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Should Fans and Filmmakers Be Worried by the Disney-Fox Merger?

It’s official, Disney has purchased 20th Century Fox, and with it a multitude of properties like The X-Files, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the X-Men. But is this mega-merger a good thing for fans and filmmakers, or is this too much power for one studio to have? We discussed all of the fallout from this deal on today’s Nerdist News Talks Back.

Helping host Jessica Chobot to break it all down today was Nerdist senior editor Dan Casey, Mothership writer Amy Vorpahl, and Bizarre States’ Andrew Bowser. They started with their overall reactions to this massive consolidation of Hollywood power (that of course The Simpsons predicted nearly 20 years ago). But how much should Marvel incorporate the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU? And which Fox characters should immediately become Disney princesses? (Besides the Xenomorph queen, obviously.)

Might this merger have a chilling effect on smaller directors and creators though? Will Disney now pull all of its content from Hulu? With so many broadcast and cable properties being involved in this, how could it effect the TV landscape going forward? Are we going to see Mulder and Scully walking around Disneyland now?

But for all of our worries, are there any silver-linings to this deal? What are the biggest potential positives for fans and storytellers? And who is the biggest challenger out there now who can help keep Disney in check?

Don’t forget Nerdist News Talks Back airs live on our YouTube and Alpha channels every weekday 1:00 p.m. PT, so you can join in on the conversation with us. And make sure you check out today’s episode of Nerdist News where we’re breakdown what this merger means for Deadpool.

And don’t worry, we can say whatever we want about it, good or bad, because Disney doesn’t own us. Yet.

What is your reaction to this deal? Is it a good thing or not? Tell us why in the comments below.

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