As a comicbook geek, I was speechless when I found out that Walt Disney was buying 21st Century Fox, a massive and historic union that I am certain blew every other geek’s mind.
Disney, which owns the Marvel and Star Wars franchises, spent $52.4 billion for Fox’s production company and other entertainment assets, finally bringing X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, among other renowned comicbook propeerties, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where they rightfully belong.
There is no question that Marvel, with all its various films and TV shows, has far outclassed Fox (e.g. X-Men and Fantastic Four) and Sony (e.g Spiderman) in the sheer production and entertainment value of their releases, and all of us expect the same tender love to be applied to the long-neglected and, frankly, disrespected X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, especially the latter. Deadpool fared better under Fox, but just imagine how much more it will shine under Disney’s resource-rich umbrella…
Wolverine fighting alongside The Avengers? Dr. Doom and Iron Man going at it? Yup! All our wet dreams and more can finally happen.
Granted, a deal of this magnitude brings the Micky Mouse corporation one step closer to a monopoly and, eventually, world domination of the entertainment industry, but we’ll worry about that another day. Right now, it’s time to rejoice.
We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the expanded Marvel Universe.