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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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Stephen King tweets 5 words about the ‘IT’ sequel, instantly goes viral

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Stephen King wants you to know the second part of ‘IT’ is on the way…

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“It’s not often you find yourself eagerly awaiting a fresh glimpse of a nightmare-inducing clown, but here we are.

It’s now been well over a year since Andrés Muschietti’s IT adaptation giggled its way into theatres, before going on to smash the previous record for highest-grossing U.S. box office horror movie. Since then, we’ve had some good — if slightly far-off sounding — news: IT Chapter Two will be coming to theatres on 6 Sept. 2019.

Okay, so that may still be nine months away, but — judging by Stephen King’s recent tweet — we may be due a clown-themed surprise earlier than expected.

So, what exactly does that mean, then?

Well, if we had to guess, it seems likely that King has recently seen some promotional material relating to the film — possibly an image, or maybe even some early footage. Perhaps something that we may get to see ourselves before too long.

It certainly feels like we’re overdue some Pennywise…

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/stephen-king-tweet-it-chapter-two/

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Zac Efron just shared a new photo of himself as serial killer Ted Bundy

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“The last time we saw our favourite teen heartthrob Zac Efron, he was prancing around the stage in The Greatest Showman. But in his next movie, Zefron is taking it in a whole other direction.

The former High School Musical and Baywatch star just shared a new photo of himself in the upcoming movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, where he portrays infamous American serial killer Ted Bundy.

Efron shared a photo of what appears to be Bundy in a courtroom, captioned “Ready for Sundance!”

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile is set to premiere at the film festival in January 2019.

The movie tells the story of Ted Bundy from the perspective of his girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer, played by Lily Collins (daughter of Phil).

Real-life Ted Bundy murdered at least 30 women between 1973 and 1978. He was sentenced to death and died in the electric chair in the state of Florida in 1989.

If Zefron is as good at acting like a complete psychopath as he is at dancing, singing, and basketball, this movie’s bound to be good.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/zac-efron-ted-bundy-instagram/

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‘Game of Thrones’ filmed fake scenes to keep Season 8 secrets

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“The secrets of the realm must always be protected, which is why Game of Thrones Season 8 filmed fake scenes to mislead spies and sleuths who are after the final season’s secrets.

Director David Nutter confirmed to Huffington Post that he had in fact filmed scenes he knew were fake.

Actress Sophie Turner previously brought up such measures in October, along with on-set “drone killers,” fake script titles, and more.

“Sometimes there were paparazzi in amazing places on construction cranes and all kinds of crazy places, to try to get a point of view of things,” Nutter told HuffPo.

“They were all over, everywhere, trying to get in on what was happening. But it was definitely a situation where there was no paper on the set,” he continued. “[The production team] wanted to make sure nobody knew what was happening, and they went to the nth degree, like they do on the show in general. They basically take it to the point where it’s like the Gestapo. It’s tough to get answers.”

Though these lengths sound extreme, Nutter seems confident they’ll be worth it in the end……………………………..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/game-of-thrones-season-8-fake-scenes/

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