This week’s topic is based on some rumors I heard last week. That perhaps Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox could make a deal after Marvel’s Phase Three. This could perhaps lead to an Avengers vs. X-Men storyline, and could give us the Illuminati storyline that Hickman focused on in his New Avengers run (2013-2015). But here’s the thing, I don’t really want that to happen. Here’s why.
First off, let’s get some facts out of the way. 20th Century Fox owns the cinematic rights to Fantastic Four, The Silver Surfer, Deadpool, and the X-Men. It’s generally accepted that they’re going to create their own cinematic universe with the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. The idea that the Avengers aren’t going to be a part of that universe is a sad thing.
But I don’t think the X-Men should be controlled by Marvel Studios. Which isn’t to say that I don’t want the Fantastic Four at Marvel Studios, because I really want that – right away please. But Marvel Studious couldn’t really make an R-rated Deadpool, and if the X-Men had been at Marvel Studios, then we would not have had a Guardians of the Galaxy film in 2014, and definitely not an Inhumans film in 2019.
But there’s more to it than that. It’s not just that I want more experiments from Marvel Studios. I really think that 20th Century Fox is doing a great job with the X-Men rights. Look, don’t get me wrong, I don’t like X-Men: The Last Stand or the X-Men Origins: Wolverine film anymore than you do – but let’s look at the films that have been released.
The first wave of X-Men films started out perfectly with the solid X-Men and X2 films – and while it did end with The Last Stand and the terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine film, the first wave had a strong set of films (and an incredible cast, I might add).
The second wave of X-Men films is still happening, but it has been perfect so far. Not only did X-Men First Class give us a perfect new origin for our new solid cast of heroes, X-Men: Days of Future Past gave us a proper finale for the original cast and a strong outing for the new cast. Also, we finally got a good solo Wolverine film in The Wolverine by James Mangold.
In 2016 we’ll be seeing the final film in the new X-Men trilogy (X-Men: Apocalypse), an R-rated Deadpool-film, and a solo film for Gambit. And in 2017 it looks like we will be getting the Old Man Logan finale for Hugh Jackman. It looks like 20th Century Fox is doing everything right.
So, if Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox reach a deal, then please let it be for the Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer – not the X-Men. Bryan Singer is doing just fine with Marvel’s mutants.
How wrong am I? Which X-Men film is your favorite? Sound off in the comments.
I’m Jeffrey Rex