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‘The Simpsons’ & ‘Deadpool’ Humorously Congratulate Disney On Full Fox Takeover
By Mikelle Leow, 20 Mar 2019
Image via Al Jean, executive producer and writer of ‘The Simpsons’.
A little over a year in the making, Disney finally completed its takeover of 21st Century Fox early Wednesday. The US$71 billion deal entails Fox’s movie and television businesses, in addition to a 60-percent stake in streaming service Hulu and other offerings.
Earlier, fans raised their eyebrows upon receiving news of a possible acquisition by the conglomerate, wondering how Disney’s involvement might bode for classics like X-Men. Their minds wandered: would ‘Wolverine’ be dressed in a Marvel Studios-style suit, or might he be played by former Disney heartthrob Zac Efron?
Now that a full merger has taken place, Ryan Reynolds, who plays Marvel’s ‘Deadpool’, has congratulated the enterprise for the successful acquisition.
On his social media accounts, the actor shares a photo of ‘Deadpool’ in a Disney-branded school—or “‘Pool”—bus. The character is also seen in a ‘Mickey Mouse’ hat.
“Feels like the first day of ‘Pool,” he quips.
Another not-so-kid-friendly show of Fox’s, The Simpsons, has also responded to the news. The tribute comes from Al Jean, the executive producer of the animated series and its writer for 30 years, who has posted a pretty graphic artwork—at least by Disney’s standards—of ‘Homer’ strangling ‘Mickey’.
While audiences might feel a shift in the entertainment landscape, employees of 21st Century Fox might stand to suffer the most from the merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter, about 4,000 workers might be laid off as Disney projects US$2 billion in cost savings. Employees affected could comprise those from overlapping divisions like marketing, home entertainment, and distribution.
[via Mashable, images via various sources]
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