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The X-Men And Fantastic Four Could Join The MCU As Disney Looks To Buy Fox

As far as big screen crossovers go, there are two that will probably never happen. The first is between Marvel and DC, for obvious reasons, and the other is one between the X-Men and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the fact that the mutants did originate at the House of Ideas, Marvel Studios owns all the characters within the MCU, while Fox holds the cinematic rights to Wolvie and the gang. As such, a crossover just isn’t possible, as the two studios don’t seem to be very keen on working together.

However, it looks as if we may not have to wait for Fox and Marvel to hop into the same bed in order to see all these characters cross paths on the silver screen, as CNBC is reporting that Disney, who owns Marvel, is now looking to buy Fox. If they end up doing so, they’ll then own the rights to the X-Men and presumably, can easily include them in the MCU without any sort of issues rising up due to rights.

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Of course, it wouldn’t only be the aforementioned mutants who get a chance to interact with Iron Man, Hulk and the rest of the gang, as the Fantastic Four, Deadpool and many others would be included here, too, and would also be able to find a spot within the Marvel Cinematic Universe without any issue. In short, Disney would own all of Fox’s characters and could use them as they see fit.

Nothing has been finalized as of yet, but from what we understand, Fox isn’t able to compete anymore due to the rise of streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon. As such, they’re now looking to sell, and Disney might just be the one to purchase them.

Granted, the Mouse House wouldn’t take hold of everything, as CNBC says:

Disney could not own two broadcast networks and would therefore not buy the Fox broadcast network. It would not buy Fox’s sports programming assets in the belief that combining them with ESPN could be seen as anti-competitive from an antitrust standpoint and it would not buy the Fox News or Business channel. Disney would also not purchase Fox’s local broadcasting affiliates, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

Still, none of this is relevant to characters like the X-Men and Fantastic Four and should a deal place here, we might just see that one, big cohesive Marvel Cinematic Universe that we’ve always dreamed of.



Green Lantern Corps May Also Be Eyeing An X-Men Star For Hal Jordan

When Green Lantern Corps hits theaters in 2020, there won’t just be one human manipulating the will-infused green energy. It was reported earlier this month that the upcoming DCEU movie will star Hal Jordan and John Stewart as its primary ring-slingers. Today brought the news of five actors who are reportedly being consider to play Hal. Those were enough to chew on for a while, but now it appears a sixth individual might also be in consideration: James Marsden, a.k.a. the X-Men film series’ original Cyclops.



While attempting to confirm whether there was any truth to the earlier casting rumors, We Got This Covered spoke to a source who said that not only are Armie Hammer and Ryan Reynolds indeed being considered, but James Marsden is also being looked at because of his recent work on the HBO series Westworld. That’s not to say that Marsden is being considered more heavily than the other men, but it appears his name is definitely in the mix to play an older Hal Jordan. Green Lantern Corps is intended to be a reboot, so other than Reynolds, who already played Hal in 2011’s Green Lantern, all these actors are on equal footing…for now. No actors have been rumored for John Stewart yet, although This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown has expressed interest in the role.



James Marsden has already left his mark on the superhero movie genre as Cyclops in the first three X-Men movies. Just like in the comics, his iteration of Scott Summers was the X-Men leader, but his role was diminished in favor of highlighting Wolverine. Eventually Marsden’s Cyclops was killed off in X-Men: The Last Standafter the actor snagged a supporting role in Superman Returns, though Scott was brought back to life in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Marsden’s other prominent roles credits include Enchanted, Hairspray, 30 Rock and Ally McBeal, and he can currently be seen playing Teddy Flood in Westworld.


Details surrounding Green Lantern Corps are scarce, but the story, being written by David Goyer and Justin Rhodes, will reportedly be a “Lethal Weapon in space” tale that is based on a comic book origin story. Given how Hal Jordan showed John Stewart the ropes when the latter made his comic book debut in 1971, presumably the DCEU’s Hal would also serve as a mentor to John, in contrast with how the first theatrical Green Lantern movie told Hal’s origin story. If James Marsden were to score the role, it wouldn’t be the first time an actor has played another superhero. Ryan Reynolds jumped from Green Lantern to Deadpool, and Chris Evans played Captain America after his time as The Human Torch was done.


Green Lantern Corps arrives in theaters on July 24, 2020.




We Saw 40 Minutes of ‘Logan,’ and It’s Going to Change Superhero Movies

By now, the trailers for Logan (in theaters March 3) have made it very clear that this is not a typical superhero movie. Quiet and despairing, light on special effects and heavy on character drama, the third Wolverine solo film looks to be a drastic departure from previous X-Men films, not to mention the Marvel and DC Comics films that dominate the genre. At a December press event last year, I previewed the first 40 minutes of Logan, and I can tell you that superhero films are never going to be the same.

Logan takes place in a desolate near future, where mutants have largely died out and the glory days of the X-Men are long past. Logan (Hugh Jackman), formerly known as Wolverine, is a Jim Beam-chugging misanthrope who begins the film by violently slaughtering three armed criminals who try to steal his hubcaps. Living on a border town in Texas and driving a limousine for money, Logan has become the de facto protector of Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), who lives in hiding (his psychic brain has been classified by the U.S. government as “a weapon of mass destruction”) and suffers from severe dementia.

Watching these characters suffer so unheroically is incredibly depressing (not to mention how jarring it is to hear Wolverine and Professor X drop F-bombs). The film picks up considerably when Logan and Professor X find themselves in custody of an 11-year-old mutant named Laura (Dafne Keen), who appears to have the same powers as Wolverine. With a tattooed villain (Boyd Pierce) in pursuit, the three of them take off on a road trip to figure out who the girl is and what their next move should be.