When Disney reported its last quarterly earnings in August, the company also announced that it would be launching an ESPN-branded streaming service in 2018 and a Disney-flagged one the following year, and pulling its films from Netflix in conjunction with that move. Disney would be starting out with less content than Netflix — but acquiring Fox’s film and TV studio would certainly help fill that gap. Mike Kelly, a former Weather Channel CEO and longtime media exec who is currently CEO of Kelly Newman Ventures, told TheWrap that buying those Fox properties would give Disney a stronger base on which to build its burgeoning digital business, which is a matter of necessity for traditional media companies in 2017.
Disney is acquiring 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion (£39bn) bringing hit franchises such as X-Men, Avatar, and The Simpsons into the House of Mouse.
Unofficial Trump advisor Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter didn't think "girl" superhero toys would sell, according to sources close to the studio.
Marvel fans are abuzz on social media over the possibility that the Disney-Fox merger could reunite characters from “X-Men” with the MCU. Twenty-First Century Fox has engaged in talks to potentially sell most of the company to Disney, CNBC reported Monday. In addition international assets, such as Star and BSkyB, he reported that Disney is seeking to add entertainment networks such as FX and Nat Geo.
At a time when many blockbuster franchises are sputtering — the domestic gross for this year’s “Pirates of Caribbean” sequel fell 29 percent from the last installment’s, while “Transformers: The Last Knight” fell a staggering 47 percent — the Marvel Cinematic Universe has continued to dominate at the box office. This weekend, the 17th film in the series, “Thor: Ragnarok,” earned the biggest opening at the box office in two months: a $121 million domestic start and a running global total of $427 million. With that result, the MCU has now made $5 billion in lifetime domestic grosses — and $13 billion worldwide since “Iron Man” launched the series nearly a decade ago.
Now that “Thor: Ragnarok” is out, there’s only one movie left in the Marvel Cinematic Universe between us and “Avengers: Infinity War” — February’s “Black Panther.” Nearly all the pieces appear to be in place for Thanos (Josh Brolin) to make his big move and wage all-out war on Earth and the Avengers. There are six Infinity Stones in all, and Thanos’ plan is to use a cool golden glove called the Infinity gauntlet to channel the power of the stones to wield essentially unlimited power over time, space and the beings that inhabit them.
Disney-Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok should dominate the early November box office with $100 million or more in its opening weekend in North America, early projections are showing.
Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok” features the brand’s first openly-LGBT superhero. Actress Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the new film, revealed on Twitter that her character is bisexual.
Interviewing Jeff Goldblum is an impossible task, but we gave it a go anyway in a big to glean some information out of him about 'Thor: Ragnarok' and 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'.
'Thor: Ragnarok' director Taika Waititi explains to Yahoo why Thor has taken a turn for the funny, and how he managed to retain his signature voice on set.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has only had five female villains in its history, but Cate Blanchett's 'Thor: Ragnarok' antagonist could herald a new era of evil.