Should the X-Men franchise move to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
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Should the X-Men franchise move to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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Disney is attempting to buy Fox, which includes the rights to the X-Men, for $52.4 billion—but now, Comcast has made an all-cash bid for $65 billion. While Marvel fans were elated about the possibility of seeing X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they're now nervous about the deal falling through. Fans would love to finally see the X-Men cross paths with the Avengers. Others argue Fox is just hitting its creative stride, with mature-rated hits like "Logan" and "Deadpool." Disney could ruin that. What do you think?

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Disney and Fox struck a deal in December of 2016, and Marvel fans are hoping for an X-Men and Avengers crossover! Brooks Barnes of the New York Times reported:

The Walt Disney Company said on Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion.
While the agreement is subject to the approval of antitrust regulators — and the Justice Department recently moved to block a big media company, AT&T, from becoming even bigger — the once unthinkable acquisition promises to reshape Hollywood and Silicon Valley. It is the biggest counterattack from a traditional media company against the tech giants that have aggressively moved into the entertainment business.

But according to CNN, Comcast recently made a bid of $65 billion in cash for most of Fox, throwing a monkey wrench into any plans to have the X-Men join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jill Disis reports: 

The company on Wednesday formalized a $65 billion all-cash bid for most of Fox. It's a dramatic attempt to thwart Disney, which reached a $52.4 billion deal in December for the same film and TV assets.
Comcast's (CMCSA) move came one day after a federal judge approved AT&T (T)'s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner (TWX). The Justice Department had sued to stop the deal. (CNN is a unit of Time Warner.)
The Comcast offer sets the stage for a high-stakes bidding war between two of the biggest players in media and telecom. Both Comcast and Disney (DIS) are eager to buy Fox to bolster their positions in a changing industry.

Marvel geeks have been longing for a crossover between the "X-Men" and "The Avengers" franchises. Others simply want to see the X-Men part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hugh Jackman told Screenrant he'd be interested in playing Wolverine again under the MCU. He said:

If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know.

Screenrant's Molly Freeman writes that the "X-Men" franchise joining the MCU would be bad for fans. Fox has "Deadpool 2," "The New Mutants" and "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" coming next year. Several other X-Men-related movies are in the works.

So then, if Fox were to be acquired by Disney, what would happen to this X-Men franchise? Well, the 2018 movies would likely be released, since a deal of this magnitude would take time to finalize, but the fates of the other films would be in question. Marvel Studios may choose to scrap everything in development so as to bring the X-Men into the MCU – though that wouldn’t happen until Phase 4 launches in 2019 since their movies up to that point are all planned and in various stages of development.

Ever since the talk of Disney buying Fox became public, fans have been excited about the X-Men potentially joining the MCU.

But the Comcast bid is making Marvel fans nervous. 

According to Comic Book Movie's Josh Wilding, there's still hope for X-Men to end up in the MCU—regardless of what happens. He writes:

As we learned last night, Comcast has entered into a bidding war with Disney for Fox's assets. While that doesn't necessarily mean that the Disney/Fox merger is dead, it sounds like the studio will be cancelling its July 10th meeting with stockholders to discuss it and we're now forced to wait and see whether or not Disney will attempt to outbid their rivals and secure the company's core assets.
There is still some hope, though, as one analyst believes that we could see the two corporations ultimately split Fox's assets with Disney getting the film and television studio and Comcast gaining Sky.
"We would expect Disney to at least match Comcast by adding cash, and Comcast to appease [Rupert] Murdoch’s tax concerns by offering stock, and some back and forth raising the deal bid," B. Riley analyst Barton Crockett explains when asked about where things go next. "Barring a third entrant (Internet/tech is possible), we would see the most sensible outcome as splitting the baby, with Comcast getting Sky (which we see as its main goal) and Disney getting most of the rest."

But others actually love the direction the "X-Men" franchise is heading in over at 20th Century Fox. Maybe right now isn't the best time to restructure the X-Men or the MCU.

It's an unpopular opinion, but some are even rooting for Comcast.

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