Mark your calendars.
Today is the day.
At midnight tonight, Disney will become an untouchable monopoly in the film industry.
Disney has finally closed the deal with 20th Century Fox. At the surface many comic book fans are excited because heroes like The X-Men, Deadpool and Fantastic Four are returning “home” to Marvel.
However, what does this mean for the other content in the 20th Century Fox library? What else has Disney acquired in this merger?
Well 20th Century Fox also has television programming. It will pick up Fox Animation titles such as The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burger’s. This also allows Disney to pick up Fox 21, which has The Americans, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and American Horror Story. No one realizes the amount of shows that the Fox library consists of and now Disney even owns series like Mash, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and 24. Disney made this move with the streaming service in mind. The company just added major television series to their library ahead of its release.
Yeah sure, it’s great that Marvel is getting their characters back but it also destroys a lot of what they worked on for the past 14 years. Do we really want a fresh cast for the X-Men? How can you replace actors like Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Hugh Jackman? It’s too soon. 20th Century Fox treated the X-Men so well and now all of that will be replaced in the next 10 years.
Disney has become a massive corporation that everyone should be afraid of. They will eventually own 70% of media consumption and will continuously knock down the competition. This merger means that there will be massive job cuts, unemployment and more control over creativity. Forget about the product for a moment and think about the thousands of workers who have worked for 20th Century Fox for years… where are they going?
Disney has become the production company bully and it feels like everyone has to love whatever they put out. The online critics are incredibly biased and have turned criticism and the average moviegoing experience into an unpleasant one. Disney used the excuse to buy back the X-Men for Marvel to cover up the fact that they were aiming for Fox’s TV catalogue for their own streaming service.
Disney will control creativity. Prepare for remakes and reboots in the next 10 years with the magical Disney touch. Prepare yourselves for a Deadpool that is marketed to children. Prepare for The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burger’s to change their brand. Disney also owns Avatar now, so be prepared for overly marketed sequels that NO ONE cares about.
This is where smaller production companies step in and take control of original content. Companies like Anna Purna, A24, EOne, NEON and Focus Features to name a few, all have to pay closer attention to the films they pick up. That’s why we as a film community need to appreciate and fight for Netflix as a streaming service because eventually Disney will buy it out too. Once Disney has steadied their streaming service, it will buyout the competition.
There’s going to be a massive shift in film content in the next decade and this merger is the start of something that could potentially ruin the industry as we know it.