We’ve been saying for about a year that the Disney-Fox merger wouldn’t likely be completed until the summer of 2019 and an official government document seemingly reaffirms this.
A new SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) filing from Disney on the official SEC website has revealed that the acquisition of 21st Century Fox could take a little longer than previously suggested to close. The filing certainly says “before June” but the closing dates reported by industry trades had recently shifted from January to March, and this filing suggests could even take longer than that.
It’s just safer to assume May/June is likely when things will be finalized.
This would line-up with previous comments from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, who stated to Variety they wouldn’t be able to start developing ideas for those Fox characters until the summer at the latest.
Feige says he hasn’t been given the official green light to start developing stories within the MCU for these characters yet, but he expects to start digging in soon.
“We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year,” Feige says. “The notion of the characters coming back is great. It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters. It’s unusual not to. But in terms of actually thinking about it and actually planning things, we haven’t started that yet.”
The multiple unconfirmed rumblings of X-Men cameos in Avengers: Endgame would certainly be debunked if the closing doesn’t take place until after the release of the film, which is set to drop on April 26.
Many fans and websites seem to unaware that during the merger process Disney and Fox aren’t legally allowed to coordinate on projects until the closing. I wouldn’t hold my breath about seeing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the film, but that would be more common sense since the actor has retired from the role and Marvel Studios is looking to recast/reboot the main X-Men franchise (including Wolverine) to fit the MCU timeline and would want actors to be able to commit to at least ten years (Jackman doesn’t fit that bill).
It’s almost like the $71.3 billion merger itself has little or nothing to do with Avengers: Endgame cameos/Easter Eggs and more to do with Disney spending that massive amount of money to acquire a major media company to expand their audience.
Some of the future projects that Marvel Studios and Disney seem to be interested in include Deadpool 3/X-Force, Vice’s Adam McKay possibly making a Silver Surfer movie, and it’s been rumored that we could potentially see some Disney+ shows.
SOURCE: THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY/SEC