With the onslaught of superhero films, it’s a great time to be a geek. All of our favorite childhood comic characters are showing up on either the big screen or the small screen. While some are warning about “superhero fatigue,” most of the movie going public is really enjoying all the films that have been coming out in recent years. The only real frustrating aspect of it all is that not every character’s rights are with one specific movie studio. As a result, a single coherent cinematic universe hasn’t been 100% established. The most popular one is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) which is provided by Marvel Studios. Many of the characters involved in that are associated with the Avengers films as well as the solo titles surrounding those characters. Other characters’ rights are owned by 20th Century Fox which on the rights to characters associated with the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. As a result, it looks like we will never be able to see Wolverine fight The Hulk (even though Wolverine was introduced to the world in a comic book with The Hulk). Looks like that might be about to change, though.
For the most part, Fox has enjoyed their ability to maintain their own cinematic universe separate from Marvel Studios and be able to make a great deal of revenue as a result. Fox had never even considered selling the rights back to Marvel, or even working out some sort of cross promotional film between the two studios. However, recently with the critical and commercial failure of the most recent Fantastic Four film, and the critical failure of X-Men: Apocalypse, they might be changing their tune. Since Marvel Studios and Sony worked out a deal to allow Spider-Man to be in the MCU which allowed Spider-Man to be one of the highlights of Captain America: Civil War and the web-slinger will soon have his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming next summer. It looks like Fox is revisiting the option to play nice with marvel Studios.
In a recent interview Matt Key, producer of Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, Key shared some insights that he has been hearing within the industry.
“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel.”
Sounds like they will soon play in the same sandbox, which could lead to all sorts of new films. If a Sony-type of deal could be worked out, it probably would give Marvel creative control, but Fox would still make a great deal of money. With the postponement of the Inhumans film, and the fact that there are up to 3 planned MCU films that are currently unnamed, perhaps Marvel has already been making plans and one of them could be a film featuring a Fox-related property. Imagine what they could work with if they had the rights to Dr. Doom, The Kree Empire, The Beyonder, and many other characters tied into Fox properties?!? We could get The War of Kings, or even Avengers vs X-Men!!!
Until we actually hear of an actual deal we can simply hope something gets worked out so that we can have a true cinematic universe for all Marvel characters.
Source: ComicBook Movie
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Tim Burton has delighted audiences for years with his imaginative style of movie making. His Batman movies Kicked off a franchise that drastically went downhill after his departure. While his movies tend toward a darker side, there’s always a hint of mirth that lightens the seriousness of the situations Burton’s characters find themselves in. Now his latest film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children finds the answer to many fans questions about what Burton’s version of the X-Men might have looked like back in the 90’s. Check out this latest trailer and see for yourself. (more…)
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Depending on how old you are, Fox’s X-Men: The Animated Series was your comic book bible during the ‘90s. The show premiered on Fox as part of their Fox Kids Saturday morning lineup, you know back when there were cartoons on Saturday mornings. The show gave the most accurate-to-the-comics stories from any adaptations that have come from comic books during that time, and probably since then. The show did an exceptional job capturing the feel of the comics during the Jim Lee era. The show covered all sorts of hugely popular stories from the comics including Days of Future Past, Dark Phoenix, Genosha, Mojovision, Weapon X, The Phalanx, and much more. Needless to say, before superhero films exponentially grew, this was the best comic book adaptation we had. I dare you not to hum the theme song!
If you have ever attended San Diego Comic-Con, or know someone who has within the last ten years or so, you have likely heard plenty of Con stories that begin with “I remember when you could buy tickets at the door”, or “Movie studios ruined Comic-Con”, or, on the other side, “I am so glad I waited 37 hours in line just to be the first to see footage of…”, or, “Can you believe what [insert studio name] showed in Hall H??”. SDCC isn’t just a convention – it’s an event, and every year, the event seems to divide attendees as to what the best and worst parts of the convention really are. For many, standing or sleeping in that ridiculous Hall H line on the convention lawn, down the pier, or even over on Hall H Island (that one’s for those in the know) is all part of the experience, while for others, it is the hell they endure just to see what surprises a studio will bring. Today, a report out of The Wrap claims that fans will now have one less movie studio to worry about or get excited for, as the case may be, as 20th Century Fox may be bowing out of the convention, thanks to pesky pirates. (more…)
It’s the rumor that’s been chasing every story about the Fantastic Four movie since last summer when Josh Trank‘s reboot tanked hard: how long until Marvel‘s First Family makes its way back to Marvel Studios. The unmitigated disaster of Fantastic Four 2015, plus the middling ho-hum efforts of the two Tim Story movies have some fans wondering if that’s three strikes and Twentieth Century Fox is out, and as of today, the answer seems to be “Yes.” Breaking news over the weekend seems to indicated that Fox and Marvel have reached a deal to bring the Fantastic Four home in exchange for some rights to two new X-Men-related series. (more…)
There was a time when a film based on a comic book character would get laughed out of Hollywood. Jump to present day and the film industry has become overly saturated with comic book films. Pretty much all of your favorite characters have, or will be racing onto the big screen in way or another as a result of the genre’s current popularity. The X-Men film franchise is partially responsible for the excitement and elevation of films based on comic book properties when the first film debuted in 2000. As soon as one mentions X-Men films, the first character that pops into your head is Wolverine. Not only is he one of comic book’s most popular characters, but he is also one of comic book film’s favorite characters. This is in no small part due to actor Hugh Jackman’s presence as our favorite mutant and that hardened six-pack doesn’t hurt either. His character has existed in pretty much all of the X-Men films (hopefully he’ll be in X-Men: Apocalypse as well) and has always been a crowd pleaser for fans of the films. However, for actor Hugh Jackman keeping in Wolverine-style shape for the 47-year-old can be taxing. Jackman indicated that the next Wolverine film (currently untitled) will be his last film. There are rumors that the film will borrow heavily from the Old Man Logan comic book storyline, and reunite him with Patrick Stewart, so it’ll be the “old school” X-Men characters/universe vs the First Class one. With Jackman bowing out of the franchise, something will be missing for fans. Who will replace the all-around badassery that Jackman had as Wolverine? What character could possibly fill in his shoes?
Let’s get something out of the way first: the New Mutants never had much luck when it came to live-action adaptations. With a blemish like the 90’s cringeworthy Generation X on their resume (one of FOX‘s earlier attempts to bring superheroes into the mainstream), you’d think they wouldn’t really try and bring back that particular team of teenage mutants, despite the considerable nerd-mythos that Chris Claremont has already set up. However, following Deadpool‘s success, the studio seem to be willing to give this mutant reboot another go…