Who Will Disney Buy Next?

With the recent purchase of 20th Century Fox, Disney is now even more on top of the world than they already were. Not only do they have the rights to classic films like The Lion King and Snow White, but they now have control of your entire childhood with Star Wars and Marvel under their belt. Disney has fully revived the Star Wars franchise and has now put Marvel in their best position in years, all while still being able to make original animated films and running a multitude of theme parks. You simply cannot stop Disney. 

 Walt Disney Logo

Walt Disney Logo

But what could make them even stronger? What brands or companies would make perfect sense for Disney to get their hands on? What gaps are there still to fill in their ever growing company? While there may not be much, there are still some spots that Disney would no doubt love to fill to make their ever growing empire even larger. 


Hasbro

This purchase would make perfect sense and back around 2012 it was rumored that it would actually happen. But since then, things have been very quiet on that front and that deal might never see the light of day. But that has not stopped Disney and Hasbro from being in deep connection. Go to Target or Walmart and pick up ANY Star Wars or Marvel related toy. Odds are it was built and distributed by Hasbro. 

 Star Wars Black Series Line

Star Wars Black Series Line

The more you think about it, it is a huge missed opportunity for Disney. While it is obvious that toys are not at the height of popularity that they once were due to the advancement of technology. It is still a huge market with children and collectors. Especially brands like Star Wars and Marvel which rack in billions of dollars from merchandise sales a year. Now just imagine Disney being able to have full ownership over their toy revenue. It would be a huge financial boost to the company that would be greatly appreciated and it would no doubt make Disney the ultimate king of the toy market. 


Viacom/ Nickelodeon

Disney's 2D animation department has been slacking as of late. The days of Phineas and Ferb, The Proud Family and Kim Possible are way behind us. And while the general audience does love the over abundance of 3D animation, there is no doubt that there is a hunger for more 2D animated films and cartoons.

 Nickelodeon Logo

Nickelodeon Logo

Here is where Nickelodeon can come in the mix. While they have built an empire over the last 20 years, it is clearly obvious that they are no where near the height that they once were in the late 90's to early 2000's. Yes, Spongebob Squarepants continues to be an unstoppable ratings force, but Nickelodeon has not manged to grasp on to another hit, whether it is in their animated or live-action department. They are clearly struggling to find some new footing and it is obvious that they have pushed the panic button, as we can see with their recent push for  90's nostalgia in their recent Hey Arnold! movie and their upcoming Rocko's Modern Life TV film. 

 Spongebob Squarepants

Spongebob Squarepants

So what could save Nickelodeon from their slow downwards spiral? Disney buying them out of course! Disney actually already has a spot saved for all their shows in their Disney XD department, which specializes in 2D and 3D animated cartoons. Disney XD which started back in 2009, has also struggled to find its footing in the cartoon space. So not only would this help revive Nickelodeon being under the Disney brand, but this would of course help Disney rejuvenate their cartoon brand with household names like Spongebob Squarepants, The Fairly Odd Parents, Hey Arnold! and so much more. This is just a match made in heaven and do not be surprised if this were to ever unfold. 


Square-Enix

Now this might seem like the most out of left field pick, but it honestly makes perfect sense. If you're a gamer you might be familiar with a little franchise called Kingdom Hearts. Without getting too much into the plot of it, the basic concept of Kingdom Hearts is that it is a fusion of Disney properties and the world of Square-Enix's most popular brand, Final Fantasy. It is a weird concept, but it works. Since 2002, the series as a whole has sold nearly 25 million units, with a hotly anticipated squeal on the horizon.  

 Kingdom Hearts

Kingdom Hearts

Disney has had to work with Square for some time now on the Kingdom Hearts series and it is obvious that the two have taken a liking to each other. Their good partnership was shown once again in January 2017, when it was announced that Square and Disney/Marvel reached a multi-year game partnership and the first title that was announced was a secret project Avengers game. 

But why should Disney buyout Square-Enix? Square is no financial trouble whatsoever and they have a good amount of franchises to keep them afloat for a good amount of time. But this is the one situation where Disney actually needs help. With the video game market growing faster than ever, Disney is on the lacking side. Their recent video game project, Disney Infinity fell through and with that Disney closed down all of their gaming studios, leaving them with nothing in the gaming space. But Disney buying out Square-Enix could put them right back in the gaming market stronger than ever.

 Square-Enix logo

Square-Enix logo

They would have full control of franchises such as Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Tomb Raider, their upcoming Avengers title and much more. Sure it would be a little strange to see Disney in control of these franchises, but imagine the places they could take them with the increased budget that Disney could provide? Imagine the franchises that could make a huge comeback like Legacy of Kain and Theif? This would be all but good news for the gaming landscape and it would sure bring Disney back into the gaming world stronger than ever. 


So who else do you think Disney should buyout to help their ever growing empire? Let us know down below!

-Paul