ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 15: The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger took part today in "Worlds, Galaxies, and Universes: Live Action at The Walt Disney Studios" presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

The landmark Disney-Fox merger is quietly moving along. There are no major changes that can happen for several more months, but incremental progress is being made. Disney CEO Bob Iger said as much on a recent conference call.

Everything is still in the very early phases, so there isn’t much Iger can share, but the deal is at least on its way to receiving government approval and the Disney boss has had encouraging meetings with Fox leadership.

“The regulatory process has begun. I’m even more enthusiastic about the businesses we are acquiring and the management teams leading them.”

The regulatory process is not quick, but at least it’s started. The deeper the Disney-Fox deal gets into that process and the more it looks like an approval is coming, the harder it will be for Comcast to try and outbid Disney at the last minute.

Now that we know Iger is taking meetings with Fox leadership, it may not be that long before Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has exploratory conversations with Fox regarding the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises. For all we know, Feige may have already had one or more of those meetings.

That is not to say that detailed plans are being made for X-Men and Fantastic Four just yet. Feige has his hands full finishing up Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s never to early to throw a few ideas around.

SOURCE: Variety