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.