The $71.3 billion acquisition of Disney over 20th Century Fox has been finalized and will set the stage for even bigger movies for Disney and Marvel alike in 2019 leading to 2020, but may still need to iron out some wrinkles before setting its eyes on success.
With the successful inquisition, this will result in the X-Men franchise to return to its original home, Marvel along with the Fantastic Four Series.
This may sound like an ideal outcome with Marvel recently producing great movies, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to settle incongruences with previous X-Men and Fantastic Four movies to put them in the state of their current timeline.
If you’ve been keeping track, the X-Men franchise has been in a roller coaster ride in terms of its chronology with going back and forth with the present and the past and is also set to air Dark Pheonix this year. Unlike what Marvel has been doing with a well-established timeline, which allowed its audiences to follow along easily.
Also, there have been two versions of the Fantastic Four franchise, which still needs to be ironed out before their introduction to the MCU, if they will even be included in it.
2019 Is The Biggest Year for Disney
With the entire 2019 slate of Disney is filled with major theatrical productions for the rest of the year, leaving only September blank, it will be quite an issue when the next X-Men or Fantastic Four movies will come into cinemas or even start production.
Just last month, Captain Marvel rolled out on cinemas and Avengers: Endgame to air this April, and Dark Pheonix on June.
Disney live adaptations will also roll out starting with Dumbo, an elephant who learns how to fly with its humungous ears, on March 29; Aladin from the 1992 animated classic on May; and the Lion King on July.
Fans have already expressed polarizing sentiments with Disney’s trend on remaking classics into live adaptations. Some have said that the remakes are unnecessary, ruining the classic masterpiece, while people on the other end are enjoying the trend and will continue supporting Disney’s move.
This also comes along with other sequels like Avengers: Endgame, Spider-man: Far From Home, Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, and Star Wars: Episode IX.
Indeed, it’s going to be a blockbuster-packed 2019 and early 2020, so far, for Disney. But, critics have argued that success may not come easy for Disney since there are just too many to look forward to and they are packed on consecutive months, which may seem to be a “far too many movie tickets to purchase in a single year.”
There are way too many movies on the production line
Alongside movies that are already set to roll out in cinemas in the following months, there are also a ton of movies that are currently in production that Disney is now juggling.
There are latest reports that The Eternals will start filming this Fall and might star Angelina Jolie, as well as, a Black Widow origins movie both to be directed by Chloe Zhao. A Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy sequels and more just from the Marvel Cinematic Universe alone.
There are also reports that a Mulan live adaptation is also well on its way and will be seen on the cinemas in 2020.
Those are just the major production movies that Disney will be producing, not counting all other minor films and TV shows that are set to air in the upcoming months.
What will happen to 20th Century Fox
As of the moment, there are two movies set out that are from the previous production house: Dark Pheonix and New Mutants.
Depending on how the public will react to Dark Pheonix, it may well decide whether or not Disney executives will continue with the current casting of the X-Men characters.
Also, the New Mutants movie is also said to be on the risk of getting pulled out from the slate if Disney decides that the film is unfavorable for their production line.
It is still unclear how Disney and Marvel will be able to iron out the differences from Fox to Disney or just do a start over with the entire franchise. However, the latter is seen to be the most likely path to take.
If the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchise are to enter the MCU Phase 4, they will need to be rebooted in a way that does not disturb the current flow and timeline, which they are famous for.