Disney Will Take Control Of 'X-Men' After Merger With Fox
Disney have confirmed that X-Men will become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe once the the proposed merger between Fox and Disney takes place.
Disney CEO Bob Iger told The Hollywood Reporter that once the huge business deal is completed, Marvel supremo Kevin Feige and his colleagues at Marvel Studios will assume control of the X-Men franchise.
In the interview, Iger was asked about how Marvel would be dealing with the acquisition of the X-Men franchise, and whether Kevin Feige, the super-producer who has been at the helm at Marvel Studios since 2007, would be given control.
Iger replied: "I think it only makes sense. I want to be careful here because of what's been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn't be two Marvels."
Well, I think we can all agree that would be a sensible decision.
OK, that's not exactly as set in stone as it might be, but it definitely seems to be a huge indication that the X-Men franchise will become a part of the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe.
It could be that they actually end up getting a complete reboot, or wrap up the current X-Men timeline/universe. Intertwining a whole load of other characters into the MCU would no doubt pose a few issues, but if anyone can do it, it's these guys.
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Iger also cast some light onto the ongoing rumours that Deadpool could be set to join forces with The Avengers. That would be big news in Marvel-land as well.
On that, he said: "Kevin's got a lot of ideas. I'm not suggesting that's one of them. But who knows?"
Cryptic enough for you?
Disney's deal to assume control of Fox is looking more and more likely by the day. It seems as if their improved offer of about $71bn is enough to make the difference. Well, there ain't a whole lot that you can't buy for that kind of cheese.
On Wednesday, 'Mr Popularity' himself, Rupert Murdoch, issued a statement that read: "We are extremely proud of the businesses we have built at 21st Century Fox and firmly believe that this combination with Disney will unlock even more value for shareholders as the new Disney continues to set the pace at a dynamic time for our industry."
Here's hoping that the 'dynamic time' ahead involves new X-Men movies.
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