Given the rise in popularity of superhero movies lately, we’re sure that many were excited when Disney announced their plans to acquire Fox. The deal would also see some Marvel licenses returned to Disney, namely the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool, where Disney had previously confirmed that they will be folded into the MCU.
However the deal has yet to be officially concluded, but it seems that we might only be a few months away from that happening. In a report from Variety, Fox executive Peter Rice apparently told employees that the company expects the deal with Disney to close on the 1st of January, 2019.
There was some doubt cast early on about the acquisition, as some felt that it might not get approved. Disney had somehow managed to skirt around the issue by coming to an agreement with the US Department of Justice where they promised that they would divest some of Fox’s sports networks.
There was also a brief period in time when Comcast threw in their own bid for Fox, a bid that was higher than what Disney had initially offered which ultimately jeopardize the deal. However Disney came back last minute with a higher offer that was ultimately accepted. It will be exciting to see what Disney will do with Fox’s assets once the deal is done, and more importantly for superhero movie lovers, we’re sure that many would love to see a Marvel treatment of the X-Men and Fantastic Four.