That X-Men meets Avengers pipedream seemed way too distant a few years back. It wasn’t until the unthinkable collaboration between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios happened and spawned Sony’s first superhero success in a while in Spider-Man: Homecoming happened and gave fans that little glimmer of hope that Fox may be convinced to enter a similar deal. Distant yet plausible in the coming decades. And it’s gonna remain that way unless this new report about how Fox has begun talks with Disney for a buy-out pushes through.
According to CNBC, 21st Century Fox (not to be confused with its asset 20th Century Fox, the film studio) has entered talks with Disney with the hopes of selling a chunk of the company. CNBC says that 21st Century Fox wants to focus on more sports and news-centric content, hence the sale.
For Fox, the willingness to engage in sale talks with Disney stems from a growing belief among its senior management that scale in media is of immediate importance and that there is not a path to gain that scale in entertainment through acquisition. The company is said to believe that a more tightly focused group of properties around news and sports could compete more effectively in the current marketplace.
Disney, on the other hand, sees the potential in acquiring another major film studio and a plethora of “TV production assets,” (Fox owns FX and FXX, home to the greatest shows right now) especially on the eve of their venture into the world of VOD streaming service. On top of that, Fox has ties with some of the international market that Disney doesn’t. Remember that report from last week saying Marvel is now prohibited to lease out character rights to companies NOT OWNED by Disney? That makes a whole lot of sense now.
Mind you, this isn’t a done deal. It’s in fact far from it. CNBC notes that while they may shake on it, the discussions between the 2 companies are on an on-off basis. But let’s be real. The real reason Fox wants to sell is they want Avengers vs. X-Men to happen. They want Wolverine to meet Captain America. They want to please the fans and make the MCU Fantastic Four movie we deserve. Amirite guys? They listened to us!!
In all seriousness, we hope this pushes through. We’re one step closer to Marvel owning the rights to every character back.