In recent news, Disney are negotiating with 20th Century Fox to obtain certain rights on characters, shows, and movies. In other words this could be big for the Marvel movie universe, which is owned by Disney to get characters such as the X-Men and/or Fantastic Four, which is owned by 20th Century Fox since the late 1990s. Many Marvel fans are excited for this change, but what could this possibly mean for the X-Men? Here’s are the positive and the negative reasons as to why the X-Men in the Marvel universe will change superhero movies.
1) Favorite characters: Having the Hulk interact or go on adventure with Wolverine has been a dream of mine for the movie universe, and It may be possible that we could see that someday. This can make the Marvel universe bigger, with the option to put out more movies with new characters. With the rumors that Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Chris Hemsworth leaving the franchise, this can be a great opportunity for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to gather the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
2) No restrictions/complicated story lines: For almost 10 years the MCU has done extremely well given the restrictions they had from Fox, like saying the word mutant, or mentioning any character from the Fox Universe. While 20th Century Fox, has complicated things for audience with the X-Men timeline, having their characters appear in different periods of time. Where the constant recast of characters has made it not only confusing, but annoying for some fans.
3) Popularity: Since I was a kid, the X-Men have been my favorite group of superheroes. Back in the 80s and 90s, the Avengers were not popular, and the group or characters itself did not have any defining story lines to help them grow into popularity. It wasn’t until the 2000s, where iconic story lines like Planet Hulk, Civil War, the Ultimate universe where they gained traction. With the help of Len Wein, Chris Claremont, and Jim Lee, the X-Men thrived in Marvel Comics for their story lines like Phoenix saga, Days of future past, Age of Apocalypse, House of M and New X-Men. As for comics today, the X-Men are not a hot topic as they used to be. Often they are treated as the ‘red-headed stepchild’ of Marvel comics as they; killed off one of the most important X-Men characters, Wolverine. Their titles are not popular in sales, and they have been unsuccessfully ‘replaced’ with the superhero group the Inhumans. With this deal, maybe things can change for the X-Men and Fantastic Four (as I am not a fan of them) and increase popularity, as the MCU did for the Avengers.
1) Recast: As much as I hate to say it, the possibility for recasting the franchise is a must, even for the character of Wolverine, where Hugh Jackman played him for 17 years. But, everything comes to an end, and recasting makes more sense. This would be a nice ‘refresh’ button to the characters and stories we have seen before. Like Spider Man, where 3 actors have played the character in the last 15 years, it is the best choice.
2) Little screen time: Although, if this deal does go through not every character would appear in a movie. The real question would be if the X-Men and Fantastic Four would a back seat to the Avengers, considering the MCU franchise is based on them. Not many characters would have a chance to shine in the MCU. At least with 20th Century Fox, the X-Men had their own universe, as well as the Fantastic Four. Disney could ‘dilute’ the X-Men universe that they built for 17 years for only fewer and/ or minor characters.
Although, both companies are in just talks with each other, so nothing is guaranteed. But, it doesn’t hurt to dream that maybe one day we can see both teams either working side by side or fighting each other. Either way they have money!