Bob Iger To Reportedly Stay On As Disney CEO Past 2019 To Help With Fox Transition As Talks Advance

Bob Iger To Reportedly Stay On As Disney CEO Past 2019 To Help With Fox Transition As Talks Advance

Bob Iger To Reportedly Stay On As Disney CEO Past 2019 To Help With Fox Transition As Talks Advance

It seems as though the reported Fox-Disney deal is imminent, and already preparations are being made to help move the process along.

Originally, Disney CEO Bob Iger was planning on stepping down in 2019, with some early reports hinting at the possibility of running for President of the United States in the 2020 election. Well, any rumors of that will certainly be dead now, as it seems that Iger isn't going quite just yet. CNBC is reporting that Iger will be sticking around to help for 2-3 years, extending his tenure into 2021-22. Under Iger, Disney acquired both Lucasfilm and Marvel Entertainment, and with asking prices for 21st Century Fox (along with subsidiaries such as National Geographic, FX, FXX, and a 30% share in Hulu) as high as 60 billion, this next reported deal dwarfs both of them combined. Rumors also say that James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch's son, is seen as a potential candidate to replace Iger after he steps down (with speculation that James' more liberal opinions making him a more appealing candidate to Iger, contrasting his famously conservative father).

There is no official word as how (or if) Disney might plan to integrate Fox's Marvel properties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe should the purchase go through, or if the X-Men and it's many planned spinoffs (such as Gambit, Deadpool, Multiple Man, New Mutants and X-Force), as well as a planned Fantastic Four reboot, will remain separated for now.

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