Earlier this year, Disney bought 21st Century Fox for over 71 Billion Dollars. Yeah I got light-headed just now, too. This purchase effectively gave Disney back all of the Marvel characters sold off in the early 1990s. You see, Marvel didn’t always enjoy the amazing success it has now. The company actually filed for bankruptcy at one point, and had to put up their most recognizable characters (Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, etc.) in order to stay afloat. (Feel free to look it up—we'll wait.) It’s really inspiring to see this brand make it through such a difficult time to become one of the most successful names in Hollywood.
Where were they during the last 10 years of the films? How are the filmmakers going to cleverly add in a school of mutants, not to mention a family of scientists with a character made of rocks? Incorporating these new stories with the current layout that Marvel has already prepared must be one hell of a task. The only request I make is to absolutely avoid origin stories. For the love of God. These names are so well known that we shouldn’t waste our time with another retread, in my opinion.
People also haven’t forgotten about Fantastic Four. Remember the reboot that came out a few years ago, directed by Josh Trank? How about the films with Chris Evans as Johnny Storm? Folks still make mention about that. Don’t even get me started on the Spider-Man conversation. That was just one character. How do you recast an entire team of people, without alienating fans of the original?
Like it or not, there is going to be a void when Marvel's lead actors hang up their capes (or shields, whatever).
Marvel/Disney can be seen as a gigantic powerful conglomerate—that’s because, well, they are—but let’s not forget that this wasn’t always the case. Whatever your opinion, you have to agree that the formula they have is working. We’re in a weird state of comic book films where reboots can happen every few years, and if it’s good, we don’t bat an eye. They could also introduce characters the general public has never even heard of (read: Guardians of the Galaxy) and make them a household name. I can’t wait to see what they cook up next.
Unless they turn Captain America into a Nazi. Please don’t do that.