It Is Time For Marvel Studios and Fox To Bring the MCU Together
Ever since the Marvel news bomb was dropped on us over the last couple of weeks, it really has me thinking about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So how beneficial would it be if Marvel Studios and Fox could come to an agreement?
For those of you who are knowledgeable of the history of Marvel Comics, you know that the 1990’s got a little rough for them. They were bankrupt, and that is where things didn’t go so well for them. They began optioning their properties to movie studios, which is where we got the first set of comic book films like the original “X-Men” and “Spider-Man” trilogies. There were also a few others in that mix, “Fantasitc Four”, “Ghost Rider” and the abomination that was “Daredevil.” Marvel had no creative control, and while some of the movies were done well (“X-Men” and ‘X2″) the rest were ruined in the eyes of the fans.
So this was horrible. The next move? Marvel created their own movie studio and put out “Iron Man” in 2008. The rest is history at this point. While the “X-Men” movies may have been regarded as the best part of what Marvel has brought to the theaters in the past, the current Marvel Cinematic Universe is superior.
There is some bad blood between the two studios right now. Basically Marvel would like to wrangle in all their properties and give the fans what they want. Marvel has even gone as far to kill off Wolverine recently, and they are pulling Fantastic Four books from the shelves in 2015. All a big jab at Fox who owns the properties still.
Currently Sony owns the rights to Spider-Man, but after the failure of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” from this past summer, they are now in talks of allowing Marvel to use the character – possibly for a Civil War story line.
It is time for Fox to do the same thing with their properties. Currently Fox owns all rights to the X-Men and its universe. That means all characters associated with the X-Men directly. It also means that Marvel cannot use some of its own stuff in its MCU like the word mutant or reference the unbreakable metal adamantium. That makes things difficult for Ultron, who in the comics is made up of it. Good thing the still have access to vibranium – that’s the stuff that Captain America’s shield is made out of. So the Ultron in the movies will give himself a new body made up of that indestructible material.
This needs to end. It is time for these two universes to finally align.
Just imagine a world where Robert Downey Jr. is standing side by side with Hugh Jackman as Iron Man and Wolverine kick ass against someone like Thanos. The X-Men are such an important part of the Marvel world. It just seems spiteful that Fox will not allow them access to characters.
Bringing the X-Men into the current MCU would mean huge things. First of all, Wolverine was actually an Avenger for a little while. We know that Marvel has hinted the Avenger lineup is an ever changing rotation in the MCU, much like it was in the comic books. So this would basically make perfect sense.
The fact that “Days of Future Past” realigned things in the X-Men cinematic universe puts a lot more characters back into play. Cyclops, Jean Grey, Ice Man, Storm, Beast. They are all in this world now, and shouldn’t be underutilized.
The potential of what this could mean for future movies would be endless. You have great minds in the MCU like Tony Stark and Bruce Banner. So now you add in Hank McCoy (Beast)? Oh that’s balls to the wall! Add in the leadership and expertise of Charles Xavier and Scott Summers. All of the X-Men supporting characters like Gambit, Nightcrawler, Cable, Bishop, APOCALYPSE! We’re talking full on crazy awesome.
So as a fan, I just ask that there two studios bury the hatchet. Fox should let Marvel take creative control of the characters that they brought to life in the first place.
But what do you think? Would you like to see the X-Men integrated into the current MCU?