Okay, I'm going to start this post by complaining. And no, this time it's not about how we don't have tater tots over here in the UK. Instead, it's about how much it sucks that 20th Century Fox own the rights to a ton of super-cool super-heroes that really belong over at Marvel.
These include the likes of Deadpool, the entire X-Men and the Fantastic Four, to name a but a few - and what this means is that we'll never see an Avengers VS X-Men movie, or anything like a Wolverine VS Hulk scenario.
I'll give you all a minute to cope with that pain.
So, now that you're done mourning the cinematic deaths of Black Panther's and Storm's relationship and an Avengers VS X-Men movie, I'll tell you right now that it isn't all a bad thing.
Well, not exactly. First off, this could all be subject to change. As we all know, Spider-Man just swung his way back into his rightful home of the MCU, and who knows, at some point down the line maybe other outside-owned superheroes will too.
But aside from that, let's look on the bright side of things. Soon, we'll have three well-established, varying cinematic universes in which different superheroes reside: the MCU, the DCCU, and, inevitably, the FCU. As an individual, I think it'll be cool to have films not all necessarily follow Marvel's light-hearted theme, or DC's dark and brooding schematic. So, what better way to fill in the grey area between those two than with the FCU? Here's why I think that you guys should be getting just as hyped for X-Men: Apocalypse as you are for Avengers: Infinity War.
And, don't get me wrong, I'm still annoyed we don't have tater tots.
The Middle Ground
As I say, we're all familiar with the sunshine-filled MCU and it reputation for keeping things PG-13. I mean, c'mon, I'm not the only one who was disappointed that Ultron only turned out to be a talking microwave.
Likewise, we all know about Christopher Nolan's Dark knight trilogy, which really did live up to the name dark - and it's generally accepted that the reboot of DC's movie world will be just as grim.
So I for one am happy we'll have something to fill in the grey area. I think it's safe to say that the likes of X-Men: Days of Future Past was almost a perfect blend of the two ends of the spectrum, and with plenty of other titles rolling in from Fox, it'll be great to see a little variation on the formula-following universes of Marvel and DC.
Let's face it, although it's disappointing that they'll never meet Cap or Iron Man, Fox sure as heck knew who to buy when they secured the film rights. We've got the newly-rebooted Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and, of course, Deadpool.
Luckily/unluckily for us, FOX own the rights to notorious Marvel villains the Skrulls. The Skrulls are an immensely powerful alien race (capable of instantly transforming their bodies and giving themselves virtually any power) who were seemingly succeeded by the Chitauri in Avengers Assemble, a touch many were skeptical of. The Skrulls have more than given Marvel's big hitters a run for their money in comic-book story arcs, so potentially they will be the reason for a 'Fantastic Four & X-Men' movie somewhere down the line.
For me at least, it'll be interesting to see how the execs at Fox work out their various inevitable team-ups, seeing as all of their known characters will be in a shared universe, especially considering the fact that Marvel Comics haven't ever actually been too big on Deadpool-and-Fantastic-Four team-ups (or even shared stories.) Lucky for us, this means that the script writers will be able to invent new stories designed specifically for the big screen when the time comes. Yippee.
As well as this, the FCU is pretty confined in terms of Marvel-owned characters. So either it can stick to a small character base, or, inevitably, add to it. We already know they're going to make a bigger thing of the wildcard Negasonic Teenage Warhead than Marvel ever did in their upcoming Deadpool movie - and who's to say the bosses at Fox won't add more minor characters to their pool, or even invent new, unseen-before ones? Personally, I'd love to potentially see a few exclusively-cinematic supers blowing stuff up and putting it back together. I think there's definitely a market for a Batman that can shoot lazers from his eyes. Anyone? No? Just me?
But no seriously, if you're reading this, Fox, give me a call. I wanna design superheroes.
If you, like me, have seen the latest reboot of Fantastic Four, you'll know that Fox went all-in with the character development. In my opinion, a little too much, but it really has set the way for an amazing sequel, potentially featuring the Silver Surfer or something like that.
One thing that is for sure is that they won't stick to total all-out character development. The FCU already has very well-established characters within its X-Men franchise, so I imagine we'll see the Fantastic Four hit a similar stage of recognition in the sequel that's due 2017.
In terms of their other major character, Deadpool (let's face it) is already a widely-known and well-established kinda guy. After all, that is what you get when you're practically an immortal, wise-cracking samurai with pistols.
For those among you who aren't total superhero connoisseurs, the FCU will serve you as a refreshing dose of superhero action that isn't always best enjoyed by scouring each second for every easter egg. On the contrary, due to its smaller character base, the Fox movie world won't have anywhere near as many references or hidden truths in its rolls of film.
Simple enough, right?
(see what I did there?)
Fortunately for us geeks though, the Fox universe is already starting to show a few pretty well-hidden and important easter eggs. For instance:
In the Fantastic Four reboot, 8-year-old Reed Richard's teacher asks about his flying car project, making an obvious reference to the early stages of the Fantasticar.
So you get the gist of things - the FCU will be simple, with enough fanboy-based satisfaction packed in to amuse the minorities. The result? Well, here's to hoping it'll be a well-balanced and enjoyable cinematic experience each time one of their new titles hits screens.
Overall, the near-perfect mix of near-opposite characters in the FCU will provide a wonderful world to delve into, whereas directing and script-writing talent can provide a completely different and refreshing dynamic compared to what we're used to. What do you guys think? Is the Fox Cinematic Universe destined to fail? Or is it a success in the making? Leave comments, take the poll - or even better - create your own post about it.