I'm not sure how closely you follow the news, but Disney was recently cleared to acquire 21st Century Fox, including the 20th Century Fox film catalog and rights to a lot of iconic characters. Oh yeah, and Disney already owns the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Translation: The X-Men and the Fantastic Four and the Avengers can finally work together, like they always have in the comics.

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What this also means is that Disney is likely to reboot all those properties in order to work them into the Avengers timeline.

I've got mixed feelings about this.

On the one hand, all three of the Fantastic Four films were decidedly not fantastic. Half of the six X-Men movies are renowned as being pretty bad. I've only seen the good half of them apparently. And we can finally overlook the terrible X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

On the other hand, I love the two Deadpool films and still get misty over the masterpiece ending to the Wolverine saga that is Logan. I'd hate for those to no longer exist. And I can't imagine recasting Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), or either version of Magneto (Sir Ian McKellan and Michael Fassbender).

I also find it funny that both Johnny Storms (Fantastic Four) are now other characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Chris Evans is now Captain America and Michael B. Jordan was Erik Killmonger in Black Panther). But that will be forgotten, thankfully.

Good thing or more superhero overload?


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Marty Mankins

I'm mixed, too. On one hand, I give Disney kudos for their Star Wars efforts (with some minor exceptions for this fan). I'm not a fan of these mergers, which normally are bad for the consumer and the fan of these movies and properties. I loved both Deadpools and Logan, as well and want them to be around for the long haul.


And, yet, they may not be. Oy.

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