X-Men, Fantastic Four join Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney's acquisition of Fox

IANS

Dec 17, 2017 15:17:18 IST

Los Angeles: More superheroes films, including X-Men and Fantastic Four, have been added in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), following Disney's acquisition of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox.

Fantastic Four, X-Men. Images from Twitter.

Fantastic Four, X-Men. Images from Twitter.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has announced that the company has reached a deal with Fox, buying select assets of the latter for $52.4 billion in stock, reports aceshowbiz.com.

He said: "We're also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool."

The Disney-Fox deal is a huge move as Marvel can finally reclaim many of the characters it lost in the 1990s after it licensed them out to prevent bankruptcy.

The respective characters from the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes will now join the MCU, which has already teamed The Avengers with Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man. 

Iger also spoke on the future 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 . As long as we let the audiences know what's coming, we think we can manage that fine," said Iger.

In addition, Disney has announced a plan to launch two streaming services by 2019.

The company will now have the power to challenge streaming giants like Netflix, Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook.

Updated Date: Dec 17, 2017 15:17:18 IST