Hello there! I have been a reader and follower of MoviePilot for a few years now and have finally gathered up the effort to write my first ever article! Woo....
Now, I have been thinking about this theory for a long time now, ever since the event happened and still to this day, have I seen no real evidence as to what the deal was. You may think what deal is this guy talking about?
Remember when Fox gained the rights to making TV shows for their beloved X-Men characters? Well now Fox are teaming up with MARVEL to create a handful of new shows such as Hellfire (based on the same antagonistic group from X-Men: First Class), Legion (based on David Haller, an omega levelled mutant and son of Charles Xavier), and New Mutants (a group of young mutants, studying at Xaviers School for Gifted Youngsters).
Before long, they will probably be creating more mutant related TV shows for the likes of X-Force maybe, if they don't end up on the big screen, perhaps a show based around Wolverine during his WW2 days, or even Magik, Mr Sinister, who knows?? (I'm just flinging names out there now to make my theory seem more dramatic by the way, I don't actually think they'll be made). Now for my actual theory:
What if I told you guys that I don't think MARVEL have actually just handed Fox this opportunity on a plate? What if during their negotiations with Fox, they actually asked for something specific and now that the deals been sealed, they got what they want and have kept it under wraps since?
Now you're all probably thinking "nah this kids crazy, everyone knows that MARVEL didn't genuinely sell the rights to Fox and are working with them, by keeping themselves as producers. Fox have the creative powers but MARVEL are still in charge with their distributional powers and when the first season is released, all assess and profits gets split (by how much I don't know)". Just like our friendly neighbourhood Spider-man :)
Hear me out and think about it. Why, oh why, would MARVEL present Fox with the creative rights for their characters when MARVEL have been on a stressful journey into getting all of their characters rights back for the big screen? You may be thinking "money, duh". But if you are then you are totally wrong. You don't know the full extent of this fully fledged war between Fox and MARVEL it's big and I mean big!
Do you realise how desperate MARVEL are for getting the rights back for their characters? Very. And MARVEL have gone through some drastic measures. In a way, you can say that it can come across as immature but at the same time, it's genius! Over the last few years MARVEL have picking at Fox indirectly, like there will be other reasons but the MARVEL/Fox war is one of those reasons, due to an unhealthy relationship. We know that, in the comics, MARVEL have had it's Inhumans slowly been killing off and replacing it's main characters and not bringing them back to life (how un-MARVEL-like), such as the impeccable Wolverine in "The Death of Wolverine" as he has now been replaced by X-23.
We should all know by now that the Fantastic Four comics have been cancelled... Yep MARVELS first family have come to an end, the characters are around still but doing things with other people away from each other, like Ben Grimm is currently a Guardian, Johnny is apart of the uncanny Avengers/Inhumans and Richard is technically in New Avengers, but know more group activities anymore.
So from what has been going down at MARVEL, I personally don't think they would dare be selling or even borrowing rights for that matter, to Fox or any other studio in a long, long time.
Now, what or who do I think MARVEL may have received and are now keeping under wraps? Think back to last year. Fox released a film last year that turned out so bad and I mean bad, not only did it flop but now it's been scrapped of its 2017 release date and will possibly be replaced by non other than our favourite powerhouse franchise anti hero Deadpool! Can you guess who it was that flopped that badly, they've been scrapped?
Yaaaay, you guessed it:
Now, you see, soon after the film release and its massive flop this photo was taken:
And then on the same day:
See the difference? No Fantastic Four cast.... Now this is only a rumour and a rumour at that. The rumour is that fox believed that after their omega flop, they weren't gonna carry on with the Fantastic Four and so prepared for that with the above photo.
So after knowing about inevitable and after receiving creative rights to TV shows, this brings me to who/what I think MARVEL gained from Fox and are now keeping under wraps, possibly for Phase 4 of the MCU.
The rights back to their first family!!
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