Disney Might Buy Fox Because the Mouse Must Rule All

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Hey, kids! Who wants to surrender even more of their disposable income to the Disney corporation? Between Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and nearly every other movie production company, it can seem like Disney already owns everything under the sun. But while their kingdom may include everything the light touches, the company apparently looked at the shadowy place and decided they wanted that too.Disney has reportedly been in talks with 21st Century Fox to buy most of the company, including the film rights to Marvel’s X-Men and Fantastic Four properties. CNBC first reported the news, saying that the two companies have been talking about the purchase off and on for the past few weeks. While the talks have apparently stalled, there is every possibility that they could continue, particularly since Disney has so much to gain from the purchase. Sources say Disney would purchase everything but the news, sports and local broadcast affiliates from Fox.The story is still developing at this point, but getting back the X-Men rights would be huge for Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The company has been so eager to tell X-Men stories they’ve repeatedly tried to make us care about the Inhumans. It hasn’t worked. Meanwhile, Marvel has seemingly done everything it could to devalue the Fantastic Four and X-Men brands, including outright canceling the Fantastic Four comic book series. And come on, are we really supposed to believe that the X-Men were left out of Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite for story reasons alone? Honestly, if a deal does go through the greatest loss will be Marvel’s increasingly petty attempts to convince us that everything’s fine. Fine. They honestly don’t think about the X-Men or Fantastic Four that much? Oh, Fox owns what? Interesting. That’s fine. This is all fine.The Fantastic Four, last seen January 2016. (Image via Marvel)Unless you’re employed by the Walt Disney Company, it’s hard to get terribly excited about this news. While it is weird that the X-Men and the Avengers never interact or even mention each other as they do in the comics, Fox has built a pretty respectable cinematic universe of their own with the X-Men movies. Sure, there have been some stinkers over the years, but it’s not like every MCU movie is pure gold either. The last thing the superhero movie landscape needs to be is more homogenized. Even if you aren’t a fan of all the X-Men movies, they are way different from anything Marvel is doing. Look at the movies of the MCU and try to imagine them doing anything like the foul-mouthed Deadpool, the violent, deconstructive and somber Logan, or even anything with the tone of X2. I’m not saying it’s beyond them, but they haven’t proven themselves capable of films like those.I love the MCU movies. If I am dead broke, I will gladly spend my last $15 to see the newest one. I don’t need every single superhero movie to be like them. That’s why even with Justice League’s troubled production, and the fact that Zack Snyder’s first two DC movies were garbage, I’m still rooting for it to succeed. I want superhero movies that break from Marvel’s model. The more people can make them, the more we’ll get. Disney hires talented people, and they usually put out great products. They do love their formulas though. You can’t blame them; it’s a really good formula. It’s produced some fantastic movies over the years. The love of familiar formulas also led to drama behind the scenes of two Star Wars movies and at least one MCU movie. I still desperately want to know what Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man would have been.I’m looking forward to The New Mutants because it looks like nothing Marvel or Fox have ever done before. It’s the same reason I loved Legion so much. I want more of that, and it’s hard to see that happening if fewer companies are making these movies. Plus, anything that gives Disney even more power and influence over the entertainment landscape is kind of terrifying, but hey. If 2017 has taught us anything, it’s that all outcomes are bad because we live in the worst possible timeline. Increasingly large corporations will control every aspect of our lives whether they have a friendly mouse mascot or not. Stay on targetcenter_img Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more