Disney now owns all of 20th Century Fox’s movie and TV franchises.
The House of Mouse’s take over of Fox’s movie studio has now gone through.
This had many people were excited because of what it meant for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The first thing that a lot of comic book fans thought was that the X-Men and The Fantastic Four were now coming back to Marvel.
However, I’ve been wondering whether this is really a good thing?
Is it a good thing that Disney now owns so many movie properties?
Let’s start answering this question by taking a look at which movie franchises Disney now controls.
There are 15 big movie franchises that Disney now owns, and this is unprecedented in Hollywood history.
Disney live-action remakes
Marvel Cinematic Universe
The Fantastic Four
Planet of the Apes
These are all very big movie franchises that are all now owned by Disney.
Is it a good thing to have so many franchises be controlled by one movie studio?
The simple answer to that question is, no, it’s not.
It’s actually pretty bad to have all of these movie franchise under one roof.
First off, Disney won’t have the time and probably the money to keep all of these franchises going.
It’s also created a monopoly, which tends to result in a decrease in quality.
Also, there are certain types of movies that Disney would never allow to be made.
Monopolies are bad for business
Take a look at a film like Logan or Deadpool.
These are two R-rated comic book movies that 20th Century Fox too risks on getting made.
Disney does not take risks. Just take Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker for evidence of this.
They make the movies that are guaranteed to make the most money and they don’t like pushing boundaries.
Pushing cinematic boundaries is not good for business.
The risk of having more misses than hits is not something Disney wants and to make profit more than anything else.
They care more about how much money a movie makes more than how good or thought-provoking a film is.
Disney can’t let these movie franchises die
They also don’t want to rock the boat. Near the end of its time, 20th Century Fox was seemingly greenlighting very risky movies.
This resulted in us getting some of the very best and intriguing blockbusters ever made.
Again, look at Logan, but also films like Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service.
Would Disney have ever allowed a movie like either of those films get made? I think not.
So, yes. We should be worried about Disney owning all of these movie franchises because monopolies are not good for creativity.
However, one thing that might happen is this will force other movie studios – Paramount Pictures and Universal Pictures, for instance – to start trying to make new franchises.
What should Disney do with these movie franchises?
They might want to start taking risks on developing new IP and that would be a very good thing.
Ultimately, all we can do is wait and see what will happen and hope that Disney doesn’t kill or run all of these movie franchises into the ground.
What do you think of this? Are you worried about Disney owning all of these important movie franchises?
Let us know in the comments below.
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