It took one disappointing franchise and a few leaked e-mails to find out that Sony was considering sharing Spider-Man with Marvel Studios. Though the character would remain with Sony, the eventual deal meant that the Webslinger could play in the Marvel sandbox, with a few caveats of course. But in the grand scheme of things, this would end up helping both parties as Spider-Man’s intro to the MCU turned out to be one of the best things about Captain America: Civil War, and now fans are eagerly looking forward to his next Sony movie, which will be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige.
So now as Marvel is entering Phase Three of their cinematic universe, Fox is looking towards the future for two of their own Marvel properties. However, both have produced rather disappointing results. Last year, Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four turned out to be one of the worst films of 2015, and despite Deadpool being a hit, X-Men: Apocalypse was a critical and commercial disappointment. So just as Sony hoped to turn things around with Spider-Man, there is a new rumor that says Fox may be considering the same thing with their Marvel properties, namely, X-Men. Check out the full details on the rumor below.
Matt Key, a producer on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, stopped by on Collider Heroes (via ComicBookMovie.com) to talk about the rumor of a crossover between Fox and Marvel Studios:
“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds, that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…‘ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel…”
That doesn’t sound the least bit convincing that it will happen, however, let’s consider that some of the news we took with the smallest grain of salt turned out to be true or at least have some truth to it. So let’s just do the same with this, and take this news with a grain of salt.
For one thing, X-Men: Apocalypse was as much of a critical and commercial disappointment as The Amazing Spider-Man 2. After TASM2‘s release, Sony had to lick their wounds by scrapping their plans for a Spider-Man shared universe and make a deal to share Spidey with Marvel. So maybe since Fox is going through the same situation, they might be considering the same action. At least that’s why the rumor may be popping up at such a convenient time.
Of course, for any of that to happen, an entire narrative would have to be fixed. Fox has already gone through reboots and even time travel with the X-Men franchise, not once acknowledging what has happened in the MCU – of course, they couldn’t since they didn’t have the rights to do so in the first place. I find it hard to believe that Fox would even want to reboot an entire franchise with them still working on Deadpool 2 and Wolverine 3 – two films which surely should be connected to the franchise’s current timeline.
Again, this is nothing more than just a rumor. But we have to consider the possibility that it could be true. For if it is, it would be an exciting new chapter for the MCU.
[Source: Collider Heroes via ComicBookMovie.com]