Disney officially owns the X-Men and Fantastic Four. It was an idea that no one thought was possible but now, has become a reality.
Last night, the Disney/Fox deal became official, and Disney purchased several 21st Century Fox assets for approx. $71.3 billion. As Disney begins to map out its plans for the future of their newly acquired brands, we finally have some information on how Marvel Studios will approach the incoming band of mutants.
THR has released a new report outlining several tidbits about the arrival of one of Marvel’s most famous teams. Disney will start from scratch when it comes to the X-Men, opting NOT to bring back any of the main franchise members, including James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), and Tye Sheridan (Cyclops).
That being said, Disney will be bringing back Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool. The merc with a mouth is the only Fox/Marvel character that will not receive a reboot. The supporting characters of the series were not mentioned but it can be assumed that they will return as well, such as Zazie Beetz as Domino. Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed multiple times that the popular, R-rated version of the character could exist at the studio.
Disney will be inheriting two upcoming X-Men projects, including Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix and Josh Boone’s The New Mutants. Dark Phoenix (June 7) will be the first X-Men movie marketed by the studio, but New Mutants is a more complicated situation.
Insiders have confirmed that fate of New Mutants, remains in the hands of Disney executives. Despite positive reactions to the first trailer, the film is said to be a troubled one. The idea of reshoots has been brought up, although the film could ultimately end up on a streaming platform, such as Disney+ or Hulu rather than a meet its theatrical release date of August 7.
The report does not mention any of the rumored X-Men films in development, including Channing Tatum’ Gambit, a solo Kitty Pryde film, and the James Franco-fronted Multiple Man feature.
Marvel Studios has not been allowed to publicly reveal any plans for integrating members of the X-Men and Fantastic Four into its cinematic universe. With the deal now being completed, look towards after Spider-Man: Far From Home, probably Comic-Con, for some kind of announcement on both properties. An X-Men or Fantastic Four film are not expected to hit theatres until after 2021, based on current insider tracking.
Aside from Marvel properties, Disney will be inheriting several in-development films that FOx has already greenlit, including Free Guy, which stars Ryan Reynolds as a man who realizes he’s living in a video game movie, Moose Guard, based on the Boom! Studios comic series, is a motion-capture franchise starter being produced by Matt Reeves, Steven Spielberg’s take on West Side Story, and Death on the Nile, the follow-up to Murder on the Orient Express.