Comcast is back for Fox as they are now looking to conjure up a “superior” deal to counter Disney’s offer. It seemed that we were inches away from seeing the X-Men and the Avengers in same screen due to the Disney-Fox deal for Disney to acquire the rights of several Fox properties including their comic book characters. Those prospect were stopped when Comcast entered the mix with a $60 billion deal to counter Disney’s $52.4 billion deal.
Back in December, Fox went with Disney’s offer despite the giant sum the cable giant threw their way. This was mostly due to the absence of a break-up fee in Comcast’s offer that may cause some troubles in the future. Comcast is relentless however, as they are now considering and preparing to make what it called a “superior” all-cash bid.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Comcast Corp., which owns NBCUniversal made a statement on Wednesday:
“Any offer for Fox would be all-cash and at a premium to the value of the current all-share offer from Disney. The structure and terms of any offer by Comcast, including with respect to both the spinoff of ‘New Fox’ and the regulatory risk provisions and the related termination fee, would be at least as favorable to Fox shareholders as the Disney offer”
There’s a lot of financial mumbo-jumbo going around along with a lot of pleasant talk to mask the wolves underneath these corporate brands but it does seem like Comcast is going all out to acquire these properties. In case you’re wondering “New Fox” would revolve around the remains of Fox after the deal with either company such as Fox News and Fox Sports.
Everyone may be excited to hear of the deal between Disney and Fox, finally getting these heroes together in one screen especially since Spider-Man was recently added to the MCU but take into account that those are PG-13 properties. It’s still a wonder on what would happen to the Rated-R Merc with the Mouth, Deadpool. Disney did say the have plans for the character but it is unsure if it’ll align with the MCU despite plans for the X-Men and Fantastic Four to be a part of it.
There are plenty of reasons why Disney’s acquisition of the Fox properties could be a horrible idea despite all the possibilities we can conjure up in our heads. This Comcast deal could be the worst thing for fans or the best thing possible.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter