The reported deal between Disney and 21st Century Fox has inched even closer to being a certainty, with both companies now assigning bankers to work out the “fine print.”
As reported by Variety, Disney is working with a group that includes JP Morgan and Guggenheim Partners to acquire Fox’s film and TV production assets. If the deal works out, then the acquisition would include 20th Century Fox’s film studio, 20th Century Fox Television, FX Networks, and a majority stake in the streaming service Hulu.
More important to comic book fans, though, is that the rights for the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and other characters whose rights are owned by Fox would revert back to Disney — and subsequently, Marvel Studios. This would, if the studio so wished, allow the aforementioned teams of superheroes to be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The report goes on to explain that the deal could be sealed before Christmas. It wasn’t too long ago that reports surfaced indicating the deal could be dead, but it certainly appears as if Disney is keen to obtain many of Fox’s assets as soon as possible. It was only earlier this week when it was revealed that these discussions had begun once more.
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