Yesterday, it was confirmed that Disney is in the process of acquiring many of 21st Century Fox’s assets, including its film studio. This means that the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool are finally coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But before the deal, Fox had a slew of X-Men films and spinoffs planned. How will they be affected by the deal?
The Hollywood Reporter suggests that the X-Men slate is currently in flux as the franchise is integrated into the MCU. Basically, Marvel will re-evaluate developing projects and see which ones fit into its broader strategy.
For starters, it’s unknown whether any current actors (such as Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender) would return for future films. However, some executives are already eager to reboot/recast Wolverine, a role that Hugh Jackman retired from in this year’s Logan.
Speaking of Logan, it now sounds unlikely that a spinoff starring X-23 will “go far” into development. And there’s uncertainty about director Josh Boone’s plans for a New Mutants trilogy, as well as any sequels to Gambit. One idea is that non-event Marvel movies could be reserved for Disney’s planned streaming service. But if New Mutants and/or Gambit are box office hits, then there will likely be more of them on the big screen.
One franchise that’s safe for now is Deadpool. Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that there is interest in making more sequels and retaining the R rating. It’s unclear how X-Force and Multiple Man fit into these plans right now.
So, yeah, Disney’s acquisition of Fox is definitely changing the path of the X-Men franchise. While fans of the franchise’s old approach may be disappointed, other fans should be excited by the prospect of these characters joining the MCU. Hopefully, it all works out in the end.
Stay tuned for more as we have it.
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