You may have heard rumours that Disney was looking at purchasing the TV and film portions of Fox. It's been an off and on again drama for a few months now but it appears to be on and not only on but close to a done deal. It looks like it's been approved and just needs the approval of the shareholders in order for the $52ish billion deal to go through.
This deal includes things like The Simpsons, Hulu (which will give Disney the majority share) and most interestingly to me, Marvel properties that were held by Fox. So the X-Men, Fantastic 4 and Deadpool will be back with the rest of their Marvel counterparts. Other than the Hulk of course, but at least Universal are allowing them to use him in group films.
So initially, this sounds great for fans of Marvel properties. The current Marvel films are going great at the moment. Paul Feige and the rest of the Marvel films department have achieved what few other have and created a universe of inter-related character films, culminating in films where there's characters intermingle through this shared universe. And it makes sense, unlike another comic company that's trying to make a joint universe. Unfortunately for them the comic in the name comic movies stands more for hilariously bad rather than comic books.
There's something to think about with this purchase by Disney and that concerns R rated films like Deadpool and Logan. Fox did something great with these two films. They allowed the creators to make a film that appeals to the comic book fans and portrayed violent characters in a violent manner. That's not to say it was the violence that made the film's good, but you have a character who heals from mortal wounds and had metal claws coming out of his hands, you have to expect he's going to use them. And a sociopath mercenary who runs around with guns and a katana and kills for money. These properties were treated well with Fox but going back to Disney, is Disney going to let them continue making the film's the fans want to see or are they going to push for a wider demographic and make them more PG? On the one hand, Disney want to be seen as a family friendly company, giving fans of all ages the movies they want. On the other hand, the profits of these films have shown that you can narrow your target demographic and still make money. And with all the money they are making from the other films under their moniker (Star Wars, Avengers films, animated films) they certainly don't need to try and increase profits by making these properties more family friendly.
We'll see how they handle this over the coming years as they take over these properties when they deal goes through. I hope they allow these properties that thrive in a darker world to continue to thrive but I think they will rather push for a more family friendly take on the Merc with the Mouth and Wolverine.