Today, 21st Century Fox announced that the $71.4 billion deal with the Walt Disney Company has reached completion and will become effective at 12:02am on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. With that in mind, ComingSoon.net is asking its readers which one of the major 20th Century Fox movie franchises they would like to see Disney prioritize once they gain ownership. Vote for your choice of franchise in the poll below!
With this deal, Disney will receive an impressive volume of properties from 21st Century Fox, including the X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Deadpool, each a popular facet of the Marvel comic book canon. Many anticipate that these characters will be integrated into Disney’s ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe following the events of the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. In addition, Disney will also gain full distribution rights to the original 1977 Star Wars film, just months before the franchise will release its latest entry, the J.J. Abrams-helmed Star Wars: Episode IX.
As a result of the acquisition, the Walt Disney Company will also control the rights to the Alien, Predator and Planet of the Apes franchises, as well as James Cameron’s Avatar and its forthcoming sequels.
As the agreement was being settled last year, it was reported by the Wall Street Journal that Disney intended to release any films amidst production at Fox. Of course, whether Disney will eventually phase out Fox properties that do not fit with their particularly family-friendly image remains to be seen. Only time will tell what precisely Disney will do—or not do—with its wide variety of newfound properties.
Keep reading ComingSoon.net for future details on Disney’s acquisition of the 21st Century Fox assets!