When Stan Lee created the characters and worlds that now form the foundations of the House of Marvel, he probably never anticipated their runaway success might one day split the Marvel universe.
So it stands to reason he’d be happy to see all his creations brought back into the same fold. After Disney finally inked its long-anticipated deal to buy up 21st Century Fox — along with all of Fox’s rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four — Lee now says he's super-pumped that the long-unstitched seam in the Marvel universe finally had been mended.
In post-deal remarks to fansite Newsarama, Lee called the Marvel reunion “a truly great piece of news."
“Now characters such as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four can come home to the place where they belong," he added. "It’s vitally important to have the Marvel characters under one roof. And now, as great as they were before, I can’t wait to see the wonders that will unfold!”
It’s no surprise that Lee would welcome a deal that puts Wolverine on the same studio lot as The Avengers. At a fan event in November, he seemed confident that a reunion would one day happen, telling a panel that “sooner or later … they’re gonna get the rights back to all our characters.”
Lee’s not the only Marvel creator who’s happy about the Disney-Fox merger. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld praised Disney CEO Bob Iger for stating up front that the Deadpool franchise would probably retain its R rating, telling Comicbook.com it was “smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust, and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base.”
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn said in a reaction tweet he’s “personally incredibly happy about it, for obvious reason” — that reason being, of course, the return of the X-Men and Fantastic Four.