Ryan Reynolds pokes fun at Disney's merger with Fox on Twitter

Ryan Reynolds pokes fun at Disney's merger with Fox on Twitter

Disney just got itself on the top by getting its hands on much of the stock of Fox and that brings some of the biggest TV shows under the blanket of Disney

Disney had been in talks with 21st Century Fox for a long time until recently they announced that they will be acquiring $52.4 billion in stock from Fox. This deal will also include the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” properties, which means it will pave way for Marvel's cinematic universe to come under the umbrella of Disney.  

This means that a variety of shows and movies that were previously linked to Fox will soon be taken over by Disney itself. In order to comment on this merger in his own humorous way, Ryan Reynolds shared a picture of him as Deadpool and wrote, “Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn.”

However, he was not the only one to come forward and comment on the current merger. James Gunn, writer/director of Disney-Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy films, took to Twitter to say, “While there are many aspects to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s assets, I am personally incredibly happy about it, for obvious reason. Welcome home, old friends.”

Even the Simpsons were not far behind with their wishes. James L Brooks, the writer and creator of The Simpsons, wrote, "Simpsons say ‘hi’ to Mickey with respect (he’s a lot older than we are).” He also shared a picture of Homer Simpson choking Mickey to express love in the most Simpson way possible. 

In an interview with The WrapRoss Gerber, CEO of Gerber Kawasaki Wealth and Investment, agreed that by taking over Fox, Disney is setting up an entirely new position for itself. It was believed that along with Fox films and TV productions, Disney would also acquire non-broadcast TV business such as FX, regional sports networks, Nat Geo and others.  

While, some of the other networks of Fox such as Fox News, Fox Business, and Fox Sports would remain with Rupert Murdoch-controlled Fox. Many believe that one of the main reasons for the merger is Disney's decision of launching their own streaming service in 2019 to compete with Netflix.  

Disney has already started removing its content from Netflix and this merger acts as a reassurance that the company has something big planned for the future. “To get these [Fox] assets under one roof creates an incredibly powerful content creator, with new avenues of distribution,” Gerber said. 

“To control the assets — the [intellectual property], the studios, FX and the other channels — would make Disney the most powerful company in the entertainment industry. And I think Netflix has a lot to be scared of moving forward," he continued. 

Among the many TV shows and film franchise, the top-rated show such as Empire and The Simpsons, along with Planet of the Apes and Alien is said to bring huge profits in the pocket of the company as they are the highest grossing shows of the channel.  

Meanwhile, there is also a probability that Disney won't require to set up their standalone streaming line as their merger gives them 60 controlling stakes over Hulu. This would allow them with an option of creating Hulu as their streaming service. 

“Disney can essentially make Hulu its streaming service,” Gerber said. “And by having the Fox assets, plus the Disney assets, plus Hulu, essentially they’ve got content and distribution all in one place and they don’t need to build a standalone streaming service again.”

On the other hand, Disney owns all the rights to Marvel franchises, such as The X-Men, Deadpool and The Fantastic Four. This means they have all the rights to every Marvel superhero currently under Fox’s banner. For some directors, it seems to be a good news while for others, not so much. 

For instance, when asked in an interview with Deadline about what he thinks the merger would mean for the films, Logan director James Mangold said, "If they’re actually changing their mandate, if what they’re supposed to do alters, that would be sad to me because it just means fewer movies." 

“The real thing that happens when you make a movie rated R, behind the scenes, is that the studio has to adjust to the reality that there will be no Happy Meals. There will be no action figures," Mangold continued. It will be interesting to see how Disney plans to renovate itself with the new addition in the family.

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