It took years for Marvel and Sony to mend their friendship, and agree to a joint custody over Spider-Man. Years of negotiations and wrangling, before the webhead was finally allowed to cross on over into the mega-popular shared universe that Disney owns right now. But that’s a deal that has worked out tremendously for both parties.
Not only did Sony gain access to a creative think tank that’ll allow them to make a Spider-Man movie that hopefully won’t smell like Batman Forever/V Superman, but Marvel gets to inject some fresh new blood into a movie universe that has been around for almost a decade now. Spider-Man is one of the cornerstone characters of that source material library, alongside several other properties. Properties that are owned by Fox right now, and that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige doesn’t expect to see any collaborations with for quite some time. Or ever, at this rate.
“It’s an impossibility at this juncture,” Feige said to Variety.
We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes.
What a pity. Still, the manner in which Feige phrased that is interesting, as Marvel movies work along the lines of phases, which are already mapped out to 2020 and beyond over at the house of mouse. But don’t expect Fox to play ball. They may have traded over a living planet in exchange for some editing power on Deadpool, but even when the X-Men franchise underperforms at the box office it still brings in a ton of cash.
Over $548 million off of a $178 million budget, which ain’t bad at all. The odd thing amidst all this? That while Fox and Marvel may not be working anytime soon in the movie industry, the TV business is an entirely different story. In fact, the two are working together right now on Legion, a series that focuses on the schizophrenic son of Professor Charles Xavier. David Haller happens to also be a mutant like dear old dad and may just be the most powerful Homo Superior alive.
If his rampant mental illnesses don’t tear the world apart that is.
Still, times change and Fox desperately needs a retooling of their X-Men franchise. And maybe once Marvel begins to look beyond phases three and four, a partnership can be worked out. Because dammit, I’d pay top dollar to see Fox allow for a properly good Fantastic Four or X-Men movie to be developed under the guiding hand of Marvel. Especially if it finally gives Doctor Doom the cinematic glory that Doom deserves.