It's official! Disney is buying 20th Century Fox - here's 8 things that could happen

UPDATE: After much talk and speculation it's been revealed that Disney will indeed buy 20th Century Fox (as well as some other entertainment and sports assets from Rupert Murdoch’s empire) for a whopping $52.4 billion.

"The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before," said Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger.

Why should you care, you ask? Because the merging of these two entertainment power houses might mean we'll be getting some interesting movie and TV spin-offs in years to come. Deadpool in the MCU? Yes please! Read on for eight things that could happen in the world of entertainment now Disney owns Fox. 

ORIGINAL: It’s not often we can get excited about one mega-corporation buying another, but 20th Century Fox holding talks over being bought by Disney is different. Very different. Not only would it cut the red tape tying up some of our favourite characters, it also holds several exciting possibilities for Deadpool, the X-Men, and plenty of other superheroes. 

As reported by CNBC, talks are still at the early stages – and are currently on hold – but should things go ahead we could see some major changes in the superhero movie genre. Here’s why you should be excited...

Deadpool in the MCU

Thought Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy was as funny as the MCU could get? Imagine Deadpool along for the ride. Not only could The Merc with a Mouth interact with more big-name superheroes (I can already see Tony Stark eye-rolling his way through a scene with him), it opens up even sillier avenues for the MCU. Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe, anyone?

Read more: The first Deadpool 2 teaser is here and it's got butts

An *actually* good Fantastic Four movie

Fantastic Four has drawn the short straw for some time now. Its latest reboot was a poor effort and – as Spider-Man: Homecoming proved – the MCU is the best place to generate some goodwill for costumed heroes stuck in limbo. Mostly, though, I want a fight between Hulk and The Thing.

Read more: Michael B. Jordan says Fantastic Four was a "lesson" for him

X-Men Universe rebooted

If you’re one of the half-dozen or so people who can make sense of the current X-Men universe then fair play to you. For the rest of us, we’ll breathe a lot easier when the mutant team gets back to basics: re-introduce the core team, embed them into the MCU (but not too heavily), and definitely take some inspiration from the comics.

Read more: The secret to saving the X-Men movie franchise is hidden in the comics - here’s how to do it

A new Wolverine

Logan saw Hugh Jackman hang up the claws (for now) as Wolverine, so what better time to introduce a new Wolvie than with the completely clean slate Fox’s acquisition would present? I’m already getting a bit too excited thinking about a Marvel post-credits scene with a snikt and the reveal of Wolverine’s claws.

Read more: 5 questions I have after watching Logan

Star Wars getting *that* theme song back

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is surely going to be great but it’ll be missing one key component: the Star Wars’ opening theme. Luckily for Star Wars 9, there’s a chance Disney could re-acquire the rights to that piece of iconic music if they buy Fox. All together now: da-da-da-na-na-na-na

Read more: Want to listen to Porgs sing the Star Wars theme? Of course you do!

Other company collaborations. Hello Universal!

Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox both coming under the Disney umbrella may (hopefully) pave the way for other companies to offer some collaboration. Universal aren’t playing ball with the Hulk rights and Spidey’s deal with Sony means the webhead’s future in the MCU is uncertain at best. Mega-corporations might be a bit dystopian but, hey, if we can get a Planet Hulk movie then I’ll be able to stomach our new Mickey Mouse overlords.

Read more: An incredible comeback: The turbulent history behind Hulk's transition to the big screen

The greatest crossover movie EVER!

Thanos + Galactus + Fantastic Four + X-Men + Deadpool + The Avengers. Need I say more?

Read More: Everything you need to know about Avengers: Infinity War so far

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Bradley Russell

I'm the Senior Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, focusing on news, features, and interviews with some of the biggest names in film and TV. On-site, you'll find me marveling at Marvel and providing analysis and room temperature takes on the newest films, Star Wars and, of course, anime. Outside of GR, I love getting lost in a good 100-hour JRPG, Warzone, and kicking back on the (virtual) field with Football Manager. My work has also been featured in OPM, FourFourTwo, and Game Revolution.