UPDATE: A second report, per Bloomberg, states that while the discussions between Fox and Disney did take place, they’ve since stalled, leaving the deal effectively dead.
Could the X-Men and Fantastic Four possibly be making their way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? If a new report is correct, the answer may be, “Yes.”
After a deal was made between Sony and Marvel Studios to share Spider-Man, fans have hoped that Marvel and Fox could work out a similar deal to allow for the X-Men and Fantastic Four to join the Avengers on the big screen. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has repeatedly reaffirmed that while fans should never say never, the chances of it happening seemed slim. However, a report by CNBC suggests that things may be changing, dramatically, as Disney is said to be in talks to buy most of 21st Century Fox — which includes the 20th Century Fox film studio. (However, such a deal would not include the Fox broadcast network, as a company can not legally own two broadcast networks, and Disney already owns ABC.)
As of right now, the talks are far from final and they could easily fall apart — CNBC’s report states that the talks have talked on and off for the past few weeks and are not occurring “at this very moment.” However, should they take, this would be a massive deal between the two parties. It would finally allow the X-Men characters — including Deadpool — and the Fantastic Four to team-up with the likes of Captain America, Spider-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s also worth noting that 21st Century Fox owns the rights to the original Star Wars trilogy, which would allow Disney to (finally) release the pre-Special Edition prints, as well.
Marvel Stuidios recently celebrated $5 billion at the domestic office after Thor: Ragnarok earned an astounding $121 million from its opening weekend stateside. Up next for the entertainment giant is Black Panther.
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