Okay here we go. Maybe the most annoying thing when it comes to comic book movies, in my opinion. The way Fox studios handles its marvel characters. For those not in the know back in the 90’s Marvel Comics was facing bankruptcy so to get out of that little rough patch they sold off the film rights to certain characters. Mainly Spider Man went to Sony, Fox got The X-men, Daredevil, Blade, The punisher and the Fantastic Four among others. That was until recently when marvel Studios got back the rights of Daredevil, Punisher and Blade back in 2013.
Now we’re all on the same page. Fox still holds the movie rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four and Deadpool. And in Fox’s defense all of the films involving those characters aren’t terrible, specifically X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine. But everything else is either quite bad or just boring and un-interesting. Hear me out. Can you really name anything cool or fun from the X-Men movies that doesn’t involve Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine? Because I barely can and I love comic book movies. Fun Fact: Hugh Jackman’s real name is Hubert. (Not really)
So what should Fox do? Well, the answer is really quite simple. Look at what Sony did with Spiderman. As of 2015 Sony and Marvel Studios entered a deal regarding Spiderman. Basically, Marvel Studios, the guys behind Iron Man, Captain America and The Avengers, gets complete creative control over the character while Sony gets all of the profits for what we in the industry call ‘solo movies’. Which is a term that means it’s only focused on one character. For example, this years Spiderman: Homecoming is being produced by Sony while being overseen by Marvel, and Sony gets all the profits. But if Spiderman were to show up in an Avengers movie (spoiler alert: he is) then not only would Marvel have complete creative control over him they would also get all of the profits for that film.
That’s a really good deal and makes a lot of sense. Before Sony entered this deal they were struggling with Spiderman. The Amazing Spiderman and its sequel weren’t as well received as the studio would’ve liked them to be and with the Marvel Cinematic Universe getting more and more popular with each release their odds of winning over audiences was getting slimmer and slimmer. Now I wish Andrew Garfield would’ve been kept on but hey it was a reboot and time to move on. And I really like Tom Holland so far, so really not that much to complain about.
And that’s what Fox should do. Hand over certain rights to Marvel Studios and completely reboot their universe because as it stands now the timeline and continuity of the X-Men movies is a god damn mess. The only drawbacks would be losing the only good thing the franchise has going for it. The cast. Yes, Hugh Jackman is amazing but not counting him there really are some other incredible actors on board. Namely, James Mcavoy and Michael Fassbender. So yes losing them will suck but imagine the excitement of getting a brand new cast of X-Men, possibly led by Tom Hardy as Wolverine?
And if you think Fox has got it under control when it comes to their Marvel characters I encourage you to go and re-watch the hit 2015 film Fant4stic. I am totally kidding that film is like watching a baby seal get hit by a bus. But it proves my point. Fox has run that franchise into the ground and the X-Men might be next. Seriously don’t watch that movie.