Earlier this month, it was reported that Disney had made a move to try and acquire 21st Century Fox, the entertainment arm of the Fox company. Though no deal was reached, the news was of particular interest to Marvel fans in general, as the acquisition would have meant that the film rights to properties such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four would fall under the Marvel Studios banner.
According to Deadline co-editor-in-chief Mike Fleming Jr., the potential for this acquisition is still in the cards.
“I just want to start with a juicy rumor that is fast gaining steam in town today, that Disney is progressing speedily toward that rumored acquisition of Fox,” wrote Fleming. “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.”
While many fans have long held out hope that the X-Men and Fantastic Four properties would one day revert back to Marvel so that those characters can be used in the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, Fleming warns that there is very little enthusiasm in Hollywood for a successful deal to be struck, due to the “uncertainty that comes with potentially reducing a major studio to content generators under the Disney silo system.”
In contrast, James Cameron admitted earlier this week that he doesn’t foresee any sale of Fox’s TV and film operations having much impact on his Avatar sequels. He noted that “at this point in time [Disney] has a bigger investment” in the franchise than Fox, no doubt referring to Disney World’s Pandara: The World of Avatar attraction.
What do you think? Would Disney acquiring Fox’s TV and Movie businesses be a good thing or are you okay with the X-Men remaining its own self-contained franchise? Let us know in the comments!