– by Joseph Jammer Medina

According to CNBC, Disney’s talks to acquire a good chunk of 21st Century Fox’s assets are nearing an actual deal.

In fact, so close are they, that they could make some sort of announcement as soon as next week. Of course, the outlet was quick to point out that these deals could still fall through, but at this time, things are more likely that Disney and Fox’s deal will, in fact happen. The outlet also stated that Fox is still in talks with Comcast, but that their talks with Disney have gone far deeper.

So what would this deal mean? It means Disney would acquire Fox’s film studios, their TV networks, their regional sports networks (not FS1 or their Fox Sports networks, but their regional ones), their ownership of Sky, their 30 percent share of Hulu, and Star in India. Needless to say, this would be quite the feather in Disney’s hat.

Perhaps most interestingly to us film geeks, this would mean that Disney would acquire ownership of the X-Men characters and Fantastic Four characters, meaning that they’d be producing films like The New Mutants and Deadpool 2. It would also allow them to incorporate these characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe down the line, which is the pipe dream of comic/movie fans worldwide.

This all comes weeks after initial reports stated that Disney and Fox had been discussing deals of a possible acquisition of most of Fox’s assets. The talks had supposedly gone dead at that point, but soon after the initial reporting, they were picked back up.

Are you excited to see Disney potentially picking up most of Fox’s assets? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • underdogchamp

    I couple years ago I would’ve been high-fiving strangers on the street upon hearing this news. MCU could reboot FF and recast Wolverine into an Ultimates-esque Avengers team…awesome! But since Logan and Deadpool, I’m not so sure. I’d hate to see MCU water down these characters’ mature appeal and not continue to honor the R-rated tradition of their movies.

    • Smerdyakov

      How could you water down Deadpool? It’s already aimed at 12 year-olds.

      • underdogchamp

        By eliminating the dick jokes that make 45 year old morons like me giggle.

      • Clarence Bricklyne

        Using a hose?

        I’m just spitballin’ here.

        I guess garden sprinklers would work too.

      • Sammy Boy

        I don’t know, at 12yo I wasn’t aware that a guy could have it both ways…

        Oh, I see your point now.

    • axebox

      Fortunately Deadpool was the exact same character as in the comics, so no reboot required there.

  • Lenin1959

    Marvel Phase 4 including… X-MEN and F4 (adult, non-sucking version)!

  • M@rvel

    “So what would this deal mean?” Well in reality, none of us actually know the specifics of the deal yet, but leave it to LRM to pull something out of their ass as if it’s fact!

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      The deal was pulled by CNBC and their sources. We didn’t just make it up.

      • M@rvel

        Well duh. But the specifics of the deal, like which exact properties, are still up in the air. And you wrote about it as if you know exactly what Disney is planning to purchase, which you don’t. Only Disney and Fox knows that.

        • Joseph Jammer Medina

          If Disney acquires all of Fox’s entertainment studios, they will acquire all of their properties. That’s how an acquisition works.

  • Smerdyakov

    Finally, Disney can get revenge on the Simpsons for being mercilessly mocked over the years.

  • FeixPunk

    No X-men in the MCU, there I said it. Not directly at least. Fox has over saturated X-Men and X-stories. We need a break. Please bring in the First Family and give us A REAL DR. DOOM!!!! Take the time and effort given to Loki, Zemo, and Ego (yes I think Ego was a decent baddie) and we can get a great Doom. Wait 10 years and do something new and fresh with the X-men. But please use the suites that exist in the Deadpool movies, those were the best X suits EVER!

    • Clarence Bricklyne


      I’m sure they’ll get right on it.
      Would you like fries with that order?

      • FeixPunk

        Bacon-cheese fries actually.

    • M@rvel

      Infinity War is about to change the MCU as we know it. I bet after we finally beat Thanos, The Avengers take the Infinity Gauntlet and go back and tweak some things about the MCU. While they are “fixing” things, they could easily say that somewhere along in the revised MCU timeline mutants came to be, and boom, we have X-Men in phase 4. It could just be a much smaller group of mutants than we are used to in the Fox universe.

      • FeixPunk

        I still fear doing X-Men too soon will suffer like Spider-man homecoming did. Yes it made good money but nowhere near what it should have domestically. W should have had him in CW and then IW and maybe after that his own movie. X-men could be the same i guess being in some mutants in Avengers 4 and sorely build them within the MCU to rid the taste of Fox. Just like the FF they need to be in an MCU movieor two before getting their own. Then do the origin in small conversations and flashbacks like in incredible hulk and homecoming.

  • Moby85

    The deal has potential. Disney’s large franchises are, in my opinion, their strongest suit particularly Marvel and LucasFilm. It would be interesting to see where they go with X-Men as it’s kind of in a transitional stage with the original leads gone and some of the new ones (RE: Jennifer Lawrence) going.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.