– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Yesterday, Disney announced their plans to acquire most of 21st Century Fox. Following the spinning off of their Fox News, Fox Business, FS1 and FS2 aspects, Disney will be acquiring their TV and film businesses, which include the license to make films of the likes of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Logan, Gambit, and everything in between.

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Of course, Disney owns Marvel Studios, and the general thought here is that they would likely find a way to incorporate them into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Disney CEO Bob Iger even said as much in a recent statement But does that mean the film arcs that are currently planned for these franchises — including Deadpool 2, X-Force, The New Mutants, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Gambit — will be cut short in favor of them bringing them into the world we’ve grown to love?

“[Marvel Studios head Feige] is going to be asked, ‘Do you want to continue on these developments paths?’” one executive told THR.

The outlet goes on to speculate that the R-rated Deadpool is safe, but Disney will be taking a hard look at franchises like The New Mutants. Does a lower budget film like this have a place in the Disney slate, where every film is a huge blockbuster?

That’s a question Feige will have to answer, and insiders are definitely expecting to see some casualties here. There is even some speculation that content like The New Mutants — or other smaller films — could be spun off to their streaming service, with the theater being the place for big-budget offerings only.

Of course, this is all speculation, but it’s hard not to wonder just how the landscape will continue to change in this new world we’re now living in.

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  • SeanDon

    This is one way to stop X-Men Dark Phoenix!


      Already happening dude. Plus FOX spent about $350 million on this film already so its definitely happening.

  • axebox

    This is going to be tricky… but the obvious answer is just release what is already in development, and either modify what hasn’t been shot yet to incorporate MCU’s characters/etc, or start over. But it doesn’t make sense to just scrap a big budget movie outright.

  • MoyBoto

    Reboot the Xmen and scrap Dark Phoenix

  • 2 Left Thumbs

    This acquisition is going to take at least a year. And I’m pretty sure there are laws that say that a business buying another business isn’t allowed to begin operating the business being purchased until the acquisition is complete.

    That’s what I’ve heard. And if that’s correct, Disney will have 0 say in the 3 Fox X-Men movies coming out in 2018.


    I’m just hoping for a good Namor/Fantastic Four/Dr. Doom/Galactus/Silver Surfer expansion of the MCEU sometime before 2022.

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.