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Disney chief 'looking forward' to X-Men, FF, Deadpool in MCU, future of Avatar and Star Wars

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Dec 14, 2017

Now that the long-expected Disney acquisition of 20th Century Fox has taken place, plans are already being laid. Coming in at a cost of $52.4 billion, the deal comes with considerable assets, and Disney CEO Bob Iger is already setting his sights on some of our favorites.

Having already chimed in on Deadpool and R-ratings, Iger is also talking about bringing together some of the "most iconic" franchises of the modern age. 

According to Deadline, in an early morning call with investors, Iger said, “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." With four more Avatar films on the way, there's plenty of potential. 

Iger referenced already working with Avatar creator James Cameron on the Pandora: The World of Avatar expansion to Disney parks earlier this year, and mentioned he's "very excited to continue that relationship, especially related to the series of Avatar films he's currently working on." Does this mean that Cameron was already looped in on this deal? 

Iger didn't stop there, as the assets acquired go far beyond Avatar: "We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool..." he said, probably to the surprise of nobody. The X-Men and the Fantastic Four coming to the MCU has long been thought to be one of the major benefits of this deal, and Iger's words seemingly confirm as much.

Of course, that leaves one rather large Happabore in the middle of the room. But of course, Iger was sure to reference the Star Wars benefits, saying that they are "reuniting all of the Star Wars movies ever made under one roof, which opens new opportunities for that franchise."

What exactly does he mean by that? Technically, Fox still owned a piece of the original Star Wars, but that is no longer the case. Do the "opportunities" that Iger is describing here cover the never-dying fan dream of the original, untouched, non-special editions of the classic trilogy finally seeing the digital light of day? 

One thing above all is perfectly clear: This deal is going to mark a seismic shift in the industry... for good or ill, nothing will be the same after this. 

(via Deadline)