X-Men, Fantastic Four to join Marvel Cinematic Universe as Disney buys Fox

The Walt Disney Company announcing it has finalised a deal to buy Twenty-First Century Fox's film and television assets is huge news for superhero movie fans.

It means characters from X-Men and Fantastic Four will team up with those from the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy films as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Fox owns a slew of major movie brands, including Avatar, Alien, Planet of the Apes, Predator, Independence Day, Home Alone and Kingsman, let alone its TV brands.

But it's the Marvel brands that comic book fans will be most excited about.

Disney was quick to announce: "The agreement also provides Disney with the opportunity to reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love."

With the fourth Avengers film set to wrap production shortly, it's unlikely characters from X-Men or Fantastic Four will join that - but the MCU has surprised before and a post-credits stinger featuring them could be added later.