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Sony Enters Bidding War For 20th Century Fox Assets, Including X-Men Franchise

Rain Varela | PopWrapped Author

Rain Varela

Staff Writer
11/18/2017 9:04 pm
PopWrapped | Movies
Sony Enters Bidding War For 20th Century Fox Assets, Including X-Men Franchise | x-men
Media Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly/20th Century Fox

Looks like everyone wants a piece of 20th Century Fox.

After news came out that Disney was eyeing certain parts of the media conglomerate including the television and film production studios, other companies have started to come out of the woodwork to say that they are also interested.

Recently Comcast opened up negotiations with Fox and, now Sony is throwing its hat into the already crowded bidding war. Which is pretty significant since Sony owns the Spider-Man franchise, while Fox holds that of X-Men. Both are part of the Marvel comic book universe but have not appeared together in the big screen due to rival studios owning the film rights.

Original bidder Walt Disney Studios meanwhile owns Marvel Studios which own the rights for most Marvel characters and their takeover bid was welcomed by fans since it will reunite a larger portion of the counterpart comic book universe. However, the negotiations between Fox and Disney seem to have stalled.

That leaves Sony which according to Variety is in the "very preliminary stages" of negotiations with Fox. That isn't really a bad thing for Marvel fans since we all know that Sony and Disney are fully capable of sharing their superhero franchises with each other.

Spider-Man was rebooted and the new character played by Tom Holland made his first crossover debut in last year's Captain America: Civil War by Marvel Studios. While Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming premiered in June of this year with Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man and Chris Evan's Captain America making appearances as part of the sharing deal.

If Sony is successful in their bid, the mutants of the X-Men franchise could potentially not only team-up with Spider-Man but with the Avengers as well. There is also an added bonus since Fox also own the film rights to Fantastic Four. Originally, Fox had the idea of joining this team with the X-Men at a later date, but 2015's Fantastic Four  was a critical and box office failure so plans were shelved.

Are you excited of the prospect of the full Marvel Comic Universe finally coming together on screen? Lets just hope that if Sony gets it, they will be able to not just join forces once again with Marvel Studios, but are also able to handle the material properly. 


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