Most fans have longed for the day when every Marvel character can play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In order for that to happen, Disney is going to have to get the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises back from Fox. The chances of that happening were located somewhere between slim and none until we learned on Monday that Disney actually has held talks with Fox about buying the latter’s movie studio and cable networks. It seemed like a dream come true for most, but not for everyone, including Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld.
Liefeld was probably relieved to learn that the talks between Disney and Fox are no longer active. Of course, those negotiations can be reactivated at any moment and Liefeld is urging Fox to hold off on any sale of its movie studio to Disney. He wrote an open letter to Fox and shared it on his Facebook page.
Dear Rupert (Hi James, Hi Lachlan),
It’s your buddy Rob. Wait on any further talks until Deadpool 2 opens and does a billion. And X-Force!
This is your Star Wars franchise and you’ve only scratched the surface. Everyone on the film side has kicked into overdrive. Watch that portfolio grow!
All the best,
That’s an aggressive box office prediction for Deadpool 2, even with the first film’s $783M worldwide haul. Equating Deadpool and X-Force with Star Wars is a little much, but there is no doubt that those Marvel franchises hold tremendous value for Fox.
This deal, as it was previously being negotiated, was about way more than just a couple movies, or even franchises. Not only was the entire 21st Century Fox movie studio at stake, but also several cable networks. It’s too big for Deadpool 2 and X-Force to tip the scales in either direction.
Liefeld’s main point here is likely the same concern that bothers some fans about this potential deal. There is a fear that Deadpool and other R-rated franchises would disappear under the Disney/Marvel Studios umbrella. That may be true, but even if the deal got done today, it would take so long to go into effect that Deadpool 2 and X-Force would both have time to enjoy their respective theatrical runs.
Beyond 2018 and 2019, there are options to keep R-rated Marvel superhero franchises running, even if they are owned by Disney, but for now there is no need for Liefeld or Deadpool fans to worry. The deal between Disney and Fox is dead, until it isn’t.