This story will not be going away any time soon. The Wall Street Journal reports that Disney remains interested in buying parts of 21st Century Fox and that the negotiations are gaining momentum. Comcast is also interested in Fox, which probably isn’t making things easy, and certainly not cheap, for Disney.
WSJ’s report comes on the heels of Deadline’s report earlier this week that Disney and Fox were negotiating again after talks had stalled in early November. The purchase is reportedly for most assets at 21st Century Fox outside of Fox’s news, sports, and broadcast network divisions. The deal would include Fox’s movie studio.
Disney purchasing Fox’s movie studio would bring the X-Men (including Deadpool) and Fantastic Four franchises home to Marvel Studios. That means we would eventually see characters like Wolverine, Mr. Fantastic, and Doctor Doom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Before anyone worries about upcoming Fox-owned Marvel movies like Deadpool 2 and X-Force, remember that deals like this take many months and sometimes years to complete. First a multi-billion-dollar agreement has to be reached, then the companies will go through government regulation, and then there’s the long process of actually integrating these Fox assets into Disney.
There will be time for Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) to have all kinds of R-rated fun before he is brought into the Disney fold. Fox is clearly looking to sell and someone is going to buy. The best place for these Marvel character to be when it’s all said and done is home with Marvel Studios.