It seems like a long time since it was officially announced that Disney was given the all clear to purchase 21st Century Fox, but now the acquisition is almost over.
After months of waiting for all the final pieces to fall into place and wading through all the paperwork and loose ends, Disney will finally claim the rights to 21st Century Fox next Wednesday, March 20, 2019. This news comes as Mexico has given the final approval for the acquisition to be officially over.
This acquisition will, of course, give The House of Mouse decades worth of franchises and shows to their already huge library of content. It provides a huge boost to their up-coming Disney+ streaming service as Disney plans to add the majority of 21st Century Fox TV shows and films on top of the coveted vault of Disney films.
Disney will now have the rights to movie franchises and TV shows such as Alien, The Simpsons, Family Guy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Avatar, Die Hard, and Independence Day – to name a few. On maybe a slightly more important note for Marvel fans is the fact that Disney will now be able to do what was once thought impossible… finally bringing all the heroes together on the big screen including the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
All those years ago when 21st Century Fox initially acquired the rights to Marvel franchises like X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool meant it would not be possible to have the two cross-over due to contract agreements but Disney just broke that final barrier to open the movie world up for a whole new era of superhero (and justice for the X-Men that Fox horrendously ruined).
All I can say to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises now is… welcome home.