Disney announced on Thursday that it would acquire much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, which would include the “X-Men” and “Deadpool” properties and make it possible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include those characters in their cinematic fold.
In response, Fox’s “Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted a picture of himself being escorted out of Disneyland with the caption, “Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn.” (See it below.) Yes Ryan, it’s a ride, not an actual horn.
James Gunn, writer/director of Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” films, took to Twitter to say, “While there are many aspects to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s assets, I am personally incredibly happy about it, for obvious reason. Welcome home, old friends.”
James L. Brooks, the writer and creator of “The Simpsons,” which will now also be under the Disney umbrella because of the merger, tweeted, “Simpsons say ‘hi’ to Mickey with respect (he’s a lot older than we are).”
On Thursday, Disney officially acquired much of 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion in stock, with the mammoth deal closing after more than a month of talks.
The buyout infuses the Mouse House with a bevy of Fox properties, including its film and TV studios and much of its non-broadcast television business, including FX, regional sports networks and Nat Geo, among other channels. Properties like “X-Men,” “Fantastic Four” and “Deadpool” will return to the Marvel family at Disney, alongside “Avatar” and “The Simpsons.”
The acquisition has some industry experts predicting to TheWrap it makes Disney the “most powerful company” in Hollywood.
See Hollywood’s reactions to the merger below. We’ll update with more reactions as they are posted.
Apparently you can’t actually blow the Matterhorn. pic.twitter.com/2bEAAcZrUv
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 14, 2017
While there are many aspects to Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s assets, I am personally incredibly happy about it, for obvious reason.
Welcome home, old friends. ???? https://t.co/MpQHEnOTVL
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) December 14, 2017
Simpsons say “hi” to Mickey with respect (he’s a lot older than we are) pic.twitter.com/bD6wTZebas
— james l. brooks (@canyonjim) December 14, 2017
I love how Disney said to Fox, "We'll take ALL of it… Except for Fox News that's some dog shit right there."
— George Wallace (@MrGeorgeWallace) December 14, 2017
Here’s why I am happy about it— the studio will no longer be owned by the Murdoch’s who are toxic to our country and government because they are part of a propaganda arm which has no interest in anything but making them richer. Hopefully, overall, less movies won’t be made. https://t.co/58oeBuUmQS
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 14, 2017