Fox is trying to do its damnedest to remain relevant, that’s no secret. After reports a few weeks back that the House of Mouse had been in talks to purchase nearly all of Fox — with the exception of its news and sports properties — a new report has surfaced that Sony’s another potential buyer.
Say what? You heard it right, Sony Pictures is now one of the companies with a legitimate interest in buying 21st Century Fox, home of the live-action rights of all X-Men and Fantastic Four-based characters.
According to Variety, Sony isn’t the only one in line. The report says Sony is among the likes of Comcast and Disney to have some sort of talks with Fox about purchasing some of their assets. As a die-hard fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these talks are starting to stress me out, almost to the point where I want to quote the great Michael Scott’s “snip snap, snip snap, snip snap” line.
As Variety — and many other outlets — are reporting, any talks are in the most infantile of stages. It seems as if Disney has had the most serious talks, but that’s just my internal hopes talking.
If Sony buys Fox and subsequently, the portfolio of X-Men and Fantastic Four properties, what does that mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Well — quite frankly — I think it’d still be a pretty good move for Marvel Studios. If — for whatever reasons — the House of Mouse isn’t able to acquire Wolvie, Reed Richards, & Co., it’s not the end of the world.
Sony’s shown that they’re willing to play ball with Marvel Studios, in the case of Tom Holland‘s Spider-Man. And let’s face it, if Sony is able to get a hold of those sought-after Fox assets, they’d make it pretty hard for Disney & Marvel Studios to not make an offer for Sony.
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