#1 Edited by huser (1105 posts) -

So apparently this might be a thing as reported on CNN.

Now the obvious thing is that the media mogul of Tomorrow Never Dies would no longer be a thinly disguised version of Murdoch. Dude would just about literally be that powerful if this goes through. And of course what to do with CNN in the hands of Fox. Those are much bigger, important things to worry about. But here's my question.

Anyone have any idea on how this would affect Fox's contract with Marvel? I would assume it wouldn't have any language in there specifically preventing it (because back in the 90's when it was made this whole scenario of Fox even making Xmen movies in 2014 likely was a longshot let alone this news) but it might involve rolling rights back to Marvel, maybe.

Bigger idea, layers of what ifs before it could even be a thing...would it be possible in a strange quirk of multimedia rights to crossover DC (which is owned by Time Warner) characters with the Xmen or Fantastic 4?

#2 Edited by RollingZeppelin (2104 posts) -

Seems like something for the lawyers to iron out.

#3 Edited by EXTomar (4940 posts) -

I don't believe you should be worried about the next X-Men movies. You should be worried about one of the largest news/media companies in the US is trying to own one of the largest content pipelines in the US.

#4 Posted by Corevi (4788 posts) -
@extomar said:

I don't believe you should be worried about the next X-Men movies. You should be worried about one of the largest news/media companies in the US is trying to own one of the largest content pipelines in the US.

Fox News' Monday Night Nitro

#5 Posted by Mcfart (1728 posts) -
@extomar said:

I don't believe you should be worried about the next X-Men movies. You should be worried about one of the largest news/media companies in the US is trying to own one of the largest content pipelines in the US.

Fox News' Monday Night Nitro

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#6 Edited by EXTomar (4940 posts) -

@corruptedevil said:
@extomar said:

I don't believe you should be worried about the next X-Men movies. You should be worried about one of the largest news/media companies in the US is trying to own one of the largest content pipelines in the US.

Fox News' Monday Night Nitro

The way news is going this way it is kind of like wrestling commentators. "How wrong is this guy? Man he is so wrong brother! HEY YOOOO!"

#7 Posted by huser (1105 posts) -

@extomar said:

I don't believe you should be worried about the next X-Men movies. You should be worried about one of the largest news/media companies in the US is trying to own one of the largest content pipelines in the US.

I definitely don't disagree. I picked that Bond flick for a reason. Obviously an overstatement of the risk in that, but it's not a trivial risk at all, certainly with the likely folding of CNN as a starting point and as you said the marshalling of Time Warner to push Murdoch's agendas. It's just my question was what popped into my head first.

#8 Posted by Dalai (7069 posts) -

@extomar said:

I don't believe you should be worried about the next X-Men movies. You should be worried about one of the largest news/media companies in the US is trying to own one of the largest content pipelines in the US.

Meh, it's been done before.

#9 Posted by spraynardtatum (3643 posts) -

A lot of massive moves among billion dollar corporations recently. Time Warner is such a slut right now amiright?

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#10 Posted by Hailinel (25205 posts) -

A lot of massive moves among billion dollar corporations recently. Time Warner is such a slut right now amiright?

Well, they did merge with AOL many years ago, only to drop them like a rock once they realized what they had bought into.

This deal isn't finalized, so there's not much to worry about (yet). But it does further cement my mental image of Murdoch as a power-mad old coot hellbent on controlling as much of the world as possible before his pact with the devil expires and he turns to dust.

#11 Posted by graf1k (437 posts) -

According to the article they'd have to sell CNN before a merger could happen.

How does Murdoch have $80b?! I'm sure it's mostly stock and whatnot but still. News Corp itself is not even worth that last time I checked.

#12 Posted by XChairmanDrekX (310 posts) -

Well Time Warner can't get any worse, so I say bring this on.

#13 Posted by EXTomar (4940 posts) -

@dalai said:

@extomar said:

I don't believe you should be worried about the next X-Men movies. You should be worried about one of the largest news/media companies in the US is trying to own one of the largest content pipelines in the US.

Meh, it's been done before.

And look how well that went. It isn't so much something "nefarious" will happen (although wrestling style new coverage is an amusing thought) but that the merger to NBCUniversal seemed to leave us with the shell of its former self. It is basically an expensive change in business instead of a value add.