There has been a common statement being shared by comic fans ever since Marvel movies started getting good and Spider-Man and X-Men movies started getting not-so-good.
"Marvel should just buy the rights back."
Honestly, I've thought about this. It seems like a reasonable thing on the surface. There's no reason why they should be left out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Fox and Sony apparently wont cooperate with Marvel to integrate their franchises. Our nerd fantasies must be fulfilled. We need an Avengers vs X-Men movie, we need Spider-man teaming up with the science bros, we need a proper Marvel Civil War movie. Why won't they do it?
Simple: It's a dumb move on all three studios involved.
"How?!" you may ask, your inner man-child boiling with rage. "Who are you to talk ill of my greatest nerdy desire?" Well, let's take a look at all three studios:
Fox: X-Men/Fantastic Four
While the movies have a bad reputation, it seems recently Fox is trying to rectify the problems they've made. Days of Future Past was incredible, as well as The Wolverine, X-Men: First Class, and I still have hopes for their Fantastic Four reboot. And with [X-Men: Apocalypse](movie:1194267) on the way, I'm really excited for what they give us next. It seems as though they've broken past their rough patch and are finally figuring out how these movies work, and how to make them good. Throwing that all away for money is just a waste of potential. While I would love to see Wolverine fight the Hulk, I think Fox still has a few more ideas, and they deserve the chance to show us what they have to offer.
And, for obvious reasons, lets ignore the Tim Story Fantastic Four movies...
I'm not going to act like these movies are A-grade material, but not many comic books movies are. Sony's main problem is that they revamped their Spider-Man, something the fans weren't able to accept. Despite the new movies abilities to outdo the Raimi trilogy at times, they haven't done as well. That doesn't mean Sony doesn't have something that they can't turn into an amazing series (no pun intended).
Besides the potential financial issues they might get if the series flops, Sony has no reason to sell the rights back. They get along with Marvel Studios quite well. As we all know, Sony helped with the special effects in the newest Marvel sensation [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073). Plus, They've had talks discussing if it would be possible to integrate the Web Slinger into the MCU, and apparently both parties are interested. Something on that level could mean more profit for both studios, Sony getting a share of Marvels profit and Marvel getting more because Oh my god, Spider-Man in [The Avengers](movie:9040)!!! Why would they choose to give up such a great opportunity to make history as the first multi-studio collaboration?
Marvel Studios: Just About Everything Else
Ironically, the way I see it, Marvel would have the most to lose with this. I know, it sounds ridiculous, but hear me out. They had very little choice when they were going bankrupt, so desperate for money that they sold the rights to their most popular franchises to different studios. They couldn't make those movies anymore, so they were stuck with their B-list characters. A lot of people really seem to forget that they were taking a huge chance with Iron Man, and look what they did with that. they've managed to turn their lower tier characters into the biggest superhero icons of this century.
Now, imagine if they could buy the rights back. let's say for a moment that Fox relinquished their iron grip on their franchises and Sony buckled and gave the rights to Spidey back. Marvel Studios would be forced to retell their origin stories, as part of an agreement, meaning they can't use previous films for reference. Their entire cinematic universe starts to crumble as they struggle to string together Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch with Magneto and mutants in general, seeing as they aren't actually mutants in the movies. Besides that, there wouldn't be nearly the number of comic book movies being made because they are too busy making other obscure characters movies to make a new Spider-Man or X-Men. If they try to stay ahead by putting out more movies per year, they might go bankrupt again.
In conclusion, Marvel is what it is today because it was forced to up their game. They couldn't shell out their big hitters, so they made their lesser ones into stars. Heck, that was DC's problem for a while, they kept making Batman and Superman movies, but look at them now. We're getting a wider range of characters and a Justice League movie because DC was motivated by the example Marvel laid out. Marvel has revolutionized the comic book genre in direct result of their choices, and frankly, they're better off without their full roster.
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