Do Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Charles Xavier, Magneto, and Wade Wilson stand a chance of joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe? According to CNBC, the answer is back to a very tentative "maybe".
Earlier this week, hopes were dashed (or reignited depending on which side of the argument you fall on) when it seemed like a pending and significant Disney buyout of 20th Century Fox was dead in the water. The proposed deal would see Fox giving up many of its entertainment franchises such as those based on Marvel comics so that the media company could prioritize news and sports.
Properties like the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Cable, and Deadpool are all currently owned by Fox and therefore cannot be utilized by Marvel Studios. Even when they are used like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Age of Ultron, Feige and Co. are under certain restrictions such as not being able to use the word "mutant." The entire debate has always been drenched in legalese and give-and-takes between the opposing studios drawing from similar creative wells, and it seemed this would continue until today.
Based on the aforementioned report, CNBC's David Faber says that "pencils aren't down" on the buyout. Faber, who broke the news about the deal earlier in the week, is quoted as saying that neither corporation seems to have abandoned the idea despite not having met to discuss anything concrete. Nevertheless, the stocks of both are up with Disney rising 7 percent and Fox rising 18 percent.
While nothing is set in stone (a little Ben Grimm joke for you), Fox may be tempted to eventually share some of its Marvel characters anyway, after seeing the success Sony had in allowing Peter Parker to be used in Spider-Man: Homecoming. More to the point, the company probably realizes that a fresh studio (especially one so beloved as Marvel Studios) could breathe actual success into things like, oh say, The Fantastic Four, a property that has failed time and again with critics and box office receipts while under the Fox banner.
On the other hand, one could make the case that Disney's inability to use standard favorites forces them to look elsewhere and bring lesser-known heroes to the screen like the Guardians of the Galaxy, which put a nice twist on the genre. Plus, it's highly unlikely Disney would be willing to roll the dice on R-rated superhero fare like Deadpool and Logan, so a little diversity obviously isn't a bad thing here.
What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons in regards to a potential Fox or Disney deal?