For anyone that thought a Pandora-themed Avatar world was an odd addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom…well, the joke’s on you now.
After weeks, perhaps months, of speculation, rumors, and back-alley news, today, Disney officially announced the purchase of 20th Century Fox film studio, Fox TV studio, Fox’s share of Hulu, a bunch of global media rights and properties, and a few other things I’m likely leaving out. It’s a LOT of business stuff that you can happily read at the link above, but here’s why you care about it:
Disney now owns The Simpsons, Family Guy, Avatar, Alien/Predator, Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age, Rio), Percy Jackson, The Maze Runner, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Kingsman, and Planet of the Apes, along with many others. As Disney is the parent company of Marvel, the bigger news here is that the X-Men and the Avengers will now all (presumably) be in the MCU together.
While the press release does specifically mention Fantastic Four as coming home, also, the film rights are technically co-owned with German based Constantin, who also does the Resident Evil flicks (though not with Fox).
Naturally, a deal this large takes time and the release does say the two companies have officially entered into the process of purchase, so there’s no word yet on what will become of the planned and announced X-Men movies, but I would think Deadpool 2, New Mutants, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix, all planned for 2018, are safe. What it means for the future is anyone’s guess, of course, but I would assume the X-Men will be the first movie series to get canned and rebooted.
Now, you’re likely saying, it’s too soon to do that, right? But not necessarily. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters in 2014, and only two years later, he made his MCU debut in Civil War. With Phoenix hitting in 2018 and Marvel’s slate filled through Avengers 4 in 2019 — not to mention Marvel Stuios recent trend of producing three movies/year — it wouldn’t be surprising in the least for X-Men to get the reboot in 2020.
Of course, other characters could make cameos or appearances sooner, and with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 on the way, a Galactus or Silver Surfer tease is now in the cards, not to mention a Super Skrull now showing up in Captain Marvel.
Naturally, we’ll hear more as the story continues to develop and the creative minds at Disney begin to realize what new toys they get to play with. As it develops, we’ll keep you informed.
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