo Channels group, 22 regional sports networks, Fox’s collection of international channels, including Star India, and its 39% stake in Sky. Staying behind would be Fox Broadcasting Co., the 28 Fox O&O TV stations and the national Fox Sports and Fox News operations.


Juenger predicts Disney would spend eventually another $20 billion or so to acquire the remaining stake in Sky. Fox, which owns 39%, is in the middle of trying to buyout Sky but has been held up by the U.K. regulatory review. Disney might have an easier passage through the U.K. approval process.
Like other analysts, Juenger notes that the willingness of the Murdochs to sell cornerstone chunks of the empire that Rupert Murdoch has built during the past half-century is a sobering signal about the trajectory of the traditional entertainment industry.
“Maybe the Murdochs have looked at the future and realized their business is a declining asset, worth more today than it ever will be in the future,” Juenger wrote. “So if you can sell it today, at a premium – do so.”
There’s also speculation about division in the Murdoch clan about the best course going forward. 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch is said to be eyeing a move to Disney if a deal transpires, possibly in the role of managing Sky, Star India and other international assets. Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch is expected to stay on to run the remaining TV assets, which might be recombined under the News Corp. banner with the newspaper and publishing assets that were split off from Fox in 2013.
As for Disney, Juenger observed that the Fox deal is an enormous bet by Disney CEO Bob Iger that getting significantly bigger as a content producer will help it battle the larger issues facing traditional media.
“The businesses that Disney is buying have the same fundamental underlying challenges as all other TV-driven businesses, and the market is valuing them at similar or lower multiples than Disney’s,” Juenger wrote.
But at a time when “scale” is the buzzword for media investors, Disney could be the one old-school media behemoth with the muscle to grow in the face of heightened competition from new entrants such as Netflix, Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook. Juenger likened the dynamic to the competition between Walmart and Amazon.
“Like all brick-and-mortars, Walmart is a victim of Amazon. But Walmart shares have performed extremely well recently, because the market has decided: Walmart is the last/biggest scale player left, Walmart now has a digital strategy, so Walmart will consolidate its power and accrue value,” the analyst wrote. “We think the potential analogy for Disney is obvious. Just insert ‘Netflix’ where we say ‘Amazon,’ and insert ‘Disney’ where we say ‘Walmart.’ ”
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What Fox Assets Would Disney Be Acquiring





The Disney and 20th Century Fox deal is expected to go through tomorrow, but if it does, what exactly is Disney getting?
Disney already owns Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm, and they would only bolster that massive imprint by acquiring 20th Century Fox. That would include all of Fox's film production companies, such as Fox Searchlight and Blue Sky Sutios. It would also include Fox's cable networks such as FX, FXX, and National Geographic (via Mancunion).
It also means Disney might get Fox's 39.14 share of Sky, which is Europe's largest media company with over 21 million subscribers. If Disney wants to get their content in front of more eyes, this is an excellent way to do so.
The big get here, of course, is the film rights, which Disney will get back for its Marvel brand. That means they will acquire the distribution rights for the Fantastic Four as well as the full film rights for the X-Men universe. That would finally allow Disney to integrate the X-Men characters and concepts (like mutants) into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, something fans have expressed interest in seeing for some time.
In regards to the Fantastic Four, the fate of that property is a little murkier than the X-Men. The rights to the Fantastic Four are actually shared by Fox and Constantin, so it remains to be seen if Disney will just outright get all of the rights without some sort of negotiation with Constantin. Disney would still likely get them, as the franchise is anything but hot right now, but it might take some additional discussions.
What is missing in that deal is the core Fox television network. Disney would own the studio, but not the network, so shows like The Gifted and Family Guy could make their way to Disney as well since Fox produces those shows directly.
Final details will be made clear when (or if) the deal is announced, but regardless this deal will change the landscape of superhero films in a big way. It means Marvel fans might finally get a complete cinematic universe, but it will also mean less competition amongst studios in the superhero genre.
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Disney Reportedly Values Fox Assets At $60 Billion




As the deal between Disney and Fox nears its close, reports are coming in that the agreed upon value of the Fox assets being handed over to Disney will be valued at $60 billion.
CNBC further reports that Fox shareholders would own 25% of the Disney, with the deal expected by be announced some time on Thursday.
There will still need to be an ongoing restructuring of management, which is not expected to be announced immediately. Fox will still have its news and sports divisions, while Disney will gain 20th Century Fox film and TV global distribution channel and content assets, in preparation for the launch of the Disney streaming service in 2019.
For comic book movie fans, the biggest point of excitement in this is having Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises merged into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The possibility has been swinging back and forth like a pendulum, as Fox first started talks with Disney, only to move on to Comcast, before Disney re-approached. Now it seems like Marvel fans' dreams are indeed about to come true.
Stay tuned for more on this Fox / Disney deal.
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Disney Acquires 20th Century Fox in Landmark Deal, Now Owns a Bunch of Your Favorite Things







Disney and Fox have officially finalized the monumental deal that could alter the very landscape of the entertainment industry.
The Walt Disney Company announced that will acquire key entertainment assets from 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion deal. This includes the much-debated purchase of 20th Century Fox film studio and TV studio, as well as a few sports assets from 21st Century Fox. Find out all the details of the Disney Fox deal below.

The landmark deal, officially valued at $66.1 billion, was announced early Thursday morning, according to Deadline. In addition to the prolific 20th Century Fox film studio, Disney will also acquire the independent film company Fox Searchlight, the FX and National Geographic channels, and Fox’s regional sports networks. Fox will retain Fox News, the Fox broadcast network, and Fox Sports 1, which will be consolidated into a new independent company. Beyond that, Disney will double its stakes in Hulu to 60% thanks to the acquisition of Fox. Disney will also gain a 39% stake in U.K. satellite television provider Sky. The deal allows Fox shareholders to have a stake in the new company, as well as shares of Disney.
Alongside the deal, Disney also announced that Disney CEO Bob Iger would remain in his position through 2021. In an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Iger said the deal will give Disney a “much larger international footprint” and enable it to “use cutting-edge technology and we know how important that is in this world.”
The Disney-Fox deal appears to be larger than any previous Disney acquisition deal combined.
Re-upping this: it's not just Disney's biggest deal. It's bigger than all prior Disney deals, put together.
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20th Century Fox joins the roster of major entertainment companies that Disney has under its wing, including Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Studios, as well as TV networks ABC and ESPN. That’s right — that means that the X-Men superhero properties can now officially join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was a major selling point for many fans who were closely watching the deal unfold over the past few weeks. There are still no details on whether The Fantastic Four are included in this deal, due to the property’s complicated history with its movie rights. With the MCU reaching a major turning point soon with the upcoming Avengers 4, it offers a handy fresh start for new superhero franchises to be added to the cinematic universe.
However, the deal also expands Disney’s influence over the entertainment industry significantly. With 20th Century Fox and major TV assets from Fox under its jurisdiction, Disney threatens to establish a very real monopoly over the entertainment industry. The deal all but eliminates one of six major studios competing with Disney, allowing Disney control of about one-third of the movie industry, as well as giving the company significant gains in other fields like streaming and digital media. The addition of 20th Century Fox’s vast collection of films could strengthen the streaming service that Disney is planning to launch to compete with Netflix, which will already include Star Wars and Marvel properties.
There’s no way of predicting how Disney will use its heightened influence. There have been troubling reports of the company strong-arming entertainment-related organizations or the press, but the intense scrutiny over this deal could motivate Disney to tread carefully. So while you giddily watch a new Wolverine meet the Avengers, be aware of the pros and cons of the Disney-Fox deal.
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X-Men, Fantastic Four And Deadpool Reuniting With Marvel Family Specifically Called Out In Disney And Fox Deal Announcement





The landmark deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox has officially gone through, and Marvel can finally throw a big welcome party for some of it's biggest characters.
Disney's acquisition presents plenty of positives for both companies, but Marvel Studios benefits the most without a doubt. That is made clear several times in Disney's official press release, including early on when the house of mouse highlights a few returning heroes (via BusinessWire).
"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."


While Marvel Studios greatly benefits from the purchase, Disney made it clear that fans and stockholders do as well, thanks to the huge crossover potential between the franchises now that they are under one roof.
"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 addition of Avatar to its family of films also promises expanded opportunities for consumers to watch and experience storytelling within these extraordinary fantasy worlds."
Walt Disney Company chairman and chief executive officer Robert A. Iger is excited about the possibilities, and sees a plethora of benefits for the company moving forward.
“We’re honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building, and we’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to significantly increase our portfolio of well-loved franchises and branded content to greatly enhance our growing direct-to-consumer offerings," Iger said. "The deal will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer world-class storytelling and innovative distribution platforms to more consumers in key markets around the world.”
All of this means that fans will finally get a complete Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this really couldn't come at a better time for Marvel. The initial era of the MCU is coming to a close with Avengers 4, and now there are a host of new possibilities for Phase 4 and beyond. The only remaining character not under the Marvel umbrella is Spider-Man (housed at Sony), but the companies already worked out a deal that allows Spidey in the MCU.


It seems the future for Marvel fans is bright indeed.
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X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX Canceled? Here Are All The Possible Ramifications Of The Fox/Disney Deal

Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets was made official today and Deadpool, the Fantastic Four, and X-Men are coming to the MCU. However, the ramifications of this deal stretch far beyond that.


It's been coming for a while but this morning saw Disney send out a press release confirming that they've purchased a number of 21st Century Fox's assets. For comic book fans, the most exciting thing about that is the fact that it means characters from the worlds of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool will now be able to join The Avengers and company in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

However, this deal is going to have some major ramifications for both the MCU and the Marvel movies Fox has released and has on the way over the next few years. Here, we take an in-depth look at what some of those might be and it's fair to say that things will never be the same again as the House of Mouse just became even more powerful in the world of superhero movies and Hollywood as a whole.

Avengers 4 Gets A Rewrite

When Marvel Studios realised they could bring Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War, the movie underwent last-minute rewrites to bring the wall-crawler into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers 4 is currently well into shooting so we can forget about too many alterations being made but don't be surprised if there's some sort of mention of the mutant gene thrown into the mix.

Whether that comes about as a result of the Infinity Gauntlet or is just casually mentioned remains to be seen but an after-credits scene could very well even pay a visit to the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters even if it's just a shot of the school being opened by a bald man whose face is never shown. Whatever happens, I would definitely expect some sort of reference to the X-Men here.

A Lot Of Cancelled Movies


There are a lot of casualties of this deal and some fans will probably be upset by that while others may be relieved. As we've mentioned, there's no way X-Men: Dark Phoenix is getting a sequel, while that Logan spinoff revolving around X-23 is now as good as dead. The same goes for X-Force - for now, at least - and Deadpool 3 has probably been put on ice for the time being as well.

That long delayed Gambit movie starring Channing Tatum is also finally dead, while James Franco's plans for a Multiple Man movie can be forgotten about as well. Oh, and Josh Boone is never going to be able to make that New Mutants sequel he's talked so much about! On the Fantastic Four side of things, Doctor Doom's spinoff can be forgotten about as can that Fantastic Four movie from the point of view of Franklin and Valeria Richards. These ideas could live on in other forms but don't bank on it.

More MCU Movies Get Delayed



When Marvel Studios made a deal with Sony Pictures to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a couple of big upcoming releases got delayed to make room for the wall-crawler. Now that Kevin Feige has so many new franchises and characters to play with, we can probably expect to see some MCU stalwarts get the short end of the stick to make room for the X-Men!

That's not the end of the world, of course, but with fans anxious to see the likes of Doctor Strange 2, another Thor film, and follow-ups to upcoming releases like Black Panther and Captain Marvel, we may have to brace ourselves to wait a little longer for the return of familiar faces after the introduction of so many new ones. Then again, this is the X-Men and Fantastic Four we're talking about!

Ryan Reynolds Walks Away From Deadpool


It's interesting that the press release announcing the Fox deal mentioned Deadpool separately from the X-Men but that's no doubt a result of the character finding so much success on his own. Now that it's been confirmed that the Merc with the Mouth is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's possible the studio will want to move the character into a PG-13 setting and that could prove to be problematic for Ryan Reynolds as the actor has had a lot of creative control with the franchise so far.

As a result, we could see him decide to walk away from the character he's made such a sensation but it is, of course, feasible that Disney will commit to making R-Rated Marvel movies after witnessing the success of Deadpool and Logan. That wouldn't stop the character from being part of the MCU but just means that we may not see quite so many cameo appearances from big franchise names.

Doctor Doom Becomes The MCU's New Big Bad


There have been conflicting reports about whether the Fantastic Four would be bundled with the X-Men but today's press release confirmed that. Whether or not the team will get a movie of their own in the near future remains to be seen but Kevin Feige is no doubt going to be quick in utilising characters like the Silver Surfer and Galactus (he once offered Fox the chance to keep Daredevil in return for being able to use those two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

Regardless of what becomes of Reed Richard and company, though, I think it's fair to say that Doctor Doom has all the makings of a new big bad after Thanos. Sure, he's tried to that foursome in a very important way but it's about time the villain is done justice on the big screen and there's no one better than Marvel Studios to achieve that. Doom vs. The Avengers would be very cool to see.

The Emergence Of The Mutant Gene Starts Sooner Than We Think


There may not have been a mention of the X-Men or mutants in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before now but it won't be hard for that to change. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 would be the perfect place for a couple of the youngster's classmates to be exposed as mutants while there are plenty of bad guys in his rogues gallery who could have their origin stories tweaked somewhat.

Rather controversially, Marvel could even make Spider-Man a mutant, revealing that the gene lay dormant in him before he was bitten by that radioactive spider and granted spectacular abilities.

My gut tells me that the emergence of the mutant gene will be tied to some sort of world-altering event (Thanos' invasion, for example) but it's every bit as likely that mutants have simply been in hiding over the years just as they were before the X-Men went public in the comic books.

The X-Men Never Get To Reach The Millennium


Ever since X-Men: First Class was released, the franchise has jumped ahead a decade with each subsequent instalment. Well, there's no way a sequel to X-Men: Dark Phoenix is ever being made now so that means we can forget about seeing the current iteration of this team in the 2000s. Is that a big deal? Not really but it obviously means that a lot of stories in the X-Men Universe will never be told.

The downside of that is that we lose actors like Tye Sheridan, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy but Marvel is great at casting so can no doubt find some good alternatives.


X-Men: Dark Phoenix = Cancelled

X-Men: Dark Phoenix finished shooting not too long ago and while the movie was recently the subject of an Entertainment Weekly cover story, it's entirely possible Disney will just scrap it and that it will never see the light of day. That may seem like a tremendous waste of money but the post-production process has only just started and the studio might be happier doing that than releasing a subpar Simon Kinberg X-Men movie which sours fans on the characters before they enter the MCU.

After all, if the presence of mutants is first going to be teased in Avengers 4, Marvel Studios won't want X-Men: Dark Phoenix hitting theaters five months beforehand, confusing people as to what comes next for the heroes. Ultimately, this one depends on how good the movie is because it could be used as a sendoff for the current iteration of the franchise or possibly even released straight to home video.
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Fan Creates the Avengers vs X-Men Teaser Poster We All Want to See





Disney's purchase of Fox has finally made an Avengers vs. X-Men movie possible, prompting fan designs of the unannounced film's logo.
Graphic designer BossLogic is among the first to make a proper fan-logo for what would be one of the most anticipated films in comic book movie history, mashing up the Avengers and X-Men logos to tease the showdown. Of course, the Marvel Studios logo hangs proudly above it, as all of the characters can now legally be controlled by Kevin Feige's creative vision.
Check out the image from BossLogic below!
Of course, the logo suggests a 2020 release date for an Avengers vs. X-Men movie is very wishful thinking. The X-Men will have to be thoroughly established in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in order for such a film to have an impact with fans invested in its characters. That said, never producing such a film would be a heartbreaking missed opportunity.
"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," the announcement of Fox and Disney's deal read.
"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 addition of Avatar to its family of films also promises expanded opportunities for consumers to watch and experience storytelling within these extraordinary fantasy worlds."
The X-Men franchise still has a number of films on the horizon independent of Disney's creative control, with a Deadpool sequel, The Dark Phoenix, and New Mutants on the way in 2018. 2018 also includes a trio of Marvel Studios films as Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and The Wasp are set to be released.
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Here's an Infographic of Who Owns What Marvel Characters Now




Marvel character rights have been a tricky thing to keep track of, ever since Marvel Comics sold of the rights to live-action usage of their characters to various movie studios in the '90s. Thankfully, we've had a helpful infographic by The Geek Twins to give us an easy visual breakdown of who own all the various Marvel Comics characters - timely info to have, after the recent Fox/Disney deal:
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This chart has actually been around for a quite awhile; it's been regularly updated as ownership rights have changed hands over years. Needless to say, the additional circles that used to branch out from the main Marvel Studios hub have steadily been pruned away - especially since Disney has stepped into the picture.
As for the remaining holdouts? Universal's remaining share of the Hulk franchise or Namor character rights are going nowhere any time soon. It's only Sony's Spider-Man spinoff universe that has a shot at box office success, and if films like the upcoming Venom are successful, it's just more incentive for Marvel Studios to open the door wider and let those characters play in their sandbox.
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Disney Now Completely Owns Star Wars Thanks To Fox Deal





Disney and 21st Century Fox's landmark deal heavily benefits Marvel, but you might be surprised at what Star Wars also gets out of the deal.
Disney has already developed quite a few films since acquiring Lucasfilm back in 2012, which it purchased for $4 billion dollars. While that gave it pretty much everything in the Star Wars landscape, it did not include the original theatrical versions of the original Star Wars films, which were held by 20th Century Fox. Disney owned the digitally remastered versions of the films, but not the original ones.
With the deal now officially in place those rights now move over to Disney, completing its ownership of Star War assets. You can bet that Disney won't ignore that fact, and will probably get around to re-releasing them at some point in the future.
As for what else went down in the massive deal, you can reference the image above.
In the official announcement, Walt Disney Company chairman and chief executive officer Robert A. Iger expressed his excitement at the deal's potential.
“The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,” Iger said. “We’re honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building, and we’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to significantly increase our portfolio of well-loved franchises and branded content to greatly enhance our growing direct-to-consumer offerings. The deal will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer world-class storytelling and innovative distribution platforms to more consumers in key markets around the world.”
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Deadpool Creator Rob Liefeld Addresses Disney's Plan for R-Rated Marvel Movies





Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is known for being pretty outspoken about how his creations get used by in live-action movies from big studios, so of course he has something to say the Disney acquiring 21st Century Fox, which will allow Deadpool to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Right now, fans are concerned that Disney's family-friendly brand will kill the more adult-themed comic book movies like Deadpool and Logan that Fox has been releasing lately. However, Liefeld doesn't seem to share that concern, as had the following to say to Comicbook.com, when we reached out to get his thoughts on the matter:
"[Disney CEO] Bob Iger didn’t deliver this unprecedented level of historic success for Disney by accident. This man gets it. He understands the culture and more importantly he understands the concerns of the fans. Addressing the Deadpool issue right out of the gate gets high marks and in all honesty, why would they mess with the success that Ryan Reynolds has achieved as Deadpool? The next person I encounter that tells me they want a neutered version of Ryan’s Deadpool will be the first person to express that to me. So smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base."
Liefeld is referring to Bob Igers early statements to investors of the Fox/Disney deal announcement. Iger was proactive about getting ahead of fan fears, assuring that Disney is already considering how to create a brand of R-Rated Marvel movies, with specific mention of Deadpool as a reason why.
On a geekier level, Marvel fans are also preoccupied with a second imediate question: How can the X-Men and Fantastic Four be introduced to the MCU? It's a question that Liefeld is definitely pondering as well, and he seems quite excited about seeing how Marvel Studios delivers:
"I can’t wait to see how Deadpool will eventually be inserted into the greater Marvel Pantheon. I’m sure Bob Iger and Kevin Feige have some great tricks up their sleeves. Exciting times!”
Right now, Ryan Reynolds and Co. are working on the sequel film, Untitled Deadpool Sequel, which will hit theaters next summer in very "Un-Disney" fashion. It will be great to see how the Deadpool filmmakers incorporate the new Disney merger into the film's system of jokes and meta-references - because you know it's coming.
As for the X-Men joining the MCU? Well, upcoming films like Deadpool and/or X-Men: Dark Phoenix may provide the perfect opportunity...
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How Deadpool’s Creator Feels About Disney Keeping The Character R-Rated







The big news today was the official announcement of the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, but the future of Deadpool was a major conversation within that story. The foul-mouthed antihero has become phenomenally popular since the launch of his solo movie, but there was great concern that he would no longer be able to remain an R-rated character in the hands of Disney. Concerns were quickly put to rest by studio CEO Bob Iger, and it could be said that few were happier about this than Rob Liefeld:

[Disney CEO] Bob Iger didn't deliver this unprecedented level of historic success for Disney by accident. This man gets it. He understands the culture and more importantly he understands the concerns of the fans. Addressing the Deadpool issue right out of the gate gets high marks and in all honesty, why would they mess with the success that Ryan Reynolds has achieved as Deadpool?


Rob Liefeld, who co-introduced Deadpool to Marvel Comics along with Fabian Nicieza back in 1992, has been very outspoken about the character's place in pop culture, and during an interview with ComicBook.com he expressed happiness about the merger news and the Merc With The Mouth's place within in. A few weeks ago he was critical of the notion, fearing that the potential of Deadpool and the upcoming X-Force wouldn't be seen by Disney, but it seems his fears have been allayed by Bob Iger's comments.


Up until now, Marvel Studios has been a big extension of the Walt Disney Company's family friendly vibe, and Bob Iger went on the record after the successful release of Deadpool saying that the company had no immediate interest in making an R-rated blockbuster. The merger with 21st Century Fox clearly changes the conversation, however, now making the big question more about how these adult-oriented properties can be branded (Bob Iger may want to do some research into the Marvel Max imprint)


No matter what the future holds regarding possible R-rated superhero movies, nobody wants to see a PG-13 Deadpool feature following the success of his 2016 solo hit. Rob Liefeld said as much in his statement about the merger, saying,

The next person I encounter that tells me they want a neutered version of Ryan [Reynolds]' Deadpool will be the first person to express that to me. So smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base.
Release schedules aren't expected to be impacted by the Disney-Fox merger, which means that fans can still expect to see the hotly anticipated and still-untitled Deadpool 2 in theaters on June 1, 2018. Exactly when we'll start to see him merge into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe is a question that doesn't currently have an answer.
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These Are All The Movie And Television Franchises Disney Has Acquired From 21st Century Fox

It's not just all about Deadpool, the X-Men, and Fantastic Four, you know! Disney now owns a lot of different film and television properties and you can find each and every one of them after the jump...




As you no doubt already know, the deal between Disney and Fox is now 100% official. It might be a while before we get to see any significant changes take place but this is a game changer for Hollywood and makes Disney one of the most powerful companies on the planet. Of course, seeing as the studio is looking to launch a streaming service to rival Netflix, this sort of thing was inevitably going to happen.

While most of us have been focused on the fact that this deal means the X-Men and Fantastic Four will return home to Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, those characters most definitely aren't the only reason Disney decided to move forward with acquiring 21st Century Fox's many assets.

So, which other film and television franchises do Disney now hold the rights to? More than you probably imagined! From reboots to theme park rides and new merchandise, you'd best believe we'll see these take centre stage over the next few years, while others may be destined for the scrapheap.

Alien



Many fans believe Sir Ridley Scott has run this franchise into the ground after Prometheus and Alien: Covenant but the filmmaker is now planning on putting the focus on androids as opposed to Xenomorphs. Whether or not Disney will give him that opportunity is another matter.

Star Wars: A New Hope



Before today, Disney owned every Star Wars movie besides A New Hope. Now, the entire franchise belongs to the House of Mouse and you'd best believe that's opened the door to us finally getting the original theatrical versions - minus George Lucas' tampering - on DVD and Blu-ray.

24



It was recently revealed that Fox is planning to reboot the 24 franchise with a new female lead in what feels like a pretty desperate attempt to keep the now Jack Bauer-less franchise going even after 24: Legacy failed to resonate with critics and viewers. Maybe now we'll get a movie?

Planet Of The Apes



War for the Planet of the Apes didn't perform quite as well as expected but Matt Reeves' final instalment of this trilogy was nothing short of excellent. There are many ways this franchise could continue but it seems perfectly suited to Disney, especially in regards to their theme parks.

The Simpsons



The Simpsons may be a Fox stalwart but there's no way they're going anywhere. The franchise may not be as popular as it once was but Disney can continue to exploit the characters in terms of merchandise, theme parks, and on the big and small screens for many years to come.

Die Hard



The Die Hard franchise is currently dormant despite talks of a new take being launched with Bruce Willis. Chances are the series will never return to its former glory but there are a lot of mediums it has potential on, particularly television if it were to be handled the right way.

Independence Day



Independence Day: Resurgence was an awful, awful film but that doesn't mean there's not still hope for this franchise. I'm not sure what direction it could be taken in next but it would be a shame to leave it alone for another twenty years so here's hoping Disney has some ideas!

Kingsman



Kingsman: The Golden Circle may not have taken off in the same way as its predecessor but the R-Rated movie was still a hit and talented filmmaker Matthew Vaughn still has plenty ideas for a third instalment. That's no doubt going to happen at some point in the near future.

Family Guy



Family Guy frequently flirts with controversy and that may make the family-friendly Disney uncomfortable. The show is no longer a ratings or critical darling, so this one being wrapped up somewhere down the line probably wouldn't be all that surprising unless changes are made.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer



That's right, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now a Disney princess! Despite the popularity of the TV series, the franchise has been left alone since it ended but if the studio is looking to crack into a new market - specifically teenage girls - we could see her make her return very soon.

The X-Files



It was recently revealed that The X-Files will return for a second season since making its return to Fox and there's no reason to suspect that Disney would change that. Sure, the franchise probably isn't in its heyday but the revival attracted a decent enough audience.

Avatar



Disney recently opened Avatar Land so you just know they're rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of keeping all the merchandise money to themselves! Throw in the fact that James Cameron is working on a series of sequels and the studio is very happy right now.

Predator



A new take on the Predator franchise is currently in the works from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and common sense says that if that's a box office hit, we'll be getting a sequel. You just have to hope Disney resists the urge to make another Alien vs. Predator movie!

Ice Age



The Ice Age franchise has arguably outstayed its welcome thanks to all those underwhelming sequels but that doesn't mean Disney Animation can't redeem the property. Handled the right way, an Ice Age reboot stands the chance of sitting alongside some of the studio's best animated efforts.

Wolverine



Yes, Wolverine is part of the X-Men but the character has found great success as a solo star over the years, so it's highly likely that Disney will launch a new PG-13 movie revolving around the clawed mutant at the same time his teammates are given the spotlight in the MCU.

Goosebumps



It was only this week that we learned the Goosebumps sequel has landed a director and while it's possible Disney will want to take things in a slightly different direction, there's absolutely no reason to believe that the family-friendly franchise won't continue for theforseeable future.

And The Rest...



9-1-1
American Dad
American Horror Story
Cocoon
Deadpool

Doctor Dolittle
Empire
Fantastic Four
Fargo
The Fly
Fresh Off the Boat
Futurama
Ghosted
The Gifted
Home Alone
Homeland
The Last Man on Earth
LA to Vegas
Life in Pieces
M*A*S*H
The Mick
Night at the Museum
The Omen
The Orville
The Peanuts Movie
The Resident
Rio
Romancing the Stone
Speechless
Star
This Is Us
X-Men
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These Are All The Marvel Movies And TV Shows Disney Will Probably Cancel After Buying Fox

With the Marvel characters owned by Fox now set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's obvious that a lot of upcoming projects will never see the light of day. Here are the suspected casualties...




It's going to take around twelve to eighteen months for the Disney/Fox deal to be signed, sealed, and delivered but the signs are currently all pointing to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool all entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's a very big deal for comic book fans but while Fox's Marvel movies have been divisive, a lot of people are upset that their slate is now going to vanish.

Between film and television, there are an awful lot of projects already either on the way or in various stages of production and while it's going to be business as usual for a while at Fox, most will never see the light of day. What you'll find here then is a look at all of those and what we believe does - or actually doesn't - come next for them. Needless to say, fans of these characters may shed a tear...

Gambit



What a storied production Gambit has had! The movie was supposed to be released in October 2016 but has lost a number of directors and gone through multiple rewrites. Now, Gore Verbinski is expected to take the helm with production kicking off early next year. However, while it's going to be business as usual at Fox for the time being, it's hard to imagine cameras ever rolling on this spinoff.

X-23



The death of Wolverine means we're never going to get a Logan sequel but the popularity of Laura means that tentative plans were being put in place for the spotlight to be put on X-23 in a spinoff. With Fox no doubt reluctant to recast Wolverine (following Hugh Jackman will be no easy feat for any actor), this would have been a great direction to take things in but THR says it's been scrapped!

The Gifted



The show hasn't exactly been a ratings hit for FOX and while Marvel will more than likely want to keep bringing characters from the worlds of the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the small screen, it wouldn't be remotely surprising to see this series brought to a swift end after its first season wraps up.

Doctor Doom



There were a lot of big announcements at this year's Comic-Con but perhaps the most surprising came when Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley revealed that he's working on a Doctor Doom movie. Villain-led releases have become all the rage in recent years and this one definitely would have had potential thanks to Hawley's involvement. Despite that, it probably won't be missed.

X-Force



Drew Goddard was hired to write and direct X-Force earlier this year and while it sounds like Disney will leave the Deadpool franchise R-Rated, the studio will probably want to put the brakes on any further sequels or spinoffs until they've figured out how to integrate the Merc with the Mouth into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what direction the character will be taken in moving forward.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2



There have been rumblings that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be a two-part movie but regardless of whether or not that's the case, you have to believe that Fox was planning to have this franchise continue in some form. The next instalment would probably have jumped ahead to the 2000s but seeing as the next movie has only just entered post-production, we'll be lucky to even see that one hit theaters!

Legion



Disney also nabbed FX when they purchased Fox's assets and while the series from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley has been a critical darling, it never really took off in terms of ratings and despite the fact that a second season is in the works, it would be a shock now to ever see it happen.

Multiple Man



Last month, it was revealed that James Franco is developing an R-Rated Multiple Man movie which may sound bizarre on the surface but clearly has a lot of potential. After all, an actor like Franco bringing various versions of the same mutant to life and acting alongside himself would be a lot of fun but there's no way this is going to be a priority for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios moving forward.

Fantastic Four



While 2015's Fantastic Four reboot was a flop, Fox was determined to keep the franchise alive and that would have involved the next instalment going down a very different route. According to multiple sources, the plan was for this one to take place from the point of view of Franklin and Valeria Richards, a stark contrast to Josh Trank's grim take. However, Marvel Studios will now want to reboot the team.

New Mutants 2 & 3



Josh Boone has made no secret of the fact that he wants to tell the story of the New Mutants over an entire trilogy but the likelihood of him getting the chance to do so seems slim. The movie being a critical and commercial hit could help his cause but we should probably prepare ourselves for never getting the opportunity to see the likes of Magik and Cannonball develop into actual superheroes.

Deadpool Animated Series



This animated series is being developed by Donald Glover and is set to debut next year so there's no reason to think that's going to change. Marvel TV has been heavily involved in its production and its unrelated to the movie so the show won't interfere with Disney's plans for Wade Wilson at all.
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With The Disney/Fox Merger Not Expected To Pass Regulations For 12-18 Months, Here's What To Expect

While Disney may have reached an agreement with 21st Century Fox to acquire their film and tv assets last Thursday, it's now been revealed that it could be well over a year before the X-Men join the MCU.




Last weekend, Varietyconfirmed reports that top Democrats on the Senate and House antitrust subcommittees would indeed be holding hearings for The Walt Disney Company's recent proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox's film and tv studios, cable networks, and regional sports channels.

A hearing date hasn't been scheduled just yet, but an official announcement is expected to happen sooner rather than later. Also, while no one is entirely sure when the regulatory process will be completed, both companies were already expecting it to last somewhere between 12 to 18 months, which is a similar timeframe to the Time Warner & AT&T merger that has been in the works since October 2016. Experts don't expect Disney/Fox to run into the same complications due to the nature of their deal, but there is growing concern about this being a "monopoly moment" since “If it’s approved, this merger could allow Disney to limit what consumers can watch and increase their cable bills. Disney will gain more than 300 channels, 22 regional sports networks, control over Hulu, and a significant portion of Roku.” Despite this, Disney CEO Robert Iger maintains the merger will actually prove to be extremely beneficial to consumers as the House of Mouse continues to build their new streaming service.

During this 12 to 18 month period, it should be business as usual for both Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox as they continue to work on their respective film and television slates while their lawyers work toward getting the deal finalized. However, for comic book movie fans, this means it may be well over a year before the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four actually make their way into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Coincidentally, Avengers 4 opens in just under 18 months (17 months to be exact), so if/when the deal does pass regulations, a Phase 4 introduction for some of Marvel's finest seems more probable than not, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Remember, it's not a matter of if the deal will get approved - it will - it's about when. Disney currently has no say in Fox's operations and cannot interfere while the deal is under review, so Fox will continue to operate as a full-fledged studio. They will get several movies, including at least two, maybe three, X-Men movies, into production before the end of 2018 and as long as that happens, they'll be released in 2019/2020.

Now, while there's certainly a possibility that the deal will pass regulators long before the end of the 2018 calendar year with little interference, assuming that it does end up taking some time, here's a list of everything we can (probably) still expect to see happen between now and the end of 2019.

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The New Mutants



We've already received a teaser trailer and poster for this long-gestating spinoff, so unless something completely out of the ordinary happens, then expect to see The New Mutants make their debut in theaters this coming April.

Deadpool 2 (Deadpool: The Second Coming?)



Just like The New Mutants before it, David Leitch's Deadpool 2, which may be titled Deadpool: The Second Coming, is pretty much ready to go and with the marketing campaign already starting to pick up some steam, it'd be a complete shocker if something were to happen to derail this film's release, so get ready for more Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) this June.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix



As far as comic book movies go, X-Men: Dark Phoenix had one of the quietest productions we've ever seen, wrapping filming on-schedule over the summer with very little fanfare. Now, while having first-time director Simon Kinberg at the helm may be cause for concern, the early word from the cast and crew has been pretty good with many seemingly preferring his vision and style over X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer.

We're almost definitely going to see this one in theaters next Fall and unless the rumored sequel does go into production during the first half of 2018, it may ultimately prove to be the final core X-Men film. If the deal does become final before the end of the year, it wouldn't be entirely surprising if this film was altered ever so slightly to make some sort of segue into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although that's probably a longshot at best.

Legion (Season 2 and beyond)



Legion
was the first small-screen collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Marvel Television (Disney) and thanks to Noah Hawley's involvement, it turned into one of the best shows of 2017 as well. The series has already been renewed for a second season, which is currently filming, so expect to see a lot more of Dan Stevens' brilliant portrayal of David Haller next year.

As for Season 3 and beyond, an early renewal isn't out of the question when the show returns in the Spring and with FX Networks and its respective catalog being a big factor in Disney's decision to pursue this deal in the first place, it's more likely than not that they'll want to keep one of the network's most successful shows on the air for years to come.

The Gifted (Season 2 and beyond)



While it's a little concerning that FOX has yet to extend and/or renew their hit X-Men drama, we should still expect a second season announcement when the freshman season wraps up at the top of next year. The ratings and critical reception have both been pretty solid and should warrant a renewal. Also, considering that The Gifted - just like Legion - is co-produced by Marvel Television, there's probably a good chance that Disney will want to keep the series on-air once they finish their acquisition of FOX TV.

Gambit



Whether you want to believe it or not, Gambit is happening and it was just recently confirmed that production will commence in March with a release date set for Valentine's Day 2019. Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is directing with Channing Tatum (Logan Lucky) & Lizzy Caplan (The Interview) set to star. Plot details remain under wraps, but it has been described on multiple occasions as a "sexy, heist thriller," which should make it another interesting adult-oriented entry in the X-Men cinematic universe, following Deadpool and Logan.

The future, however, remains murky as the film may ultimately prove to just be a fun one-off that's erased from continuity when the X-Men do join the Marvel Cinematic Universe - unless, of course, Feige has plans to actually merge the two universes rather than reboot.

X-Force



With the upcoming arrival of Deadpool 2, fans have never been closer to the long-rumored X-Force movie, but now that the House of Mouse has entered the picture, 20th Century Fox's entire R-rated Marvel movie slate has been thrown into a state of flux. However, despite all that, there's still a decent chance we get to see X-Force go into production sooner rather than later.

Back in October, Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), who signed a four-picture deal to play Cable, revealed that he expected to begin filming X-Force at some point in 2018, strongly suggesting that it would likely start principal photography around the same time Deadpool 2 hit theaters and also after director Drew Goddard wrapped his upcoming thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, which is slated to begin filming in January. Based on this information, it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that, if the plan is for X-Force to begin production in Summer 2018, it could then occupy the June 7, 2019 date that has already been booked for a Marvel/Fox film.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix - Part 2



This is arguably the biggest wildcard on Fox's upcoming Marvel slate as while it hasn't necessarily been confirmed by anyone at the studio, Psylocke actress Olivia Munn and members of the crew have both inadvertently revealed that they are expected back in Montreal during the first quarter of 2018. Also, it is just a little coincidental that 20th Century Fox has already slated an Untitled X-Men Film for November 22, 2019 - exactly one year after X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters.

If this film does happen, then it may actually serve as a definitive finale for the X-Men film franchise before their introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although there are other possibilites on the table as well. One of these possibilities - and I'm just speculating here - is that a potential Dark Phoenix sequel could actually serve as the bridge between the MCU and the X-Men since it will have likely completed filming before the deal passed regulations, but probably won't release till long after the ink was dry. Also, with Logan, Legion, and The Gifted all strongly hinting toward something horrible happening to the X-Men between 1992 and 2017, it wouldn't be too hard for the collective Marvel Studios braintrust to work that into the mutants' inevitable introduction in the MCU as they could have disappeared long before The Avengers came to be.

Regardless, this film remains a big question mark, but if it does ultimately end up happening, then I'd expect it to be the last core X-Men film produced and distributed solely by 20th Century Fox. This means we'll probably see Wolverine and company join their Marvel brethren in the MCU at some point in 2020, if not sooner.

Multiple Man



A movie centered on James Madrox, a.k.a. Multiple Man, was probably not very high on anyone's wishlist, but with top-level talent like the Academy Award-nominated James Franco (Spider-Man) attached, it could very well be another very interesting addition to 20th Century Fox's R-rated Marvel catalog.

Last we heard, Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg was penning the script, so if he gets his draft turned in relatively soon, there's an outside shot that we could actually see this movie go into production before the end of next year.

Deadpool: The Animated Series



Marvel Television and FX Productions jointly announced this project in May and it's already been confirmed for a 10-episode first season in 2018, so there's a very good chance that fans will definitely see this on their small-screens at some point in the new year.

Plus, it has Golden Globe-winner Donald Glover (Atlanta) onboard as a co-showrunner with his brother, which is more than enough reason to give the show a chance.

X-23



After Dafne Keen's incredible performance in Logan, an X-23 solo feature jumped to the top of many wishlists and fans were delighted to learn this past October that director James Mangold had already begun developing a script alongside X-23 creator Craig Kyle. Producer Simon Kinberg even revealed that there were plans to introduce her in future X-Men movies as the obvious successor to Hugh Jackman's iconic Wolverine.

However, now that Jackman is retired and Wolverine is on the verge of being recast for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's uncertain what will become of this project. Her introduction to the MCU wouldn't have the same impact without Jackman's Wolverine, unless, of course, there's some major retconning and/or Cable-related time travel involved.

New Mutants 2 (& 3)



While we'll definitely see The New Mutants in April, it's a little unclear what will happen to the expected second and third chapters in Josh Boone's planned superhero horror trilogy.

If the first one is a runaway critical and commercial success, then it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that Marvel Studios would try to incorporate New Mutants 2 & 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but then again, there's no guarantee that will happen.

Kingsman 3



This isn't a Marvel movie, meaning it doesn't have to fit into any larger universe, so there's really no reason why it won't happen. Both director Matthew Vaughn and star Taron Egerton have already expressed interest in doing a trilogy capper and recent reports have even suggested that Vaughn may have already begun planning it. However, if Vaughn lands the Man of Steel 2 job, it's uncertain which project would take priority.

Also, they still need to find a relatively logical way to resurrect Roxy (Sophie Cookson), a.k.a. Lancelot, so that should be more than enough reason to do a sequel.

As for the rumored Statesman spinoff(s), we may need to pump the brakes on those for now.

Avatar 2 & 3 (and maybe 4 & 5)



James Cameron is currently filming Avatar 2 and is expected to film its three sequels in succession over the course of the next several years, but by the time of release in 2020, 2021, 2024, and 2025, respectively, the films will almost definitely be released under the Disney banner.

Bob Iger did specifically namedrop the franchise as one he was excited to acquire, so it's probable that they'll continue to let Cameron do his thing, but then again, if audiences don't take to Avatar 2 and 3, there's no guarantee what would happen to the final two chapters.

Doctor Doom



This was arguably one of the most exciting developments to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year as we learned that Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley was working on a Doctor Doom solo feature, which he planned to direct.

Since it is probably in the very early stages of development, this project could unfortunately be one of the casualties when Disney completes the acquisition, although it could also serve as the potential introduction of the Fantastic Four - or, at least, Doctor Doom - to the Marvel Cinematic Universe if Feige were to get creative with his solo features.

Alien: Covenant 2 (Alien: Awakening?)



While there's plenty of reason to believe that this sequel won't happen, especially after Alien: Covenant's disappointing box office, director Ridley Scott has seemed fairly undeterred about a sequel. He even recently came out during the All the Money in the World press tour and pretty much confirmed that he was making another one, but we have yet to hear any further updates, save for the fact that Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride are expected to reprise their roles.

To add fuel to the fire, our friends over at Omega Underground recently uncovered a Summer 2018 production start date for a film titled Alien: Awakening, but it's unclear whether the studio plans on sticking to that schedule.

Alpha Flight



As far as we know, an Alpha Flight movie is a long ways away and despite a clever Easter Egg spotted in some Deadpool 2 set photos, it's highly unlikely we see this film go into production before the X-Men franchise heads over to Marvel Studios.

Exiles



Same deal for Exiles. It's increasingly unlikely we see this project see the light of day. Also, with The Gifted essentially introducing Polaris (Emma Dumont), Blink (Jamie Chung), Thunderbird (Blair Redford), and Eclipse (Sean Teale) as their own version of the Exiles, it'd be a shocker if we see the superhero team on the big screen anytime soon unless Feige has plans for several different team-up movies in Phase 4 and beyond.

Fantastic Four (Reboot)



Yeah, it's doubtful 20th Century Fox takes another crack at the Richards family before the acquision is completed, so might as well just start looking ahead to their long-awaited introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oh and get ready for Silver Surfer, Kang the Conquerer, Galactus, and more to join them!

Deadpool 3



In a surprising reveal, Disney CEO Bob Iger shared that he was very open to keeping Deadpool and his shenanigans R-rated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so if he stays true to his word, it's very possible that we see Ryan Reynolds continue to reprise his role under the Disney banner for a third installment in his blockbuster franchise.

We'll just have to wait and see though.
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