It’s happened. Disney has bought Fox, and therefore can now work the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Deadpool, and whatever the hell else they want into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s pretty damn excited to be a comic book fan right now, as something we never expected to happen has, well, happened!
But what now?
Naturally this deal will take a while to come to fruition (the deal still won’t be done for 12-18 months if it passes the proper regulation channels), but the seeds have been planted already for the mutants and FF to enter the MCU through the Infinity Gems, namely the time and reality gems. It would be a very comic booky way to get these properties into the MCU, but let’s not forget that this is a universe with a talking Raccoon that fires machine guns. Anything is possible.
As cool as it is to get the X-Men and FF into the MCU, this deal does have some pretty big ramifications for the world of media at large. For one, there’s one less studio pumping out content, which isn’t a great thing. There’s also the matter of the sheer amount of properties that Disney now has in this deal. Planet of the Apes, Die Hard, Alien, Predator, the list goes on, and on, and on. But I honestly think that Disney will probably just start selling off stuff that they don’t want or need, and keep the stuff they want.
Of course, one of the biggest things to come out of this is “what will happen to R Rated superhero movies”? Will, I don’t think we’ll need to worry. Sure, Deadpool will most likely be censored if he appears in Avengers 7, but I really don’t think that Marvel and Disney would mess with his solo formula. Why? Well, look at the Netflix shows. While they are on a streaming service (with arguably more reach than any studio), a majority of those shows are definitely “R Rated”, and guess what? Those still need to be approved by Marvel and Disney to get made. Hell, I’d argue that it’s easier for a kid to get access to The Punisher than sneak into a showing of Deadpool at the movie theater.
There’s also the worry that Disney is going to swallow up every other studio in Hollywood. Well, Fox was actively looking for someone to buy their TV and Film division, and Disney presented the best offer. Sure, it’s not great that we have another GIANT media company that will probably own us all one day, but would you have rather had Comcast owning Fox? I know I sure wouldn’t.
The brightside to this is the X-Men and Fantastic Four joining the MCU, which is something a lot of comic fans, myself included, have wanted. And while there’s definitely some major concerns that comes from a huge company becoming even huger, I can’t deny that it’ll be awesome to finally see the Hulk and The Thing fight on screen.
Will this deal end up being the end of all media as we know it? I don’t think so. But I also agree that it’s something that should raise some questions about media and how we consume it, and who owns it.