For a number of years, the Marvel fans kept wishing for Disney to somehow reclaim the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four so that these two franchises could become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now Disney has bought most of the 21st Century Fox in a $66 billion deal, and the acquisition includes whole of 20th Century Fox. Now, this deal has fulfilled the long-term wish of the Marvel fans as the X-Men, and Fantastic Four are now all set to join the MCU.
The deal has a great deal more to it; however, for the Marvel fans, this is what matters. Marvel Studios started producing films only with the Iron-Man’s debut in 2008. Back then, Marvel had sold off the movie and TV rights of several characters to various other studios. During the last few years, Marvel Studios led by Kevin Feige managed to get most of those rights back. However, Fox had tasted great success with X-Men films, and they had no desire to sell those rights. Therefore, rather than buying back the rights, Disney went on to buy the entire studio.
A lot of questions are posed by this deal. To begin with, Marvel has not revealed their MCU Phase 4 plans, and the current phase is set to end with Avengers 4 in 2019. Chances are, this deal between Disney and Fox was on the table for some time, and that’s the reason why their future film plans couldn’t be finalized before it was all finished. Agreed that the deal is still subject to legal approval, and the X-Men won’t be seen sporting MCU badges tomorrow. Nor are we going to see the Fantastic Four going on a Christmas holiday trip with the Guardians of the Galaxy, but, the merger will happen in the future.
While we all talk about what MCU gets, there is this question: what about the future plans of Fox? They have movies scheduled to release next year including The New Mutants, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and we believe those are certainly going to move ahead as scheduled because the deal will take some time to complete and be in effect. However, what about the R-rated films such as Deadpool, Logan and the proposed spin-offs such as X-Force and X-23? Will they exist under the patronage of Disney? While it would be amazing to see X-Men in Marvel Cinematic Universe, a lot of sacrifices will also be made consequently. This is what Bob Iger, CEO of Disney said about the deal:
“The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before.”
No doubt, the team at Marvel Studios is popping champagne and upbeat about the future prospects. The Illuminati will be perfectly shaped now. There is the possibility of Avengers vs. X-Men film. There could be a really good Fantastic Four movie. There are countless ideas now that Disney has got all those rights. However, it remains to be seen if they will go on to completely explore the options? That’s the biggest question. Will this deal leave Deadpool and other slightly off-brand franchises, out in the cold?