As of 12:02 a.m. EDT on March 20, 2019 The Walt Disney Company now owns 21st Century Fox! It's felt like forever since the proposal started in December 2017, but Disney has acquired most of Fox’s film and television production and distribution businesses for $71.3 billion.
This is what Disney CEO Bob Iger had to say on the deal coming to a close:
“This is an extraordinary and historic moment for us—one that will create significant long-term value for our company and our shareholders. Combining Disney’s and 21st Century Fox’s wealth of creative content and proven talent creates the preeminent global entertainment company, well positioned to lead in an incredibly dynamic and transformative era."
Now you are probably wondering what this all means for us the fans are here is everything Disney will have the rights to now that it has acquired 21st Century Fox:
- Marvel Properties Including the X-Men, Wolverine Deadpool, Galactus, The Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Doctor Doom, Legion, and The Gifted
- The Avatar franchise
- The Planet of the Apes franchise
- The Die Hard franchise
- The Aliens franchise (Yes that means the Xenomorph Queen is technically a Disney princess)
- The Predator franchise
- The Simpsons
- Family Guy
- The Ice Age franchise
- The Kingsman franchise
- The Night at the Museum franchise
- The Home Alone franchise
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- The X-Files
- FX, FXM, and FXX Programming including Atlanta, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Archer, American Horror Story, and more
- Fox's stake in Hulu
Disney has already updated it's header for it's main company website, which you can see above, so you already know they are going to boast about owning all these properties, but on the bright spot we at least can get a ton more Marvel properties in the MCU. Also you may be wondering why we didn't include The Fantastic Four and it is because 21st Century Fox didn't have the complete rights to the franchise.
Even Ryan Reynolds is hyped to become a part of the "House of Mouse." Check out his reaction to the merger below.