How Marvel's Cinematic Success Is Changing Fox

21st Century Fox (NASDAQ: FOXA  ) is getting more serious about bringing Marvel Comics properties to the big screen, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

A new film starring the mutant team known as the X-Men (X-Men: Days of Future Past) is due next May, followed by a reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise in March 2015. And after that? Look for a film starring the goofball assassin known as Deadpool, Tim says.

Actor Ryan Reynolds, who played the character in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, recently told JoBlo.com that longstanding plans to make a Deadpool film have have tiptoed forward in recent weeks. A series of big box office wins for Walt Disney's Marvel properties may be the push 21st Century Fox needs to greenlight the project, Tim says.

Roadblocks remain, of course. Especially since Reynolds' history with comic book films isn't pretty. Both Green Lantern and R.I.P.D. failed at the box office. Still, Deadpool is a popular character. A dark, R-rated comedy -- the sort of film Reynolds says he wants -- could play well with audiences while reminding fans that Disney isn't the only source of quality Marvel films, Tim says.

Do you agree? Would you pay to see the Marvel merc with a mouth on film? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2013, at 10:15 PM, golddigger99 wrote:

    I'm a Deadpool fan, but I would much rather prefer to see DC get a stronger grip in the movie industry. I want to see a movie over the Suicide Squad, the Green Arrow, or even the Flash. What ever happened to the rumors of the Justice League movie? I even think that the rights to smaller indie comics like East of West or Zero need to be purchased immediately. Their story lines are incredible! They're the best comics I've read in a long time. :)

  • Report this Comment On November 01, 2013, at 11:51 PM, Amberyerno wrote:

    Deadpool could be a lot of fun, but I still want to see X-23 make it into the movies someday. Too bad Summer Glau is probably too old to play her now, though.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 9:57 AM, silvercloak wrote:

    I would not go to see ANY movie which has Ryan Reynolds as a super-hero. He is a lightweight comedy actor with neither the gravitas to pull off a superhero (see Green Lantern, and his utter decimation of Hal Jordan into an MTV-like nerd), nor the acting chops to respect ANY serious superhero character. My first hope is that they RE-DO Green Lantern with someone else.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 10:51 AM, ComicBookCoby wrote:

    The Wolverine was pretty awesome: http://cobyscomics.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-wolverine.html. The after-the-credits teaser got my hyped for Days of Future Past.

    A Deadpool movie would be great, but not neccesarily with Ryan Reynolds.... I'd rather see an X-Force movie with Deadpool and Cable.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 11:59 AM, Smurfkillersquee wrote:

    I liked Ryan Reynolds. He played his part great in Green Lantern. That movie sucked, but not because Ryan Reynolds was bad, just that the movie was a little too slow. I liked that movie, I don't care what anyone says.

  • Report this Comment On November 02, 2013, at 11:35 PM, Nanook wrote:

    @golddigger99, the rumors of a Justice League movie are no longer rumors. It is currently slated for a 2017 release. But before that comes out there's the Man of Steel sequel, Superman & Batman, scheduled for 2015 & possibly a Flash movie for 2016.

  • Report this Comment On November 03, 2013, at 1:00 AM, snakecharm wrote:

    Even though I really like X-Men First Class....I kept hoping this franchise would bomb so that the rights of the characters would shift back to Marvel....Imagine a crossover movie between the mutants and the Avengers. Wolverine is already a member of the Avengers anyway.

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