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The Disney/20th Century Fox deal just got more interesting as Sony step in

November 19th, 2017 by Marc Comments

So, we’ve been following the story that broke a while ago that saw Disney trying to buy 20th Century Fox’s TV and film branches, which, we’re sure you know, would mean that the X-Men (and the Fantastic Four) could become part of the MCU where they belong (here).

The story developed over the next few days, saying that the talks had been stalled but the X-Men and Fantastic Four rights were a massive part of why Disney were keen, with the hopes that they would be able to create a streaming service that would rival Netflix.

We also found out that the other main reason they wanted the deal was Disney’s streaming service which will see new Star Wars and Marvel shows (and possibly movies) created. As a result, the Netflix shows will basically halt from this point onwards; although we’re hearing that the shows they have so far – Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and now The Punisher – will be ok for future development but no new characters/series will be added as Disney will want to create their own TV shows. Which is why they are interested in Fox’s TV branch.


New reports are that Sony is interested in buying Fox now too.

So what does this mean? Well, The Washington Post is reporting that Sony, who are on the verge of losing the James Bond franchise, are keen to get some cool new IPs on their books.

And, should they get Fox, it would mean that they could put Spider-man and the X-Men and Fantastic Four together on screen. Of course, many would hope that this could, in light of Spider-man now being in the MCU, still see ALL these Marvel characters together one day.

However, with Sony developing Venom and other Spider-man spinoffs without any connection to the MCU, we’d say it’s not necessarily a done deal.

But it could certainly put Sony in a powerful place regarding the characters they have the rights to.

Your movie, Disney…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….