The answer to the question presented in this post’s heading is $52.4 billion in an all stock deal. That’s a lot of cheddar, but Disney has deep pockets and can afford it. This is far from a done deal however; the agreement needs the approval of anti-trust regulators before it can be finalized, and we saw back in November the Justice Department move to strike down a deal involving AT&T and Time Warner that would have made the former one of the biggest telcom behemoths out there. So for now it seems Disney is slowly taking over the world little by little, but we’ll have to wait and see how the dust settles from this huge shakeup.
For now though, allow me to nerd out over what this possible acquisition can mean for Marvel (films and comics) if the deal gets approved.
The Geek Twins
As you can see from the above info-graphic from The Geek Twins, there is a plethora of characters whose movie rights reside with Fox. All of these would revert back to Marvel should the deal get approved. The means that Marvel’s first family can be brought into the MCU, and that my friends is a very good thing – the Fantastic Four movies have not been very good and the latest attempt to reboot the franchise was just awful. Marvel Studios will be able to do the heroes justice so we can finally get the Fantastic Four movie that we deserve. On top of the possibility of a good Fantastic Four movie comic book fans might just get to see the team get their own title again. With Fox owning the movie rights there was little incentive for Marvel’s publishing arm to have an ongoing title for the Fantastic Four because it would essentially be free advertising for Fox’s properties. Sure there are Future Foundation titles and Johnny Storm and the thing also grace the pages of Marvel’s comic offerings, but a Fantastic Four titled, ongoing book is something fans have been missing and this deal brings that possibility back on the table. Major points
Mutants > Enhanced humans. Did anyone else think it was really dumb that the MCU couldn’t use the term ‘mutants’ when referring to Wanda and Pietro Maximoff, and had to instead refer to them as ‘enhanced humans’? Yea I thought so. That all stems from the whole movie rights thing with the X-Men property. With the X-Men rights back, we can now refer to the characters accurately as mutants (because of their, you know, mutation!). It may be a small point to most others, but this little semantic issue always irked me and I’m glad we can correct this. Moving on.
The freaking X-Men and all mutants associated therein! We have the X-Men back! This makes me very happy because I so badly want another X-Men movie that doesn’t stink – maybe an Avengers vs X-Men movie? I may be in the minority here since the 2012 crossover event met with a lukewarm reaction overall, but at the very least it was a decent story that could translate well to the big screen if Marvel builds it up slowly similar to how it is working towards Infinity War. Oh and remember how *SPOILERS* Wolverine dies in the comics? (if you didn’t know about that, well it’s been 3 years ) Marvel can find some way to resurrect Earth-616’s favorite berserking canuck because we all know no one ever truly dies in comics, unless you have to stay dead because you don’t want to promote a popular character’s upcoming film prospects. Movies amiright?
The news of Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox is big news indeed. It will create a huge entertainment giant that will have the power to shape the entertainment landscape. Can this be a bad thing? Possibly. Right now though, I am allowing myself the momentary indulgence of imagine all the awesome things this can mean for my nerdy self. Hopefully reality doesn’t come crashing down.