Xmen coming to Disney+

With the growing success of the marvel cinematic universe, Disney has had overwhelming commercial and critical success over the last decade. Now that the third phase of the cinematic universe is coming to a close with the release of the highly anticipated Avengers endgame movie, the universe still hasn’t exhausted all the avenues to delight the fans with marvel heroes.

In late 2017, news broke that The Walt Disney Company was looking to acquire certain assets from 21st Century Fox, particularly the latter's studio, 20th Century Fox. In doing so, Disney would take control of Fox's media properties, including movie franchises like Avatar and Alien. For comic book fans, ourselves included, the most important ramification of the prospective deal was that Marvel Studios would regain the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Between then and now, Disney faced fierce competition from Comcast for Fox's assets but eventually the company's bid was accepted by Fox and the deal has been progressing through the appropriate approval channels.

However, it must be noted that Disney and Marvel cannot legally be actively developing TV shows or movies using characters they'll acquire in the deal with Fox since the deal hasn’t been officially finalized but that hasn’t stop Marvel from already tossing around potential ideas for X-Men-related series to go up on Disney+. This will mirror existing Xmen shows The Gifted and Legion both airing to success on Fox and FX respectively with their future now not as certain.

Fans of the X-Men franchise have a lot to look forward in 2019, as what could be the final films in the franchise hit theaters this summer with X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants. After that, the mutants will most probably then be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and likely be rebooted with new actors, all speculations at this point. No one knows what Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has planned for the future of the X-Men though he has openly expressed his joy over getting control over the Xmen characters and adding them to his already robust universe since he is a big fan. Maybe we’ll even see some of the studio’s now-defunct projects morph into Disney+ TV shows. For instance, the Kitty Pryde, Multiple Man or X-23 movies.

If the Xmen series happens, it will be joining a growing number of original series to be introduced in the Disney plus streaming service, including Jon Favreau’s star wars: mandalorian, a Loki series, a Vision and Scarlett Witch series, Falcon and Winter soldier series and a rumored Rocket and Groot series. This together with all marvel, star wars, Pixar and all production properties owned by the mouse company, the Disney+ streaming services will be one hard to compete with.

It is still early to know how and when the Fox characters especially the Xmen will come into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the chance that not only will they feature in movies but broader series only increases the trust the characters will be used effectively for an even bigger and better universe for fans to enjoy.


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By NAICCON on Jan 21, 2019

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