As you can hear on our latest podcast, dropped this morning (go to the podcast tab on this site,) your Trusty Sidekicks told you that an announcement was likely coming this morning and this morning it did come! In a massive buyout, Disney and Fox have agreed on a $52 billion deal for the Mouse House to take over the reigns on the entire film rights of 21st Century.
If you’re somehow unfamiliar to what this means (and honestly, if you’re reading this, I’m sure you are not,) Fox has had control over a number of Marvel comic book characters for a very long time, with the most obvious being the X-Men and Fantastic Four. With Disney’s acquisition, the potential to either spin currently successful and/or promising franchises like Deadpool, Legion, The New Mutants and The Gifted, into the current Marvel universe somehow, or to retool them along with other franchises that could possibly benefit from the awfully successful Marvel Studios touch.
There are some potential hold-ups in this deal as it would be the largest movie studio merger of all-time, and a reduction from what was already only 6 major studios. Large media mergers are always a subject of FCC approval, and considering the current ruling delivered today on net neutrality, there’s no telling how something like this might go. We also discuss some additional difficulties that Marvel itself may have regarding some of it’s new properties, on our latest episode (#74,) however, just like you, we’re already imagining who will end up fighting who when the eventual Secret Wars crossover happens! Are you excited about the merger? Tell us what you think!
The mid-season finales are happening and comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill keep you on top of everything in the Marvel and DC universe, on the Laugh Factory Podcast network. This week we’ve got recaps of last week’s Supergirl, Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow, Arrow, Gotham, Gifted, and Agents Of Shield, plus info on Justice League, shake ups at Warner Bros, and news on Shazam, Titans, Supergirl, Legends, the potential sale of Fox to Disney, Spider-Man 2, The Gifted, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Punisher, Inhumans, Venom, Silver & Black, Morbius, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
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The waiting and wondering is finally over as Marvel dropped the first official trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. Bringing together the entire cast of heroes (and some villains) that we’ve seen over the course of the last 10 years of Marvel releases, Infinity War is set to deliver a showdown with Thanos, whom we initially saw briefly at the end of the first Avengers movie.
While the trailer has some changes from the leaked one from Comic-Con, a lot of the scenes have carried over, and I’m fine with that, as I’d prefer just enough information to wet my beak. Some of the highlights to note for sure are that Bruce Banner is back on earth and in Dr. Strange’s Sanctum Santorum, Spider-Man will end up trying to take on Thanos one-on-one, Loki apparently plays a part in trying to steal the mind stone from Vision (at least that looked like his scepter,) and of course, Captain America is back, front and center before this is over. Overall the trailer just looks clean and crisp and foretelling of an amazing story. Can’t wait to talk about this one on the podcast. Hit us up with your thoughts!
In what we considered to be one of the best action-based shows on television last season, and easily our favorite full-slate superhero TV show last year, Agents Of Shield has dropped their first promos for it’s upcoming 5th season!
We’ve talked about the show almost not getting renewed, save for Disney intervening, an issue mired in cost of production and not quality of entertainment. While it’s interesting that they follow that with a season set in space, the promo looks like the team is back, the writing is on point, and there are a few interesting characters showing up as well.
Agents Of Shield returns on December 1st, a move to Friday, but we’re looking forward to returning it to our regular sessions of recaps and reviews! Make sure you don’t miss them on our podcasts!
So much has happened since the last episode, and comedians Jay Washington and Bobby Hill are here to get you caught up on all of it! This week, we recap LA Comic-Con, discuss the potential sale of Fox to Disney, recap Supergirl, The Flash, Legends Of Tomorrow and Arrow, plus get you casting, production and other info for Shazam, Justice League, Black Adam, Titans, Black Lightning, Gotham, New Warriors, Krypton, Venom, Ant-Man & The Wasp, Black Widow, The Avengers as well as wrapping up some post release Thor news, on the Laugh Factory podcast network!
See all the characters in the blue picture? Those characters are Marvel comic book characters who’s live-action versions are currently under control of 21st Century Fox, meaning the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the universe that is currently in the midst of the greatest run of intertwined filmmaking ever created has not had access to the Fantastic Four, the X-Men or even the word, ‘mutant.’
Well, that may be about to change as CNBC reported this morning that 21st Century Fox is in the midst of very serious talks to sell it’s film and television business to Disney, the parent of Marvel Studios and the aforementioned, MCU. While there is no certainty that there will be a deal, and even if there was, it would take quite a while to fully complete. The senior management of Fox is apparently interested in tightening the companies focus on news and sports.
Such a merger would not include any of Fox’s actual networks, as Disney already owns ABC, and owning two networks is a no-no, but with characters like Legion and shows like The Gifted, as well as Deadpool, Wolverine, the entire X-Men universe and the Fantastic Four (meaning Dr Doom and Galactus,) actually owning the Fox television networks wouldn’t even matter. Of course, if you’ve listened to our swapcasts with Thom Tran, you’ll know that a FF appearance in Avengers 3 or 4 means Jay and I have to dress up like Eddie Murphy from Raw and Delirious, respectively, and re-enact each entire special. Looks like we’ve got the opening story for our next podcast! Make sure you don’t miss Episode 71, dropping soon!
Everyone who was excited about seeing Squirrel Girl on the small screen may have to hold on just a little. Marvel had been working on launching it’s live-action New Warriors series in 2018. Originally planned to be on Freeform (also the future home of Cloak & Dagger,) an article in The Hollywood Reporter says Freeform couldn’t find a place for the show on it’s 2018 schedule, and now Marvel is left looking for somewhere the show can go.
The odd news here? The show is apparently testing through the roof. It’s been shown to test audiences, who’ve loved it. Even Disney execs are very high on the show. So why wouldn’t a network like Freeform find a place for it? Can you name anything on Freeform right now?
The hold up may come from the fact that Disney won’t let Marvel shop the show anywhere but Disney-owned networks. As you may know, Disney is coming out with it’s own streaming service, but not until 2019. If it was just a movie, that would work, but they’re looking for a 2 season commitment for a TV series. That’s not something you can hold on when you’ve got a pilot already and actors on hold.
If it’s as good as they claim it is, I could think of a spot that might work for it that’s currently occupied by a certain group of Attilans on ABC’s Friday nights. They’ll be long gone by then, anyway. Just don’t put the pilot up in IMAX.