Rumors have surfaced that Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox may not be a dead deal after all. Similar whisperings have been around for years, which would allow Marvel to gain back the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four. Spider-Man Homecoming was very successful and proved that Marvel should have those right back. However, Deadpool and Logan were surprisingly very successful for Fox, so a relationship between the three seemed like a non-starter for Fox. Now Disney would like to purchase Fox, and it really sounded like a pipe dream.
Actually, about as quickly as the news broke about Disney’s intentions to buy Fox, rumors started swirling that talks were dead. However, there are a lot of people out there who would love to see something like this happen, so rumors begot more rumors. Robert Liefield, creator of the Deadpool franchise, wants the deal to fizzle out. Fans, however, wonder what the films that Fox has dropped the ball on might look like if Marvel got those right back. Now, it seems, the deal isn’t dead and we might see this happen yet.
CNBC reported first about the possibility of negotiations between 20th Century Fox and Disney. Now they are claiming the talks may not be dead even after reporting that their sources are saying nothing of the sort is going on. Their latest statement is that “it does appear at the very least that they have not abandoned the idea of that combination.”
The rumors about the talks between the two entertainment giants have benefited them a great deal. Stock have increased substantially for the two, with Disney seeing a 7% increase and Fox seeing an 18% increase in the last few days.
Anyone who likes Fox for more than its movies would not have to worry that Disney would acquire anything other than their filming rights. If this were to happen, Fox would still keep its new and sports. Disney would, however, gain control of the television programming as well, which includes The Simpsons, Avatar, and a lot of other popular content.
The latest rumors circulate not long after the same was said about Sony and Disney. Sony was struggling not that long ago, and speculation mounted that Disney was in talks to acquire Sony’s entertainment division. However, with Spider-Man: Homecoming being the success that it was, they seem to be on the up swing and no such deal is in place, as they have a solo movie for Venom coming up which is said to launch a Spider-Man Movie Universe – without Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
20th Century Fox has had a lot of bad press in the last decade or more in regards to their mediocre, at best, films so this deal may be inevitable. While fans debate whether this would actually benefit the franchises in question, it would certainly benefit Disney enormously.
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