Back in the day when Marvel comics almost went bankrupt, it did something really stupid. It held a fire sale of its flagship characters and sold off their rights to different movie production houses. Sony bought Spiderman, 20th Century Fox got the X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and the Silver Surfer. It was a stupid move but a necessary one. Had it not been for Marvel’s utter act of desperation, we may not have had MCU in our midst. Iron Man, Captain America, and the Hulk would never have seen the light of day had it not been for that fire sale.
Now, Disney has arrangements with Sony and Universal to let the use Spider-man and the Hulk in the MCU. The only ones that were left were the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.
It is a great time to exist in this universe as now, all of our dreams are going to come true as we are finally going to be able to see all the amazing characters that we have loved since our childhood together under one roof. Yes, Disney has finally bought the assets of 20th Century Fox which includes the rights to Deadpool, The X-Men and The Fantastic Four.
This merger became finally official on Thursday after the last one month of regular reports about talks being held between the two production companies.
Disney now has a lot of big guns under its belt including the MCU, The Star Wars Franchise, Avatar, The Alien Franchise, The Predator, Planet of the Apes, Deadpool, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four and many more. Along with that, Disney has acquired all the great stuff that Fox has put on TV including the hit TV serious Legion and The Gifted.
The future of Hollywood is going to be ruled by Disney as they now have a lot of range from the kid-friendly animated movies to the hard R action and horror flicks. But most importantly, the entire Marvel Comic Book Universe finally has the chance to come together and assemble under one big roof.
Now is the time that we can finally hop for a giant Crossover of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Defenders, X-men and Fantastic Four.
Hours after the announcement that Disney has acquired 21st Century Fox, the internet was flooded with speculation about what this means for a variety of franchises.
One certainty that fans can rely on is that X-Men, Deadpool & Fantastic Four will be incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe sooner rather than later, which is awesome!
Disney CEO Bob Iger has already announced some great things about this acquisition during a recent conference as he specifically told what this means for the future of the MCU. This is what he said:
“We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool,”
The important thing to be taken into consideration from this is that in the future, there would be no separate continuity of Superhero Universes even though the X-Men and Deadpool have sequels coming out to hit the theatres next year.
Disney surely has plans for these franchises and in the coming months, we are going to know exactly how this will come into place and how all these new franchises will be added into the MCU.
The MCU already had 20 movies set in mind ready for production post-Avengers 4 even before the Disney-Fox deal came through. Now the future is going to be bright as we are going to see more and more movies coming out in the following years.
For the coming one or two years Disney is going to let the current separate Universes of Deadpool and X-Men exist as their movies have already finished production, but after that when they are done with these movies and Avengers 4 in 2019, there is going to be a major step taken for every franchise converging together in one single Universe.
Currently, Disney has already made it clear that they are not going to kill the R-rated Superhero genres in order to follow their family-friendly brand image. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld is not concerned about that and he had something amazing to say about this matter.
“[Disney CEO] Bob Iger didn’t deliver this unprecedented level of historic success for Disney by accident. This man gets it. He understands the culture and more importantly, he understands the concerns of the fans. Addressing the Deadpool issue right out of the gate gets high marks and in all honesty, why would they mess with the success that Ryan Reynolds has achieved as Deadpool? The next person I encounter that tells me they want a neutered version of Ryan’s Deadpool will be the first person to express that to me. So smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base.”
So Deadpool is going to continue to be R-Rated and Liefield is pretty excited to see how thing will be handled and how will Deadpool’s dynamic be inserted into the MCU.
“I can’t wait to see how Deadpool will eventually be inserted into the greater Marvel Pantheon. I’m sure Bob Iger and Kevin Feige have some great tricks up their sleeves. Exciting times!”
These are surely exciting times as our wishes are finally going to come true. Deadpool is set to release on June 1, 2018, and X-Men: dark Phoenix will hit the theatres on November 1, 2018.