Fox and Marvel Rumored to Have Held Discussions Over Potential Collaboration

Monday, 27 June 2016 - 8:11AM
Monday, 27 June 2016 - 8:11AM
After Sony and Marvel achieved the seemingly impossible feat of bringing Spider-Man into the MCU, fans swiftly turned their intention to their next 'unification' target, 20th Century Fox. Fox, who own the rights to major Marvel franchises such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four, have come under increasing pressure to relinquish control of those properties following the less than stellar X-Men: Apocalypse and 2015 Fantastic Four reboot.

Such a move has, understandably, always felt incredibly likely. Despite recent poor performances, Fox's Marvel properties have often made them a great deal of money. Most recently, Deadpool proved to Hollywood that an R-rating could result in big box-office dollars, and X-Men: Days of Future Past secured both a strong critical reception and solid performance at the box-office. But, for Marvel fans, having the likes of Deadpool, Wolverine, and the Fantastic Four outside of the MCU has left a distinct taste of missed opportunities in their mouths. Now though, a new rumor suggests that the notion of a Fox/Marvel team-up might not be quite as impossible as we once thought.

Matt Key, the producer of Kevin Smith's Fatman on Batman show, joined Collider Heroes recently, bringing a rumor that Fox and Marvel have discussed (briefly) the possibility of a future movie collaboration.

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"I've heard from a few of my sources, my little birds, that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there's interest from Fox, like, 'Ooh, y'know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…' We're years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that's what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel…"
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Admittedly, this isn't much to go on, but the timing is interesting. Sony's landmark deal with Marvel would have no doubt caught the attention of a great number of people in the industry, Fox execs included. In collaborating with Marvel, Sony removed a major mental barrier for Fox and Marvel fans. No longer is such a partnership merely a figment of our imaginations, and should Spider-Man: Homecoming go on to live up to its massive potential, it wouldn't be a massive surprise to see the minds of Fox execs open up to the idea.

So, should Fox and Marvel team up on a future movie, we just need to ask ourselves which characters we'd like to see make an appearance in the MCU. Would you go for the Fantastic Four, or one (or all) of the X-Men?
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