by Mike Slade, Founder of Uncanny Nerd
The Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox shareholders voted to APPROVE Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s film and TV assets.
The Walt Disney Co. will now begin officially taking over and managing Fox’s TV and Film assets, which include such franchises as The Simpsons, Aliens, Predator, and others. Fox will maintain Fox Sports, Fox News Channel, and a few similar broadcast entities.
For those superhero/comic fans out there, the main takeaway from this whole ordeal is that Disney, who is the parent company of Marvel, will now control the fates of long loved franchises X-Men and The Fantastic Four in television and movies.
What this means for shows such as The Gifted and Legion remains to be seen, as Disney has made no announcement yet on their futures or their plans for how Marvel’s Merry Mutants and First Family will fit into their greater cinematic universe.
The last X-men feature film created under the Fox banner is the forthcoming Dark Phoenix, currently scheduled to launch in February, 2019, but how exactly this acquisition impacts that film is yet to be seen.
Comic book wise, we’ve already seen the groundwork laid in anticipation for today’s approval, as Marvel comics has promised an epic return of the Fantastic Four coming in August, and the return of the X-men’s flagship title, Uncanny X-Men later this fall.
While Marvel Comics editors have for years denied side-lining these franchises based on the status of their film rights, fans have complained for nearly a decade how the comic company has shifted their focus away from featuring prominent Fantastic Four and X-Men characters in the large story arcs, totally abandoning the Fantastic Four characters all together, as well as relegating the X-Men to a red-headed stepchild status.
Deny it all they want, it was happening.
The great news is, with this deal in place it’s certain now that you’re going to see a marked return to prominence in the books for both the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
What this holds for the future of movies and television is anyone’s guess though, but if Disney/Marvel play their cards right, a proper relaunch of the X-Men film franchise would be another absolute blockbuster.