It only took $72 billion dollars to bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights to Disney. So what’s next and what could the impact be on Disney’s new intellectual properties?
At the end of 2017, a battle began for the acquisition of rights to many of 21st Century Fox’s assets. The ones we’re immediately interested in here at GEEK THIS were, of course, those surrounding the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and other Marvel intellectual property. For most of us, this was one of those things that seemed unimaginable – all of the Marvel characters under one roof, with the ability to produce live-action versions of our favorite comic book storylines and scenes.
After spending $72 billion and fighting with Comcast, The Walt Disney Company is now holding the rights to many of Fox’s assets. One thing was 30% of Hulu, which is interesting, due to the upcoming debut of the Disney+ streaming platform. With this particular acquisition, it actually gives Disney a majority of control, at 60% (they had a 30% share before the deal). No one is sure of those ramifications, but there are, of course, suspicions. It will be interesting to watch, to say the least.
Episode photo courtesy of Ryan Reynolds
Links from this episode
- “Disney and Fox Merger Officially Closes” – Comicbook.com
- “Disney-Fox Deal Update: The Fox Movies and TV Shows Disney Now Owns” – Polygon
- “What’s going to happen to Hulu now that Disney owns it?” – Polygon