Over at Hollywoodreporter.com, Georg Szalai and Paul Bond have an article which notes:
I’m not surprised by these developments. Disney has been on a roll of late, making buckets of money on their parks, their movies, and their TV shows. When Disney bought up Marvel Comics, they went on a further roll with the various Marvel Universe films featuring Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor.
Though Disney owned the characters published through Marvel Comics, it was Fox which had the rights to making movies featuring what were arguably the most prominent Marvel Comics characters: Spider-Man, X-Men, and The Fantastic Four.
Now, I’m not suggesting the only reason Disney targeted buying up Fox was to get all the Marvel characters’ movie rights under one umbrella, but given some of the loads o’ cash these films make, it had to be a consideration.
So, for those who long to see an Avengers vs. X-Men film, it looks like it could well be on the horizon.
On various boards, people who are fans of Disney’s Marvel films are happy for this possibility, but I’m rather disturbed by the whole thing.
Because we seem to be reaching a point these days where there exist one or two or three companies that control virtually all the entertainment being fed to us.
AT&T recently purchased Warner Brothers. Now Disney owns Fox.
I worry when we reach a point where there are so few companies responsible for so much. Will our entertainment get more and more bland?
I suppose its also possible that new, independent artists can catch fire, but given the size of the giants out there, how long before their concepts/ideas are bought out as well?
There is also this, found in the Disney/Fox article:
Disney has promised $2 billion in cost savings from the Fox takeover, with some in the industry expecting between 4,000-10,000 layoffs.