Now that Disney owns Fox, properties formerly outside the umbrella are finally back where they belong. Fantastic Four and X-Men, primarily. And it’s only a matter of time before the MCU welcome their lost children back to the big screen. And fans have already been throwing out their casting choice. One Redditor gave a suggestion that’s gotten over 20k upvotes or fake internet points. But will you approve? Every Nerd has an opinion on who would be the best Doctor Doom. And even if they don’t have a suggestion, they have an opinion on other’s casting of Marvel’s First Family. But this is a solid list of proven actors that could easily embody these characters and usher the MCU into a bright new phase.
Move over Die Hard, Christmas has a new favorite action flick. Deadpool 2 gets a retelling as PG-13 movie. Bringing in a special guest and shooting some extra footage, the Deadpool team returns to give us a family-friendly version of the Merc With A Mouth. With extra laughs, new never-before-seen footage, and new faces, Once Upon A Deadpool is sure to be fun the whole family can enjoy. Ryan Reynolds who plays the titular character has been saying “no” to a PG-13 Deadpool for years. He finally caved to a PG-13 release with a couple of conditions…
Disney’s CEO, Bob Iger, announced that the new Disney streaming service will be called “Disney +“. Among the original works being added to the service are a reboot of High School Musical, an original series based on Monsters Inc, and movies such as Noel, starring Anna Kendrick as Santa’s daughter, and Togo starring William DeFoe about the 1925 Nome Serum Run. But what content does NerdBastards such as you, dear reader, care about? With the acquisition of Fox, Disney bolsters their content library. The 2019 launch of Disney + is still a few months out, so more news could pour in at any moment. But with access to Marvel, LucasArts, and Disney libraries, even without Fox’s considerable properties, there’s a lot for fans to look forward to. Rumors abound, but Mr. Iger was kind enough to confirm a few things.
Comic Con is often remembered for the big panels in Hall H, the massive studio presence by companies like Marvel, and the fans. When Marvel announced they would not have the usual massive presence many worried that the behemoth that is SDCC might be slowing down in its old age (next year the con turns 50). Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Along with news of tentpole films like Aquaman, WonderWoman84, and Godzilla King of Monsters there were also a lot of great new trailers for shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek: Discovery, and the Walking Dead franchise.
Sometimes those big reveals overshadow some other shows worthy of attention.
Here are a just a few of the TV trailers that premiered over the weekend.
FOX has accepted a $71.3 billion bid from Disney, which tops Comcast’s previous offer of $65 billion. Disney went all in to ensure Comcast didn’t steal FOX’s assets out from under them, including Marvel assets like The X-Men and Fantastic Four.
That easily trumps Comcast’s all-cash offer made on June 13th. The new Disney-FOX deal is reportedly worth $38 per share in cash and stock.
The beginning of May gave us some heart-wrenching news. Some of our favorite shows faced cancellation, some of which had been written into cliffhangers or were going to leave story lines left unresolved. But like winged angels from on-high, three networks swooped in and saved three shows and left fans rejoicing and singing their praises. But that’s only part of the story. Fans and crew alike took to social media to campaign for the survival of their shows. Which shows found their second chance?
It was in October of 2016 that a report surfaced that AT&T was attempting to acquire Time Warner. The deal would give AT&T significant holdings in the media industry. The following February Time Warner shareholders approved the merger. This was quickly followed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai refusing to review the deal. That left it in the hands of the Justice Department. Every other country involved has since approved the merger. It was only the U.S. that kept it from being final.
President Trump’s Justice Department filed an anti-trust lawsuit last year in November. That pushed the merger deadline till the 21st of this month. Today a judge stepped into the fray and approved the merger.
Fans rejoiced when they thought the X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and other FOX owned properties would soon be under the same roof as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thanos. The idea that all there could be new team-ups or even good versions of some of those properties is now in jeopardy.
It’s been a little over a year since the last time the silver screen was graced with the likes of Professor X, Jean Grey, and Cyclops, but we won’t have to wait (too) long for another foray into Fox‘s X-Men Universe because the next big picture: X-Men: New Mutants. The X-Men spinoff will introduce a number of new characters into the X-Universe, and although the plot has yet to be detailed. We know when it’s premiering, but until today, we didn’t have any idea when production would actually begin. According to a recent Tweet, the movie begins filming tomorrow!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been one of the most successful franchises in recent history. Starting with Iron Man way back in 2008, the MCU had continued to grow to help birth the current age of superhero films. Sure, we love the characters and their heroics, but the MCU films also have had a wide reach with their audience. That is mostly due to the fact that all MCU films have had the family-friendly PG-13 Rating. While the Netflix Marvel Television shows have toes the line with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing the nasty and the constant barrage of the N-word on Luke Cage, they are still relatively tame compared to anything Tarantino would ever put out. Marvel Studios has played it safe with their 15 films by having them all be PG-13.