I haven’t done one of these in a while so since it was a Friday, I figured it would be a fun way to end the week.
For those who don’t know, this is Talk It Out where I throw out a topic and share it with my friends across Kinja for discussion. I did this a while back but haven’t done one in several months. I came up with a fun topic this morning that seemed like a good way to end the week. I want to come up with a way to fit in the remaining Marvel properties that Marvel doesn’t have film rights to into the MCU in a realistic way.
So let us assume that Marvel somehow gets all the rights back to the characters others have. So that would mean they get Xmen and FF from Fox and whatever remains of Spider Man from Sony, assuming that the deal in place leaves Sony any control of the characters or settings. We don’t need to worry about details regarding money and deals with the other studios. For the purpose of this exercise, a magic wand is waived and Marvel now has control.
Now, what we want to do is think about how Marvel can take these newly acquired stable of characters and integrate them into the existing MCU, in a way that makes sense, will not overwhelm audiences and will not lead to what I call “Mortal Kombat Syndrome” where you have so many characters, it feels like you don’t have any since there isn’t enough time to develop them.
One thing to keep in mind is that in addition to the heroes they get the villains and supporting characters as well, many of whom have crossed properties. For example, Apocalypse, the villain from the new X-Men movie has battled other Marvel heroes in his 30 years of comic existence.
So that’s pretty much it. Lets put our heads together and see if we can come up with a way to do this and make it realistic. Keep in mind it doesn’t have to be film only. TV and Netflix are options as well. One thing to keep in mind, do you want to introduce a character via solo film and then add him or her to the team later on, or do what they are doing with Spider Man, where he gets an intro in Civil War and then his own movie to expand his story and world. Also, keep in mind that it can’t work is a perfectly fine answer as well. That is where I lean myself when I hear fans wanting the Xmen or FF in the MCU. Marvel has so much to work with that perhaps trying to fit those characters in would not work. Of course we can always look to the future and fantasy schedule the movies and tv out a few years and see what we come up with.