The recent deal that has seen Disney buy a large portion of Fox, will have huge ramifications for many facets of pop culture – but let’s face it, most of us only care about one thing: how does it affect the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Since it began in 2008, the MCU has gone from strength to strength, gathering together some of the most iconic Marvel heroes for the big screen. However, before Marvel began churning out their own films, they licensed many of their characters to other studios – Sony got Spider-Man, and Fox got Fantastic Four and the X-Men. And now, buying Fox means that Disney have these super teams under their control once more – this in turn offers up exciting new possibilities for storytelling. Will Fox continue their versions of these stories? Or will Marvel Studios bring all their heroes into the MCU for the first time ever?
In a statement, Disney explained that this agreement will allow them to reunite these characters “with the Marvel family under one roof and create richer, more complex worlds of inter-related characters and stories that audiences have shown they love.”
Marvel is already planning to overhaul the MCU once the studio’s ‘Phase Three’ arc reaches completion, finishing with a fourth and supposedly final Avengers film in 2019, which will end the Infinity War story. President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige has previously said, “There will be two distinct periods. Everything before Avengers 4 and everything after.”
Particularly excited about the prospect of reuniting these characters under the Marvel Studios banner is Captain America star Chris Evans (who previously played the Human Torch in 2005’s Fantastic Four) who has already begun pitching ideas for a team-up of his two characters:
So who do I talk to about a Cap/Human Torch buddy comedy spin-off? I’m thinking Planes, Trains and Automobiles meets Parent Trap. https://t.co/3KRPZOVzq2
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 6, 2017
Let’s hope that this deal can bring together Marvel’s most iconic characters on screen for the first time, finally do these heroes justice and make all of us nerds super happy! Maybe we’ll even get an A vs X film!