You probably know the story by now: Disney is in negotiations with 21st Century Fox to buy the company’s film and television assets. If it comes to fruition, it won’t be just the biggest movie news story of 2017 – it will be the biggest movie news story of the decade. Or more.
If this news fills you with excitement, dread, or something in-between…welcome to the club. The /Film staff has mixed feelings about this development, which could shake Hollywood to its core in ways both exciting and terrifying. So let’s run down the pros and cons of Disney buying Fox and what it means for both companies…and film industry itself.
Positive: X-Men and Fantastic Four Could Join the MCU
When Marvel Comics nearly went bankrupt in the ’90s, they stayed afloat by selling the movie rights to their most popular characters: Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil. And since then, that decision has served to bite them in the butt.
The exclusion of X-Men and Fantastic Four from the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a constant source of frustration for fans who want to see their favorite characters in the comics interact with their favorites in the movies — and of confusion for general audiences who have to deal with multiple versions of Quicksilver. Marvel has to bend over backwards to adapt ambitious crossover storylines like Civil War because they don’t own certain characters. And then there’s the poor Fantastic Four, who have not yet had a good movie — something that could change once Marvel Studios and their stellar track record gets a hold of them.
Could this mean that the Fantastic Four and X-Men enter the MCU? Possibly — and with the convoluted X-Men universe at a crossroads after the stunning Logan and the not-so-stunning Apocalypse, perhaps it’s time to start afresh. Besides, don’t you want to see a grumpy Wolverine bicker and try to lead the Avengers? (Hoai-Tran Bui)
Negative: The R-rated and Audacious Superhero Movie Dies?
Almost every positive argument I’ve seen for the Disney/Fox purchase seems to revolve around superheroes. “Finally!” people have declared. “The Wolverine can hang out with Iron Man!” Look: I get it. People love superhero movies, and they love synergy. They want all their favorites sharing the screen together. That’s fine! But even if your biggest concern is superhero movies, the Disney/Fox deal should give you pause.
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