It’s been in the news for what seems like weeks, but the New York Times just announced that Disney has officially made a deal for 21st Century Fox.
More about the Disney Deal for 20th Century Fox
This deal is not entirely set yet. It is subject to review by the Justice Department, in case the government thinks that the deal could possibly violate anti-trust regulations. However, since this administration has a documented disgust for regulations (unless they can harm the interests of organizations the administration dislikes), it is likely the deal will go through.
If the deal goes through, Disney will take control of the film studio 20th Century Fox, which has been making X-Men films since the turn of the century. It is not clear what this means for that studio’s upcoming films, including X-Men – New Mutants (set to be released in April), Deadpool 2 (set to be released in June), and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (set to be released next November). Will 20th Century Fox (or what remains of it after the downsizing) release these upcoming films? Will Disney/Marvel Studios refuse to consider working in the X-Men universe that has been previously established? Will the X-Men and Fantastic Four be quickly assimilated into the established Marvel Cinematic Universe (and will someone hire Seanan McGuire to write their comics)? There are a number of possibilities and no official word on what the actual plans for the X-Men and Fantastic Four are.
Those of you with a political bent may be interested to know that Fox News was not part of the Disney deal nor Fox television.
Are you excited by the prospect of X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Are you concerned about what this entertainment monopoly means for our economy? Do you think this is one more step towards a Brave New World-esque dystopia? Talk about it in the comments!