X-Men To Join Marvel Studios Shortly As Disney/Fox Deal Closes

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It's been many months since there was any news about the impending purchase of Fox's entertainment assets by Disney, but it seems the deal is nearly done. It has been reported that it will be finalized on Wednesday, March 20.

The date was included in a press release from Disney that stated the studio had received the last piece of approval required from regulators. Fox shareholders have until Thursday this week to decide how much cash and Disney stock they wish to receive, and the acquisition will become effective on the 20th.

Most notably for film fans is the fact that the deal includes a variety of high-profile movie properties formally owned by Fox. Most notably, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four could finally become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while the likes of Avatar, Alien, and the Predator will also be controlled by Disney.

While Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige and Disney CEO Bob Iger have both been reluctant to talk in detail about the future of these characters in the MCU, both have strongly hinted it will happen. In January Feige described the availability of the X-Men and Fantastic Four as "very exciting," while Iger previously confirmed that Fox's Marvel properties would all be under the control of Feige and Marvel Studios.

The Fox deal followed a tense bidding war between Disney and Comcast. Ultimately, Comcast did not match Disney's $71.3 billion bid and the deal was agreed by shareholders last July. The deal also includes FX, Nat Geo, Star India, and Fox's 30% stake in Hulu and 39% stake in Sky.

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So soon we'll see a hidden Mickey as a skull on the Predator's belt. And we'll see the Avengers (in whatever configuration) recruit Redd Richards to help them stop Galactus. But probably no Xneomorph terrorizing the Hundred Acre Woods.

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The current Xmen movie series needs to be swept away and forgotten about, and the Deadpool movies writing team needs to be in charge of it, so it can be done as close as it possibly could be to the source material. It's pathetic what Fox has done to the Xmen.


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I went to see Captain Marvel last week and the Dark Phoenix trailer played. The apathy shown by the packed house was overwhelming and totally expected. Fox killed all their Marvel properties and doesn’t have the know how to resurrect them. The merger comes at the perfect time.

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Disney will be in charge of almost all the big franchises for better or worse. Probably not a good thing.

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@obiroid1: Never a good thing. Ever. Killing competition stifles innovation, permits price fixing and breaks the free market, but that's what certain people in this country want because their only way to hold onto power is to create a plutocracy that funnels campaign donations to them for enacting policies that favor the extremely wealthy. Funny how it's the same people who falsely claim to be the biggest defenders of free market economics...doubelthink is alive and well.

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It's like the Sherman Act and Clayton Act don't even exist.

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Do you think there will be a day when Disney buys Warner Bros. Looney Tunes, DC, Harry Potter, things like Mortal Kombat and Friends. I'm sure someone at Disney daydreams

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@PrpleTrtleBuBum: I see them buying Sony first, especially with the success of Spider-verse and Venom. I know Disney’s not happy about that.

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@bat725: it's more likely Disney will just offer Sony a load of money to get the licence back, i doubt they would try and buy them and besides the reason this Fox deal has taken so long is because a deal like has to be approved by various governing bodies for the express purpose of stopping one company having a monopoly, it's also why Disney had to sell off some of the fox stuff such as the sport channels and why they have to sell some of their Hulu stock too

so if they made a play for Sony it probably wouldn't be allowed anyway

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Will Jackman go back in the saddle if this happens?

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@santinegrete: It would be sweet because he's the Wolverine, but
- it would be weird to pretend the original X-Men movies didn't happen
- Jackman would look so out-of-place next to Iron Man, Thor etc. because he would be taller or as tall

I know someone's going to kill me, but Tom Cruise would fit. He's short, looks experienced and old but still can hang from airplanes and do barrel rolls through windows. Put that yellow overall on him and you'll only see the stubby chin. I can also kind of imagine this Wolverine's been in the air force driving top gun and trekking in jungle marine corps even without origins movies.

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The FTC is a fucking joke. This merger should have never been allowed to move forward. The entire world is going to be owned by Disney, Amazon and Google by the end of 2020.

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@Hagan: small companies can still create paper man and battery kingdom

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Eventually, every superhero will be in one movie. Which means that every highest paid actor/actress will be starring in it. I can see that movie costing over a billion to make lol :D

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Not excited.

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So... Avengers with Wolverine as a teammate is comming soon.

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Still hoping they keep the X-Men universe separate from the MCU. X-Men's roster is just as big as the Avengers.

I can't imagine Disney doing new Aliens or Predator movies. Not properly, anyway.

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@Barighm: because fox has done so well with the aliens and predator movies.

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@chaseja30624559: Alien and Aliens: Great. Alien 3: Oh come on. Alien 4: Why god, why?

Predator 1 & 2: Great. Predators: At least they tried.

AVP: Wow. Guess we were wrong for thinking this would work.

Alien Prequel Movies: Um, wasn't the whole point to explain that Space Jockey sitting in his seat and getting chest bursted?

Quite frankly, it is time to give another studio a crack at it.

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i wonder how long before they introduce them will they make a an appearence in endgame or some movie after, perhaps in spider man far from home

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@shadowwarrior4: i can see Wolverine popping up in the end credit scene of Far from Home, question is will it be Jackman or someone new?