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20th Sep 2018

Disney confirm they would take over the X-Men movies following a merger with Fox

Wil Jones

“I think it only makes sense.”

As Disney’s takeover of 21st Century Fox rumbles ever-closer to fruition, two things are becoming clearer.

One: We are getting that much closer to living in a dystopian hellscape where one megacorporation controls every property you ever cared about, and all the movies we consume.

And two: The X-Men are probably going to show up in the Marvel movies.

Despite being published by Marvel Comics, the movie rights to the merry mutants were sold to Fox long ago, before Marvel started making their own films, and long, long before they were acquired by Disney.

This has stopped Wolverine and co from appearing in the MCU so far. A similar situation happened with Spider-Man, but then Disney and Sony both realised they really liked money, and came to a deal for Spidey to be in Captain America: Civil War.

Disney’s takeover of Fox would allow the X-Men to do a similar thing, but there had been speculation that Marvel may keep those movies separate for the time being.

But now Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that, should the deal all go through with no issues, it’s very likely they will join the MCU.

“I think it only makes sense,” Iger said. “I want to be careful here because of what’s been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”

He was also asked if Deadpool could end up on The Avengers – but he let less slip about that one.

“Kevin [Fiege, Marvel Studios President]’s got a lot of ideas. I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?”

The deal is far from done at the moment – big corporate takeovers can be hamstrung for all sorts of reasons – but it looks like Cyclops and Iron Man will be teaming up at some point.