To say the Fantastic Four haven’t had much luck at the box office is putting it mildly — there have been three attempts so far at translating Marvel’s First Family to screen, the first of them so cheap and rushed that it entered bad movie infamy and its existence eventually became a plot point on Arrested Development. But now that Disney solidly owns the property, they can establish some quality control and push out the first non-embarrassing F4 adaption in history.
Back in the 1990s when the speculator bubble burst and comics sales were sagging, Marvel and DC came up with the idea to go 50/50 on a massive, inter-company-wide crossover event that would see the two rival universes merge for the first time. The Amalgam Age was the result, showing off a blending of heroes like Dark Claw (Batman and Wolverine), Super Soldier (Superman and Captain America) and Iron Lantern (it’s obvious).
With another Super Bowl usually comes a wave of new movie trailers, some for films that aren’t due for ten months (maybe we’ll get to Wicked, maybe we won’t) but the one we were waiting for was Deadpool 3, now called Deadpool And Wolverine. And it didn’t take very long in the game for us to get it.
Marvel’s She-Hulk: Attorney At Law premiered on Disney+ in the summer of 2022. Critics loved it, but the audience response was middle of the road (it got better ratings than Secret Invasion, but didn’t become as huge as WandaVision). Even still, that would be enough for a second season…at least that’s the hope of those who enjoyed it.
If you’re one of the folks who have been annoyed that Disney hasn’t acted appropriately following the list of allegations against actor Jonathan Majors, your wait is over. A guilty verdict was handed down for Majors this morning, and almost immediately afterward, Marvel announced the actor would no longer be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Disney+’s Marvel content got off to a very strong start with the imaginative, innovative WandaVision…and then it was gradually downhill from there. But Marvel is finally putting some of the better shows on physical media, starting tomorrow with the one that started it all. You can pop the discs in and relive the mystery, the media satire and the exhilaration of finally seeing the MCU Wanda fully transform into the Scarlet Witch of the comics (y’know, before the movies screwed that up).
Disney has managed to wrangle back each piece of the Marvel Universe the company sold off to cover its debts in the 90s…with the exception of Spider-Man. The movie rights to that character and everything relating to him solidly belong to Sony Pictures, and the only way Disney can have Spidey in Avengers movies is if they negotiate. In the meantime, Sony is free to make movies out of any Spider-Man character, no matter how obscure or unknown. And they will.
Two years ago, the miniseries Hawkeye premiered on Disney+, about the Avenger and his (maybe) daughter who desired to follow in his arrow-firing footsteps. Like the majority of Marvel shows produced exclusively for Disney+, it was aimed at a family audience. Soon after, Disney announced a spinoff centered around one of the characters introduced in Hawkeye. It’s taken a while it to show up, but it turns out to be very different from what it spun from.
Variety published a pretty damaging report today on closed-door discussions at Disney, where the faltering sales and interest of the MCU is starting to concern them. Fan reaction and box office sales just haven’t been the same since after Endgame, and they’re starting to regret putting all their eggs in the superhero basket.
According to a new report from THR, we could be waiting a lot longer for Disney+’s Daredevil: Born Again. The upcoming series uses the same actor for Matt Murdock as the gritty TV show formerly on Netflix, but early reports suggested it would be different in tone, perhaps LESS gritty to fit better with the MCU as a whole.
It was six years ago when The Walt Disney Company first announced it was absorbing 20th Century Fox (now 20th Century Studios), and one major motive for that purchase was blatantly obvious: Disney only partially owned the movie rights to the Marvel catalogue. Marvel had given the X-Men away to Fox (as well as the Fantastic Four) and buying the studio outright would mean Disney owned the concept of a mutant again, and wouldn’t have to keep pushing “Inhumans” as a thing.
Secret Invasion turned out to be exactly what the Marvel Cinematic Universe DIDN’T need right now — a boring slog of a miniseries that did nothing to draw an increasingly apathetic public back from “superhero fatigue.” Can Loki, God of Mischief and former nemesis of the Avengers, change that fate? You all loved him once, remember?