Just when you thought Disney couldn’t own anymore, talks have been ongoing to buy Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox’s TV and film divisions.
This is a big deal for geeks for a lot of reasons. First and foremost, a Disney buyout would reunite the X-Men and Deadpool with the MCU. This is an interesting and complicated issue, for a few reasons. While most Marvel fans have been dreaming about this for years, we are at a bad place in the X-Men universe for this to work well. 2017’s Logan brought an end to the original X-verse, and 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse was the third, and not really well received film in the reboot films.
After Logan we were left with a young group of mutants, headlined by a young X-23. Younger than even in the comics where she is a teenager. After Apocalypse we were left with expired contracts for the franchise actors, including Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy. All are in high demand and don’t really need to be doing another X Film. Does it make sense to move the X-Men into the MCU with films like Gambit, X-23, the New Mutants, or X Force? Not exactly what we were all hoping for, and probably a non-starter. So, in order to make this work, would we need a new X-verse reboot, and how would that be received? It took 3 incarnations of Spider-Man to get into the MCU. And Hugh Jackman did say he might be interested in donning the claws again if he was in the MCU.
Of way more interest to me personally, we get to reunite the Fantastic Four and the MCU. I’ve been a fan of the F4 for years. I love them as much as I love Spidey, and we are now two failed attempts into launching a successful Fantastic Four franchise. (For the record, I didn’t hate the first 2 – go ahead, let me have it. I’m not afraid) We are certainly in a reboot zone for that, so they could be faded in, maybe making a appearance in another film or having an established character or two make an appearance in the first reboot film. I am so excited about this, I am thinking of changing my name to the Giddy Geek. OK, no.
In a brief conversation with Lou today, he suggested that Dr. Strange had established the MCU as a multiverse, and the X-Men could just be from another timeline. He heartbreakingly totally ignored the Fantastic Four. We are now fighting.
The beauty of Deadpool, is he fits wherever you put him. ‘Nuff said. There are a ton of other characters under Fox’s purview, mostly secondary characters, but some really great ones like Galactus, Silver Surfer, and Juggernaut. I’d love to see the Surfer in the MCU.
In addition to all of the film possibilities, we can’t forget the huge amount of TV that 20th Century Fox produces. A quick list of some of the current big TV offerings includes: Cops, X-Files, Empire, Modern Family, Homeland, This is Us, American Horror Story, American Crime Story, and, of course, The Gifted (an X-Men spin-off, for the few of you that don’t know), and The Orville, which was already renewed for a second season.
There are huge implications of this sale, both on the big and small screen. While the merging of those Marvel properties could be a great boon for Marvel fans, and both Marvel and Star Wars have seen some great growth under Disney’s leadership, there is always the worry of the Disney-fication of more adult properties like Deadpool and X-Men.
What do you think about this further consolidation of Disney? What characters would you look forward to seeing the most in the MCU? Leave me a comment below.
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