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X-Men vs. the Avengers and other movie crossovers we want from the Disney-Fox deal

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No wonder Mickey looks so happy he’s about to make all the money with that new Fox deal.

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Just when we thought Disney couldn’t dominate the box office any more completely, they went and picked up 20th Century Fox.

There’s every reason to fret about this latest turn of events. Will the Mouse House discourage Fox’s edgier projects? Might the decreased competition lead to ever-bigger, ever-blander movies? How much more power will Disney have to throw around the next time they pick a fight with the press?

But it’s a done deal. All we can do now is wait and hope for the best. And given that that’s where we’re at, we’ve got some ideas about how we’d like things to go.

Fox brings to Disney a whole new raft of IP just waiting to be milked. The Mouse House now gets all the upcoming Avatar and Alien sequels, and the opportunity to revive Die Hard. Beyond that, the possibilities are endless, at least in theory: Indiana Jones could hang out with John McClane! Buzz Lightyear could visit Pandora! The Kingsmen could enlist Captain Jack Sparrow!

With that in mind, here are some franchise-crossing outcomes we’d like to see.

The Avengers meet the X-Men

You know you want it.

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This is the biggie. This is the idea that had superhero movie fans salivating the moment the rumors began. And it’s one Disney will find impossible to resist forever.

Think of the audiences they can attract, the toys they can sell, the hype they can build, by bringing the X-Men and the Avengers into the same universe. Imagine Tony Stark butting heads with Charles Xavier, or Black Panther befriending Storm. Captain America will be able to say the word “mutant” without worrying his parent company will get sued. Scarlet Witch will get to meet the other Quicksilver.

… Which brings up another key point: Merging these universes, as fun as it is to think about, is going to be tricky. There are details that don’t really line up, like the dueling Quicksilvers. More generally, Disney-Marvel is extremely meticulous with its continuity; Fox-Marvel is not. Both approaches have their advantages and disadvantages.

Will Disney impose their strict standards on the X-Men? Or will the MCU leave them alone, and just wave away the discrepancies as “alternate reality” nonsense? (Hey, it works in the comics.)

The Fantastic Four hang out with the Incredibles

Then there’s the other crown jewel in Fox’s superhero stable – the Fantastic Four. If Disney does decide to fold the X-Men franchise into the MCU, they’ll probably do the same with the Fantastic Four. But who’s to say they need to stop at the MCU?

We’d love to see some more unexpected team-ups and rivalries out of this deal, even if they aren’t strictly MCU canon. How about introducing the Fantastic Four to another superpowered family unit?

Deadpool befriends Spider-Man

Could we see this on the big screen? Maybe! (But probably not.)

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The Fox deal has massive implications for the MCU, but it’s not the first time Disney’s managed to regain (some) control of a beloved comic book icon. The studio struck an unprecedented deal with Sony to share Spider-Man, which is how Peter Parker wound up in Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War.

As a result, Spidey’s also in play when we’re imagining crossover possibilities – which, yes, means you could finally get the Deadpool / Spider-Man team-up of your dreams on the big screen.

Assuming, that is, that Disney’s okay with letting its teenage hero hang out with an R-rated mercenary. Which is a big if. Yeah, we wouldn’t count on this one.

Star Wars gets back its Fox fanfare

Okay, let’s move on from superheroes and into outer space.

Although Disney acquired Lucasfilm five years ago, there’s still a huge subset of fans who fell in love with Star Wars when it was still owned by 20th Century Fox – and who still feel a little weird about not hearing that famous fanfare before the opening scroll.

With this new deal, Disney could maybe right that wrong. But will they? It’s clear that scrapping the Fox fanfare hasn’t hurt Star Warsreputation with critics or its box office potential. Why fix what isn’t broken?

The Alien xenomorphs become Disney princesses

Look, we’re not saying that a princesses / xenomorphs crossover will actually happen. We’re just saying that it’s confirmed fact now that the xenomorphs are Disney princesses, per the flawless logic above.

(But for the record, in case anyone at Disney is listening: We would totally be into a princesses / xenomorphs crossover.)

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/12/14/disney-fox-deal-crossovers-marvel/

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Sounds like Jon Hamm would be interested in playing Batman

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Jon Hamm, future Batman?

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“There have been been rumours and speculation about Ben Affleck stepping down as Batman for a long time now — and with the recent reports that Henry Cavill may also be on his way out as Superman, they’ve been given a fresh lease of life.

The question is, who would replace him?

Well, there would probably be no shortage of actors lining up — and it sounds like Jon Hamm is keen to place himself towards the front of the queue.

“It depends on the script, what the story is,” Hamm recently told Graham Bensinger during an In Depth interview, per the Hollywood Reporter. “I am a huge comic book fan, always have been. I’ve read comic books since I was nine or younger. And I’m pretty knowledgeable about a lot of them. And I like the genre, and I like when they’re done well.”

“I’d probably fit the suit.”

Hamm went on to say that he’s heard rumours of fans calling for him to play Batman since the early days of Mad Men — but so far it’s not something he’s ever discussed with anyone.

“I have never been offered anything,” he said. “I think the internet wants what it wants. But, I mean, a lot of people have to sign off on that, obviously not just the internet.”

So would Hamm be interested if someone were to approach him about the role?

“I’d probably fit the suit,” he said. “I’d have to work out a lot, which I don’t love. But, I am sure there’s an interesting version of that being out there.

“And if they wanted to tap me on the shoulder and ask me to do it, why not?”

Why not, indeed.”

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‘Guardians’ star Dave Bautista: ‘I dont know if I want to work for Disney’

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“I dont know if I want to work for Disney.”

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The ousting of James Gunn from the third Guardians of the Galaxy film has left Dave Bautista incensed.

In an interview on Saturday, the Hollywood star — who plays Drax — told The Jonathan Ross Show that his future in the third film of the franchise is in doubt.

“It’s a bittersweet conversation. No, it’s a bitter-bitter conversation, because I’m not really happy with what they’ve done with James Gunn,” he said.

“They’re putting the movie off. It’s on hold indefinitely. And to be honest with you, I don’t know if I want to work for Disney.”

“Bautista has long threatened to cut ties if Gunn wasn’t given his job back, telling ShortList that he would “ask [Marvel] to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me.”

Back in July, Gunn was ousted as director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after inappropriate tweets written years ago were unearthed, and last month, Disney and Marvel finally closed the door to giving him a second chance.

“I’ve been very vocal about the way I feel. I am not afraid to admit how I feel,” Bautista told the show.

It might be surprising to hear an actor be so outspoken against his employers (especially since others would just opt to shut up and take the money) but as Bautista puts it: “I don’t think I’m your typical Hollywood guy.”

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Ethan Hawke: superhero movies are overrated

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The actor has drawn anger for comments suggesting that commercial concerns are behind presentation of films such as Logan as highbrow entertainment

The actor Ethan Hawke has questioned the quality of superhero films, saying that even the most praised are not Bresson … not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is.

In an interview with the Film Stage, Hawke discussed what he saw as the increasing marginalisation of indie movies at the multiplex.

Now we have the problem that they tell us Logan is a great movie, he said. Well, its a great superhero movie. It still involves people in tights with metal coming out of their hands. Its not Bresson. Its not Bergman. But they talk about it like it is.

Logan, in which Hugh Jackman played an ageing Wolverine, won acclaim for what many saw as an emotional depth unusual in the genre. Its screenplay won nominations from the Academy Awards and Writers Guild of America.

Hawke continued: I went to see Logan cos everyone was like, This is a great movie and I was like, Really? No, this is a fine superhero movie. Theres a difference, but big business doesnt think theres a difference. Big business wants you to think that this is a great film because they wanna make money off of it.

Hawkes comments met with a mixed reception online, where many accused him of pretentiousness.

jourdain searles (@jourdayen)

this ethan hawke discourse is STILL HAPPENING? hes always been a snob, yall. hes not taking superhero movies away from you, lol.

August 27, 2018

Alexandre ‘Crabbe Goyle’ Pereira (@pereira_alex_89)

What is a “great film”, because I thought that Logan was at least a triple threat – great script, great performance and great direction.
But people like Ethan Hawke is exactly why that most popular movie category is bullshit, because it allows film snobs to denounce great movies https://t.co/4Byzdyl64w

August 26, 2018

The actor who is currently winning acclaim for his performance in Paul Schraders First Reformed was accused of a similar elitism five years ago, when he attacked the Oscars for celebrating forgettable, stupid movies and mediocre performers.

Making a priority of chasing these fake carrots and money and dubious accolades, was, he said, I think, really destructive.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/aug/27/ethan-hawke-superhero-movies-are-overrated-logan

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