Earlier today, the Rupert Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox put in a massive $80 billion takeover bid to purchase Time Warner, a move which would have put Fox superhero properties such as X-Men and The Fantastic Four under the same roof as Warner Bros.' DC properties Justice League and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although Time Warner rejected the bid, New York Times sources reveal that Fox will try to acquire the media conglomerate again.
If this deal were to happen, it would make Disney's acquisitions of Marvel and LucasFilm, which both cost $4 billion apiece, look like child's play in comparison, with the Fox/Time Warner deal valued at 10 times more than both the Marvel and LucasFilm deals combined. Of course, even if the 21st Century Fox/Time Warner sale does go through, there still may be a number of legal issues to sort out before X-Men and Justice League would face each other on the big screen.
Aside from a X-Men vs. Justice League movie, Business Week points out that the potential merger could be used to answer some questions that have plagued comic book fans for decades. Marvel's Quicksilver could possibly square off against DC's speedy equivalent, The Flash, to find out which is truly the fastest superhero, if both companies come together. The elastic abilities of Marvel's Mr. Fantastic and DC's Plastic Man could also be put to the test on the big screen, along with a telepathic showdown between Marvel's Professor X and DC's Martian Manhunter and a test of strength between DC's Superman and Marvel's Silver Surfer.