With Disney recently announcing their plans to acquire 21st Century Fox, a lot of us geeks are thrilled with the idea of seeing certain characters finally return to the Marvel fold. After years of wishing and waiting and hoping and praying, seeing the X-Men and Fantastic Four fighting alongside Tony Stark and Thor is a very real possibility.
But while we sit back and dream up the best ways for the Fantastic Four to get incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is a chance that this deal could have some disastrous impacts for thousands of people.
According to a report from Rich Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG, this acquisition could very well lead to 5,000 to 10,000 lost jobs.
“Disney expects over $2 billion in synergies from the Fox acquisition, with the overwhelming majority of that from cost-savings–meaning job cuts. In order to reduce costs by upwards of $2 billion, we believe Disney will need to cut well-over 5,000 jobs and the number could easily swell toward 10,000 given the high degree of overlap between the two companies around the world.”
He isn’t the only one who is waving a red flag with this deal. While it could mean great things for geeks, there are still a lot of questionable economics on the whole thing. At the end of the day, it’s hard to shake the feeling that we may end up with an industry with fewer films, and less competition, which is never a good thing.
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