Disney Close To Buying 20th Century Fox Elements - Let's Speculate
Back in the sweltering heat of July, I posited some serious implications for the reality-altering consequences of Thanos and his Infinity Gauntlet once Avengers: Infinity War singes our retinas. I described some things that could happen in the movie that would make for an excellent front for things happening between studios behind the scenes. If you read that article (go ahead and read it, I'll wait), then you know what the Gauntlet is and what it can do, at least in the comics. If you read the article on who Thanos is, then you know the why of it all, again, as far as the comics are concerned. So the framework is there. All it should take is some logistics between studios. At the time that I wrote that initial article, James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1, 2) threw some cold water on the notion. However, it seems that with the holidays come tidings of great orgasm. Or whatever counts as joy for you.
Fast forward to December and the holy grail of acquisitions is set to occur. Every news outlet and their mother have been reporting that Disney is set to close a deal to buy Fox's film and television divisions for upwards of $60 billion and that sale will be final within days. Now, lots of people are talking about the hardcore negatives of monopolies and business-controlled markets, and that's all well and good, but you're here to read about Deadpool and the X-Men, among others, joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Maybe nothing will change, you say. Maybe they'll buy it and everything will remain the same. I don't think Kevin Feige, Marvel's super-producer, got that message. Apparently, Feige is ecstatic. He can't wait to get his hands on the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Who can blame him? The vast majority of MCU fans have been dying for that day to come. Also, can you imagine the Deadpool hijinks? I'm sure Ryan Reynolds is down for it all. Imagine an Avengers huddle before a battle and as the camera is panning around everyone in the group, you see Deadpool there as if he was always a part of the team and awaiting instructions on what he's supposed to do. Genius. I'm not the only one who thinks so:
Reynolds isn't the only one to have some fun with the idea:
Honestly, I think that would be hilarious for a Marvel Short. Anyway, I promised some speculation and here goes...
The deal closes and the MCU is "whole". Who's the next big-bad? Galactus
It doesn't get any big-baddier than that, now does it? Thanos is defeated but in the catastrophic devastation left in the wake of a battle like that, the fabric of the universe has been "thinned'. In The Flash season 2, when he fought the likes of Zoom, another thing the team had to deal with was the fact that very small breaches remained in the wake of the giant singularity at the end of season 1. I won't get into the details of that, but those breaches led to different dimensions and parallel Earths. The same idea can be put in place here. Galactus, for the uninitiated, is a world-destroyer. He consumes the energy of a planet as a source of fuel for himself. He goes from planet to planet, seeking sustenance. It goes beyond good and evil. Galactus is hungry. He feeds and sends his herald (Silver Surfer is the most famous of them) to find more worlds that he can feed on. So, what if Galactus notices these breaches and realizes there's plenty of planets, an infinite amount, to feed on? Yea.
So that does a couple things: 1) It gives direction to the cosmic side of the MCU for the next 10 years, and 2) It gives us Silver Surfer, and any Marvel character that's not in the current MCU, access to our world through the breaches. That and our next Thanos-level big bad to deal with. What team in the Marvel stable has a history of dealing with Galactus? The Fantastic Four. An already established Fantastic Four from another universe can easily come through one of the breaches to help deal with the issue. That also opens up a world where Victor Von Doom doesn't suck (I'm looking at you Fantastic Four Reboot).
There was an idea for a Doom solo movie in the vein of Tom Hardy's Venom. One of the names thrown around for the part was Mads Mikkelsen. Yes, he was already in Doctor Strange but we're talking alternate universes here. Even if he's not dead in the MCU he can still be used by way of a breach from another universe. Even if it's not Mads, Doom is Doom. Almost everyone thinks that Tony Stark will bite the big one in Infinity War and who better to fill the void? Instead of the egotistical charm and wit of a billionaire playboy and philanthropist, we get the just as egotistical Doom as an anti-hero with loads of money, brilliance and suits of armor all his own.
The possibilities are endless. The sheer volume of characters the MCU will have access to is mind-boggling. There's speculation that this next X-Men film will be the last of its kind. There's talk that it will be rebooted afterward. See where I'm going with this? Of course it could be a situation where Feige and co have heavy input as to how the characters are developed while the heavy lifting is still being done in the way it was done before, but I like my idea better ;)
Avengers vs X-Men anyone?