Surprise! Disney Might Not Own the Most Interesting Marvel Superheroes

More Marvel superheroes will be back on screen this month. Only this time, Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS  ) won't be responsible for the show.

Who is? 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOX  ) , which owns the film rights to Marvel superheroes known as the X-Men. Count Wolverine among its list of properties. He'll be back on the big screen July 26 when Hugh Jackman returns as the clawed Canadian mutant in The Wolverine, wherein the title character travels to Japan on a journey of self-discovery.

In 2009, Fox's X-Men Origins: Wolverine left Jackman in the position of trying to redeem a bad script. Only 38% of critics at the movie site Rotten Tomatoes liked the film. Audiences rated it higher (72% said they liked it), but they also didn't show up to the theater. The film earned just $179.9 million at the U.S. box office on a $150 million production budget, Box Office Mojo reports.

Early previews of the new film had offered little hope for the sequel, says Fool contributor and longtime comic book fan Tim Beyers. A new featurette changes that by revealing depth and storytelling lacking in Origins, Tim says.

This time, Fox is borrowing directly from the comics and a storyline composed by writer Chris Claremont and artist Frank Miller some 30 years ago. The result should be a better film for fans and general audiences, and a win for Fox investors hoping to see the studio make more of its film rights to Marvel superheroes.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you like the direction Fox is taking, or would you rather see the X-Men back in Disney's hands? Leave a comment to let us know what you expect from The Wolverine, and whether you'd invest in 21st Century Fox at current prices.

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  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 3:16 AM, daredevilish wrote:

    I'm not so sure I'd consider the X-men the most interesting of Marvel's characters.

    And of the x-men currently most featured in movies, I'm more interested in ones not seen, or ones given lame bit parts. AKA Jamie Madrox. Dude it sucks that x-factor got cancelled because he, of all the x-folks, has been one of the most interesting and all he got in X2 was some lame brotherhood part?

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 3:23 AM, JCOLOV wrote:

    Of all of the X-Men, Wolverine is the one I cannot stand, the character is an ass.

    I do not understand why that moronic character is so popular.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 4:02 AM, milojthatch wrote:

    Until Marvel gets the rights back to the X-Men, I personally have given up on the X-Men films. Somehow, I doubt I'm alone in that feeling.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 4:02 AM, delfra wrote:

    Though it would be great if the 'X-Men' property was back with Marvel, I don't think Disney has no regrets of not owning the 'X-Men' franchise. The hits keep coming from Marvel and will continue on with "Thor:TDW" this fall. "X-Men' are cool, but they seem to have hit the ceiling on their box office potential, where the sky is the limit at Marvel. Now with "The Wolverine" this month and "X-Men:DOFP", those films will have to show some box office growth. Now once Fox can start having their X films grossing 700 million to 1 billion worldwide, than we can start talking about Disney regretting not having those properties. Plus you seem to forget that even without 'Spidey', X-Men' & FF, Marvel studios has a lot of great characters they've yet to introduce on the big screen like 'Black Panther', Ms. Marvel', 'Namor', 'Dr. Strange', 'Luke Cage', 'Inhumans', 'Ant-Man', 'Wasp', 'Iron Fist', 'GOTG', 'Vision', etc, but you get the point.

  • Report this Comment On July 14, 2013, at 5:11 AM, skiskiacm wrote:

    Disney has so many untapped marvel heroes that they literally don't know who to cast for what. They have been dominating the movie market and haven't tapped into marquee characters such as Captain/Ms. Marvel, Doctor Strange, Zeus/Hercules (characters from the same Universe as Thor to an extent), Cable, Black Panther and the list goes on. So IF Disney owned the rights to X-Men as well, they'd need more studios and would literally have to master the art of release date scheduling to not compete with itself.

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