Disney is reportedly eyeing a deal to buy 21st Century Fox, and comic book fans have a lot of feelings about it. Finally, the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Avengers could be all under one roof -- but not everyone thinks that's a good thing. Disney would purchase a large portion of Fox. Fox News and Fox's broadcast TV network are not up for grabs, but the movie studio 20th Century Fox and entertainment networks like FX and National Geographic would be part of the deal. Before Marvel Studios, which is owned by Disney and produces the "Avengers" flicks, was created, Marvel Comics sold the movie rights to several comic book characters.
For Star Wars and Marvel fans who still prefer DVDs and Blu-Rays over digital, you might not be able to shop at Amazon for your physical media needs. That's because the online giant has made a number of recent Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe DVD and Blu-Ray titles to be Prime exclusives. According to The Verge, the Prime exclusive list includes the following titles: The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, Ant-Man, The Avengers, Captain America: First Avenger, Winter Soldier, Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Iron Man 3, Spiderman: Homecoming, Thor: The Dark World and Ragnarok. Some, like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 1 and 2 don't appear to be exclusives. We've reached out to Amazon to get a full list of titles, as well as to know just how long the exclusivity will last.
"Star Wars" and the Marvel comic-book movies will join Disney's upcoming streaming service, potentially giving it broader appeal beyond families with young children. The Disney service will be the only place to stream those movies on demand in the U.S. as part of a monthly subscription. A price hasn't been announced yet. The service is expected in late 2019 after Disney's current deal with Netflix expires. Previously Disney announced the inclusion of just Disney and Pixar movies and Disney TV shows.
It's not really a Marvel movie without a Stan Lee cameo, and apparently that rule goes for theme park rides too. The Marvel Comics legend is a part of the new Guardians of the Galaxy - Mission: Breakout! An Instagram user published a photo from the attraction, which opened to the public Saturday at Disney California Adventure, revealing that Lee appears in the lobby. According to the several social media posts, park goers were waiting in line for over five hours to try the new Guardians of the Galaxy ride, so they had plenty of time to check out the fascinating lobby. Luckily, there's tons of Easter eggs to keep audiences entertained while waiting for the drop tower, which used to be the Tower of Terror.
We all know The Avengers by now - Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the rest. But now Disney is looking for a new set of superheroes to follow in their cinematic footsteps after 2019. That's when Avengers 4 is due out, and many of the stars' contracts expire. Work is being done to bring "a new franchise" from Marvel comics to the movies, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. The company has already had major cinema success with Guardians of the Galaxy, a relatively obscure name before Chris Pratt and co hit screens in 2014.