X-Men in the MCU - the Pros and Cons of the Merger
On Friday, July 27th, shareholders of 21st Century Fox and Disney voted to approve Disney’s $71.3 billion buyouts of Fox assets. What does this mean? Well Disney would have control of Fox's TV and movies which include:
American Horror Story
Planet of the Apes
And last but not least, Marvel properties
This includes the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. Every fan's dream is about to come true, the X-Men will join the Avengers. However, there's still a long way before that officially becomes a reality. When the merger becomes reality, it will definitely shake things up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When it does, it could come off as a good thing or a bad thing. Let's take a look at the pros and cons the X-Men can bring when they become a part of the MCU.
1. The X-Men finally meeting up with the Avengers will be big! It may not come anytime soon seeing that Avengers 4 is pretty much under wraps and no real opening for the opportunity to be done.
2. Wanda Maximoff’s father in the MCU is dead, but Magneto won't likely be. Wanda could finally meet Erik Lehnsherr, Magneto, her actual father.
3. This can also bring the whole mutant/”the enhanced” situation to an end. Disney would be able to use the word “mutants". Average moviegoers don't know the fact that Wanda is a mutant.
4. One shared universe. Average moviegoers always confused the two universes. Questions about why Wolverine never showed up to fight alongside the Avengers, how Deadpool ties in with MCU storylines or why Infinity Stones aren't shown in any X-Men film come up. Sharing the same universe would put aside the confusion.
5. The addition of Galactus and Silver Surfer could make the universe much bigger than it already is! In addition, newer locations in space to explore! This could also lead to another big bad for the new Avengers team to face against. Galactus could be next in line to become the next villain. He could destroy humanity -- and not just half of it.
Some good points show that the merger will be good, but what about some cons that could potentially hurt the MCU?
1. Where were the X-Men during Infinity War? This question could be asked by average moviegoers who are not aware of the deal. The writers would have to explain the whole origin of the X-Men as well as they could.
2. Phase 4 and continuity mishaps. While Phase 4 hasn't been officially constructed, some films have been announced, this can lead to storylines being changed up to make the X-Men fit in the universe. This would also set for X-Men films to start from scratch and cast new actors and make the other films non-canon.
3. This can also lead to a convoluted story and mess with characters arcs. Marvel has done a fine job structuring the MCU to where it is now. Writers would have to be smart when writing the future of the universe.
On paper, the pros look the outdo the cons, but it is really hard to tell how everything will be handled. More stories would have to be told, newer writers to be attached to newer projects, and a universe to be expanded. Only time will tell if the move will be for the good or for the bad.