Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the Marvel Cinematic Universe will incorporate franchises such as "X-Men", "Fantastic Four" and "Deadpool" after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox is compete in the historic merger.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the Marvel Cinematic Universe will incorporate franchises such as “X-Men”, “Fantastic Four” and “Deadpool” after the acquisition of 21st Century Fox is compete in the historic merger. Disney is set to buy 21st Century Fox assets for USD 52.4 billion in the Hollywood deal. AceShowbiz quoted Iger saying, “We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include ‘X-Men’, ‘Fantastic Four’ and ‘Deadpool’.” The announced deal is a massive turnaround for Marvel as the company can finally reclaim many of its lost characters after it licensed them out to prevent bankruptcy in the 1990s. Iger also addressed the potential of “Deadpool”, the R- rated Marvel franchise at Fox. “It (‘Deadpool’) clearly has been and will be Marvel branded. But we think there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like ‘Deadpool’.
As long as we let the audiences know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine,” he said. The MCU has already taken up “The Avengers” with “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Doctor Strange” and “Spider-Man” (now being played by Tom Holland). Disney also announced its ambitious plan to launch two streaming services by 2019 with a view to challenge giants such as Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook.