Disney CEO Confirms X-Men, Deadpool & Fantastic Four Will Join MCU

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Hours after announcing its acquired 21st Century Fox, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced, via Deadline, that X-Men, Deadpool and Fantastic Four will all join the MCU:

“We have the opportunity to expand iconic franchises for new generations of fans just as we have done with Marvel and Star Wars. The obvious example is Avatar, which is still the single highest-grossing film in history. We’ve already worked with James Cameron to span the storytelling into a spectacular new land called Pandora: The World of Avatar, which opened in Orlando earlier this year and we’re very excited to continue that relationship, especially related to the series of Avatar films he’s currently working on. We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel cinematic universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool and reuniting all of the Star Wars movies ever made under one roof, which opens new opportunities for that franchise."

Disney acquired 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion. As far as I'm concerned, this is a direct threat to creatives everywhere. Disney can now add the X-Men, “Alien,” and “Avatar” franchises at their disposal, amongst many others, which adds a significant artillery of films to their upcoming streaming service, set to debut in 2019.

This new deal might make Disney more powerful than all of Hollywood. This much media controlled by one company is a dangerous affair but we'll see if Disney uses it responsibly, which I doubt, by the way, they want to make as much money as possible from this.

In a statement, The Writers Guild of America has slammed the Disney-Fox Deal as the “relentless drive to eliminate competition.”

“Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman” creator Mark Millar is wondering about the ramifications, though he does think that X-Men getting a fresh life at Disney is probably the best thing for the franchise: