One of the most common jokes made about the Walt Disney Company is that they literally own everything. That has been becoming less of a joke and more a fact of life.
As you may already have heard, all of the Marvel movies that viewers enjoy on the streaming service Netflix are being Thanos snapped away. Going forward, all Marvel movies, television shows within the Marvel Universe, will only be available on Disney’s streaming service Disney+.
According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, “What we’re basically trying to do here is invest in our future.”
He and other “higher ups” at Disney want fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and televisions shows to note that this move from other streaming services is “designed so that long-term this business will become an important part of Disney’s bottom line . . . This is a bet on the future of this business.”
One of the biggest questions, though is how this merger will affect the movies that had already been announced and put in production under Fox’s studio name, such as the Deadpool and X-Men movies.
The next X-Men movie in the crazy timeline that Fox had currently been going with, “Dark Phoenix”, is slated to come out later this year and may end up being the last in its cinematic timeline if Disney decides that the X-Men need to be reworked in order to fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe they have already created.
The Gambit solo movie that Fox had been building up is thought to be one of the movies that will be left behind in the merger. Channing Tatum was ready to take on this starring role, this change in ownership may very well lead to Gambit being left on a storyboard and forgotten.
As for Deadpool, there is a strong possibility that he will not be seen be in the background of another major Marvel Universe movie, taking over where Stan Lee left as a character Easter egg. When it comes time for the next “Deadpool” or “X-Force” movie fans have been assured that the studio will be sticking with the formula that has created two movies that made more than $1.5 billion at the box office. What does this mean? Deadpool movies will still be made to be rated R.
As of now, Disney has yet to confirm or deny any of the fan speculation surrounding whether or not the properties previously owned by Fox will being going through a full on reboot, have some plotlines retconned, or if they will be allowed to just move into the Marvel neighborhood as they currently are.
Story by: Carlee Jo Blumenthal
Photo Credit: Simpons Season 10 Episode 5 November 8,1998