ByFergus Coyle, writer at
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With the mixed reactions coming in from critics over X-Men: Apocalypse, there's been a fairly vocal amount of people who reckon the X-Men would be in better hands if Disney/Marvel were to get their hands on the mutant team. There's been a misconception that the critics were panning the film thanks to all the headlines about Rotten Tomatoes? Well, if you actually read around on reviews, or even check the average score on RT itself, you'll find that it has a lot of fans among the critics, and a lot of people who weren't taken with it.

Anyway, petty irritation with attitudes towards critics aside, I am severely against the X-Men joining the Avengers. Not because I don't want the Avengers and X-Men to team up (that could be awesome) but if it ever does happen, I want it to be a one off. Here's why:

1) Marvel Monopoly

Marvel is great, and they make good stuff. Having said that, competition is healthy for any market, and there sure isn't anything competitive coming from DC if the box office is anything to go on. So I think if we start just handing everything back to Disney/Marvel, then what need is there for Marvel to ever innovate, up their game, or do anything different? For us to keep getting the best quality superhero films, someone needs to give us quality films to rival what Marvel do. Thanks to Deadpool and Days of Future Past, it looks like Fox may well be able to, so why would we let Marvel absorb them?

2) The X-Men Are Better Than Ever

I'm not a big fan of the first couple of X-Men films. I appreciate the significance of their impact on the genre, but I don't care much for them. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed First Class, Days of Future Past, and Deadpool. If you ask me, those are by far the best three of this series by a country mile. So even if Apocalypse isn't great (I haven't seen it yet), then I'm willing to give it a pass because we're going to get another Deadpool, and X-Force, and probably a couple more films with Michael Fassbender as Magneto, all of which I am completely up for.

3) Separate Universes

Say Fox ignores my last two very well developed points and hands Marvel the X-Men back in return for some magic spell that allows them to make a decent Fantastic 4 movie. Then we've got to find a way of merging these two, very separate, universes into a single one. The only way I can think of doing this is to have them exist in alternate universes to each other, or to completely reboot the X-Men universe. But we already had what was essentially a reboot of the X-Men universe, as well as a feature length ret-con, so I really don't want to have to go through all that again. When you have an established series like the X-Men, it would just be detrimental to both that world and the MCU to try and bring them together.

Wrapping Up...

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