Marvel Studios is obviously living large at the moment and shows no signs of slowing its momentum. Actually, with the five new Netflix series (Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Captain Marvel, and Daredevil, mostly based in Hell’s Kitchen, NY), the inordinate slew of movies coming our way (Black Panther, Ant Man, GoG2, Avengers: Ultron/Infinity Wars, Cap: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, etc.), and the cult success of Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, it is safe to say half of these things could fall flat and Marvel Studios could still be on top.
To the Titular (giggle) concept of this article: Marvel can’t use X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Spider-man (without permission), or the concept/word Mutant because of some hearty sales in the Pre- Ironman Era. So how could it possibly work its way to side stepping these conceptual restraints? It does create the fiction that these characters are based on, does it not? Consider that three Marvel character based movies (not produced by Marvel) are coming out soon, then consider that comic sales prior to a movie release tend to help drive more fans to the theaters. I point this out because Marvel has preemptively killed Deadpool (no Comic run) and Wolverine (no run), and cancelled Fantastic Four’s run well enough in advance of the film releases to really stifle the interest of fans. Hence the “Going for Fox Jugular” title. If there is no new fiction to derive a fresh story from, you will lose some of those ticket sales. If you read a Deadpool comic, loved it, and knew the next day that a Deadpool movie was coming out you would go see it. What happens if you haven’t even read a Deadpool comic for months and then a possibly bad Deadpool movie releases? That’s right, you wait for the Netflix release.
Now bear with me because the next part is just speculation based on gleaned information. When The Marvel Universe Reset hits it is known that the Avengers/Xmen universes will be mostly merged. We do not know to what extent this reformat will go. Franchise characters could have new names and styles (then Marvel Studios could use them in film), franchises could dissolve terminology (S.H.I.E.L.D./Avengers refer to Mutants as Specials mostly). My thoughts are that the reformat will make it easier for Marvel Studios to use some of the characters that are being held hostage at the moment.
With all that said, what do you think about the Deaths and cancelled runs, and the possible merging of X-men and Avengers in the new Universe? Also, feel free to just argue, rant, or praise any aspects of this article.
If you are confused about who owns the movie rights to which Marvel characters, check out this Awesome Chart showing you who owns what: http://comicsalliance.com/marvel-character-film-rights-infographic/
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