All of the Bad Things That Will Happen if Disney Buys 21st Century Fox
I have my problems with pretty much everything that Marvel and others have tried to do in terms of wending together a larger scale, full-on Marvel universe ( or three in this case) on the big and small screen. I have issues with some of the goofy villains that they created for the Iron Man movies. I have issues with the notion of making Tony Stark the center-piece of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On the X-Men side of things at Fox, for Pete's sake Brian Singer, pick a damned timeline and stick with it. And he never finished the Rogue story, despite promising to do so. I didn't need First Class, because I do not like child or teen-heroes. And he should have stopped the core X-Men series with Days of Future Past, because he totally FUBAR'd the story he had just done wonderfully by doing Age of Apocalypse afterwards, which unfurled what had just passed before it.
I've long thought, like many others, that the answer to the broken X-Men side of things was to get all of this stuff back under one house. However, despite how well Kevin Feige has done architecting a grand master strategy where we can say that "it's all connected", even that has not worked out to my liking in all cases. And the Marvel House is a Disney House. It's really more like a small set of condos stuffed back in Disney's sub-division. And it has its associated problems as well.
Disney decided to strike the vast majority of the Star Wars canon that had been built after the original trilogy. Some near 30-years of lore that had been built by the blood and sweat of authors like Timothy Zahn, whose body of work has now been cast into the trash heap of mythology. It's really kind of scary; Disney's scorched earth policy has eradicated from existence a whole epoch of science fiction that many of us who grew up in the Cold War era came to know and love. And now generations forward who discover the Star Wars universe will not even know that that even existed. What's to say if Disney gets a wild hair up its butt to do something similar with the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Will it decide to have Feige or his successor hit a big reset button when RDJ and Chris Evans age out? And what if the Fox content, the X-Men and Fantastic Four, are caught up in that maelstrom? In fact, it seems highly likely that Disney will direct Marvel to take that approach when they acquire the rights back to the X-Family and FF-Family of work. Who is to even say that McAvoy and Fassbender will even come over with the license, contractual terms and deals that have to be entirely re-worked under the new stakeholders? While I have my issues with what Singer has done, there have been solid nuggets that I would like to see retained and part of the continuing canon. The Gifted is a thing apart, and I like how it is going, and its ability to tilt its head via one-liners back at the cinematic events in teh X-Men movies, without being contaminated by them.
But my main concern with this potential acquisition is the inability of Hollywood's creators to focus when they are given an entire treasure trove of comic book mythology. Feige has been the only one to do so, and he still has sore spots like Agents of SHIELD and the Inhumans. And the uncanny valley of the NetFlix series and the MCU basically ignoring the existence of each other does not do much to reinforce the "it's all connected" marketing theme. As much as I dislike certain elements of both the Disney / Marvel and Fox franchise strategies, my worry is that mashing them together will make things worse. Marvel Comics has its own long history of creating weird abominations when it has tried to marry up the Avengers family with the X-fam. You get characters on teams that they should never have been on, voicing dialogue that sounds like it's coming from an entirely different person, and motivations that make no sense given a character's background. People will make creative choices because they can, not because they should. And there is risk in stupidity if they try to do things like reconcile the existence of two QuickSilver's across the two universe's. My worry is that if these two licenses get together, there appear to be statistical indicators that lean towards a likely outcome that says it will become an unwieldy mess that will quickly fall apart. My hope is that if this goes down, Marvel and Disney agree to not let it muck with any plans and story architecture already laid out, and that we do not see any evidence of this stuff until after Infinity War is done. What I do not want or need is another X3 or Spider-Man 3, with everything from both franchises junked into one mega-movie that lacks any creative value and is just a big money-grab. Right now, I just want to pleasantly see the events unfold that have already been planned out. Marvel should take their time figuring out the best way to integrate these two universe's and not let some marketing chump work them up to a frothing lather to do something quickly. Take an offsite guys, or two or three. You've got plenty of time.