In case you're living under a rock today a monumental thing happened in the world of entertainment; Net Neutrality was killed...oh and some company got bought by some other bigger company (more on that later)...Anyway Net Neutrality means that everyone accesses the internet the same, so if I want to use Google for my searches I get the same speeds as someone who uses Bing and vice versa. However, now your internet service provider (or ISP) can play favorites and shift your use over to what they want. For example, my ISP is a small local company (so I won't deal with this as much). Say they decide to start their own search engine, and now they have incentive to make sure their search engine is the best. And without Net Neutrality in place, they can make sure sites like Google are slowed or even blocked in order to drive you to their website.
Also they can do this same practice based on which company pays a higher premium to the ISPs, forcing said companies to make up the difference by means of higher user fees. Say Netflix has to pay Time Warner millions of dollars a year in order to get the same level of streaming quality Hulu is allowed, in order to recoup that loss Netflix now needs to charge you the consumer more. This could also lead to something we occasionally see with television when a channel (in this case a website) is completely blocked off a specific provider as they "negotiate a contract" (code for someone being strong armed).
Luckily, the state I live in (and I assume other states as well) have put in place contingencies making it a state law for Net Neutrality to remain, but this vote just set a very dangerous precedent for Democracy; it is now legal for someone with a personal stake in a major company to repeal a law that is in the way of said company making more money.
Now for the other big news today; Disney bought Fox. This is huge, but I want to play devil's advocate for a bit and go over the good, the bad, and the ugly of this deal as it is a big deal for more than just Comic Book fans.
For starters, yes this does mean that the Avengers, Fantastic Four, and the X-Men can finally be reunited. But this comes with some problems. Chief among them is continuity. The X-Men movie franchise has gone for most of my life, I have found enjoyment with it and even uphold that Logan is the greatest comic book movie of all time. Now I know the X-Men continuity is currently complex, and honestly thanks to their new period piece approach the new timeline can be folded into the MCU with reletive ease...but Logan poses a problem. Logan is set in a future without mutants, or Avengers, or Inhumans...something they can't sweep under the rug. Now true they can simply make a brief mention of Wolverine and call it good...but that to me seems like a betrayal to everything that movie represented. Not only that, but the X-Men movies are known for being more risky than others, they gave us the R-Rated Deadpool, the in continuity reboot, they even are making a horror movie that will come out next year. So in my opinion, I would like to see the two remain parallel universes rather than merge just yet...but with some groundwork (and a cameo from Hugh Jackman) this could eventually work out.
On the flip side, the Fantastic Four have been mistreated far too long, and would fit in pretty well for what I'm calling the MCU's "Second story" (Everything post Phase 4). Not only that, but now we have a Big Bad in Galactus that can compare to Thanos.
Aside from comic book movies, Disney now has the rights to the original releases of Star Wars, something that hasn't been seen in forever. Meaning we can now get the original cuts of the original trilogy and "fans" can finally stop bitching about how Star Wars is a massive dumpster fire thanks to Lucas' meddling (if you have the mindset that only 2 out of 8 Star Wars movies are good; you're not a fan, you liked a movie). While this is good, Disney now also has the distribution rights to other movies as well. Meaning they can rerelease movies Fox let gather dust. However, and I know I'm not alone in this thinking, but when I go to buy a movie it always upsets me that the "Sale Price" for Disney is more expensive than the regular price of other movies...and they don't include all the partsof the combo most have. This is a minor inconvenience, but it's still an inconvenience.
Now for the thing that really concerns me...restructuring. It is not uncommon for a company after a buyout to fire the old guard...and in recent years Disney has proven they like to start from scratch...They buy Marvel, all the shows current cartoons get cancelled; they buy Star Wars, they disband Lucasart and remove the extended universe from cannon. What this could mean for Fox is that the X-Men as we currently know them are in jeopardy, this means movies AND shows. Marvel has made it clear with their MCU that everything is connected, and if they want to fold in the X-Men, this could mean Legion and The Gifted may be on the chopping block. It could also mean a possible reboot for the Planet of The Apes franchise. Another problem that could come out of this is that Disney has a history of over-saturation, for example we're getting a new Star Wars movie every year for the next...forever. And we're getting so many Marvel movies a lot of average viewers are getting fatigued. Luckily Disney has also shown that they remain true to the brand without too much changes. Marvel wasn't ruined when Disney bought it, Star Wars produced the best movie in 30 years after being moved to the House of Mouse.
Next up is the streaming services. Disney is in the process of creating their very own streaming service to rival Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu...The massive advantage Disney has now is that they own not one, not two, but multiple entertainment juggernauts. Think about it, Disney now has Pixar, Disney, Marvel Studios, ABC, Freeform, Lucasfilm, Fox, FX, A&E, ESPN, Touchstone Pictures, History Channel, Lifetime, and Vice. Thus every show, movie, sporting event, whatever that was put out by any of those companies now has a strong possibility to be removed from all streaming sites and exclusive to Disney's new platform.
So in short, there is both good and bad with this deal. The good is they have shown time and time again they know what they're doing and the things we love will more than likely stay the things we love. The bad is that this is still a business, and Disney has also proven they like to do everything in their power to make as much as possible. Will this lead to a greatly expanded MCU? I both hope they do and don't at the same time. Will this mean the end of The Simpsons? God I hope not...but given the constant jokes about how greedy Disney is, it could mean some changes at least. Let me know what you think about the buyout or Net Neutrality down below.