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Movie history was made yesterday when Disney bought a hunk chunk of Fox's assets for $52 billion. The deal includes Fox's TV and movie assets, meaning that in addition to certain other key franchise, characters like Deadpool, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four are back at Marvel Studios. The industry is still trying to digest just what exactly all of this means for the future, but Marvel fans at least seem to be happy about the idea of Marvel finally having the majority of its characters back. That includes Marvel director James Gunn, who shared how he feels about the historic deal on social media.
While Fox formally held the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, all of that is changing now that Disney has bought 20th Century Fox. That means a huge number of characters will be making the journey over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. More toys are joining the sandbox, which is pretty exciting for the kids who get to play in that sandbox like James Gunn. The director and writer of the Guardians of the Galaxy movies took to social media to share his thoughts on the deal, noting hat he is ultimately "incredibly happy" about it for "obvious reasons."
While Marvel getting back several characters is more a side effect than the actual main bulk of the Disney/Fox deal, one can understand why it's an exciting time to work at Marvel. Fox held the rights to several popular and important Marvel characters, many of them big cosmic players. For the guy who's helping build a Marvel Cosmic Universe, that's pretty cool news. James Gunn could potentially one day work with characters that he's always wanted like Annihilus, Kang the Conqueror, the Silver Surfer, and Galactus.
However, even the mighty Galactus pales in comparison to the X-Men's Doop! Doop, a nonsensical character with ill-defined powers, logic, and his own language, was practically made for James Gunn and the writer-director reminded everyone that Doop could now be in the MCU in another post to his Twitter account.
How Marvel Studios plans to integrate all these new characters is still unknown but it is unlikely they will show up anytime soon, as the next several Marvel films have already been shot. It could also take at least a year for the Fox and Disney deal to be finalized, so stick with CinemaBlend and we'll be sure to keep you updated with new information as soon as it becomes available.