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Disney’s Buyout of Fox Officially Announced, Bringing Home X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic Four

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Today is a good day for Disney. They’re about to have a massive movie hit on their hands with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and they just acquired some extremely valuable properties, franchises, and film and TV studios. Yes, the deal for Disney to buy Fox’s entertainment arms has been officially announced, with a range of implications across our favorite universes and beyond.

First and foremost, this will bring all X-Men characters in TV and film, including Deadpool, under the same roof as Marvel, so we can expect that to factor into the future of the MCU, not to mention the future of X-Men movies. The X-Men have enjoyed the most successful superhero universe outside of the MCU for a while now, so bringing the two together is a seismic event—no matter the outcome. The Fantastic Four are also back in the Marvel fold with this deal, so maybe they’ll finally find their place in the world of superhero movies. Disney’s official announcement states,

“The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love.”

This is also probably really good news for Star Wars fans, as it’ll resolve rights issues for distribution of the original trilogy, especially concerning the first movie, for which Fox reportedly held distribution rights with no end in sight. Disney certainly knows that Star Wars fans are hungry for a rerelease of the original movies in a restored form, without all the changes that were made later, and they’re finally all clear to make that happen and put out definitive versions to do away with impressive fan attempts that have been floating around online. Maybe now they can get it done in time for a huge box set to arrive with Episode IX.

It’s probably also good news for Disney’s dedicated streaming service, although that may not be such good news for the rest of us, as offerings from two of the biggest entertainment giants will only be available in one place. That’s going to make it a lot tougher for other services to compete, and will probably wind up as an additional monthly fee for a lot of us. That consolidation is the big ramification of all this outside of reuniting the Marvel family, with a single company now owning so much of what we all like to watch on the big and small screen.

But hey, at least now we can make Chris Evans’ buddy movie, starring two of himself, happen:

It also means that our Spideypool dreams can come true, as long as Sony continues to play nice. So what are your thoughts on how these characters should/will come together?

(via Disney, image: Disney/21st Century Fox)

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