Should the X-Men franchise move to the MCU? | The Tylt
Should the X-Men franchise move to the MCU?
While recent reports said that deal was dead, CNBC recently reported that Disney and 21st Century were still in talks on Tuesday, Dec. 5. The deal between Disney and Fox has been confirmed, and Marvel fans are hoping for an X-Men and Avengers crossover...finally! Brooks Barnes of the New York Times reported:
The Walt Disney Company said on Thursday that it had reached a deal to buy most of the assets of 21st Century Fox, the conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch, in an all-stock transaction valued at roughly $52.4 billion.
While the agreement is subject to the approval of antitrust regulators — and the Justice Department recently moved to block a big media company, AT&T, from becoming even bigger — the once unthinkable acquisition promises to reshape Hollywood and Silicon Valley. It is the biggest counterattack from a traditional media company against the tech giants that have aggressively moved into the entertainment business.
Marvel geeks have been longing for a crossover between the "X-Men" and "The Avengers" franchises. Others simply want to see the X-Men part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Hugh Jackman told Screenrant he'd be interested in playing Wolverine again under the MCU. He said:
If that was on the table when I made my decision, it certainly would have made me pause. That’s for sure. Because I always love the idea of him within that dynamic, with the Hulk obviously, with Iron Man but there’s a lot of smarter people with MBAs who can’t figure that out [laughter]. You never know.
Screenrant's Molly Freeman writes that the "X-Men" franchise joining the MCU would be bad for fans. Fox has "Deadpool 2," "The New Mutants" and "X-Men: Dark Phoenix" coming next year. Several other X-Men-related movies are in the works.
So then, if Fox were to be acquired by Disney, what would happen to this X-Men franchise? Well, the 2018 movies would likely be released, since a deal of this magnitude would take time to finalize, but the fates of the other films would be in question. Marvel Studios may choose to scrap everything in development so as to bring the X-Men into the MCU – though that wouldn’t happen until Phase 4 launches in 2019 since their movies up to that point are all planned and in various stages of development.