21st Century Fox is in talks to sell movie and television assets to Disney, and they are close to sealing the deal. It could become official within the next week, and marvel fans are speculating what this could mean for upcoming movies.
Everyone’s freaking out about how Disney buying Fox will unite the Marvel movies, but it’ll likely *reduce* the number of superhero movies made per year. They’re expensive!
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) December 5, 2017
In this deal, Disney would gain things such as Fox’s cable channels — which are FX and National Geographic — as well as their movie studio.
I'm going to throw a party if the FOX/Disney deal happens. I'm serious. There will be cake.
— ragtag7🗯️ (@ragtag7x) December 5, 2017
In light of this story, fans of the Marvel Comic Universe have been tweeting out theories about how the deal could affect the superhero movies that Fox and Disney are responsible for.
Marvel Story Exec: Ok sir we have the entire Phase 4 story line ready to go.
Fiege: We might have a deal with Fox. FF and X-Men are maybe coming home.
Marvel Story Exec: pic.twitter.com/BXmV2qdPRN
— Pat McCullough aka Jango’s Hype Man (@PatMcCullough20) December 5, 2017
Fox bought the film rights to X-Men and The Fantastic Four back in the late 1990s, and because of this, those films have been set in a universe separate to the other Marvel films that are owned by Disney such as The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Fans have expressed extreme interest in the two worlds colliding, especially with Disney’s release of the upcoming film The Black Panther. In the Marvel comics, Black Panther’s character ends up marrying Storm, one of the characters in X-Men. This marriage cannot happen on the big screen if Disney does not have the rights to the X-Men.
Yo I don't care what studio has the rights to who, Black Panther and Storm belong together. They are the most powerful black couple in comics so y'all need to make that happen. #MarvelStudios #20thCenturyFox pic.twitter.com/mpOs0SjImx
— Denton Reneau (@dentonreneau) November 10, 2017
Companies such as Sony (who was responsible for the Spider-Man trilogy in the early 2000s) and Verizon Communications have also shown interest in Fox’s assets. The portion of Fox’s assets that Disney is looking into buying is valued above $60 billion.