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.
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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