HOW LEGAL OWNERSHIP DOESN’T MEAN RIGHTFUL OWNERSHIP
With the announcement of Marvel’s Phase 4, Marvel’s foothold on superhero cinema will continue for several years to come. Marvel built its cinematic universe on the backs of lesser known characters to the general audience (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America…). They’re HUGE comic book characters and super praised by comic readers but the masses really went crazy for Spiderman and X-Men.
Even the most nerdiest nerd & a person who can give two coke cans about comics can agree X-Men and Spider-Man are some of the coolest superheroes in the world.
Now, that X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spiderman can be legally used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it compels me to ask a very concerning question about ownership.
If someone has legal ownership are they truly the right person to hold such ownership? The answer to that question is an obvious NO but lets dive deeper.
For years, MARVEL couldn’t use its own creation (Spiderman) in films because the rights to the character was owned by SONY.
SONY gave us at least two classic Spidey films (Spider Man & Spider Man 2) and gave us two hot bowls of trash (Spider Man 3 and The Amazing Spider Man 2).
**The First Amazing Spider Man was decent but who cares**
**Oh and Spiderverse was really really good, some say best spider man movie ever**
SpiderMan is such an important member of The Avengers, it was imperative that MARVEL get these rights back and through a well negotiated deal MARVEL was granted a license to use SpiderMan within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
That is where the character belongs because since 2008 the MCU has built near flawless stories that can get a person that never picked up a comic book highly invested in year after year.
At least, SpiderMan had decent films under (what I consider) wrongful ownership.
The properties that should cause the most concern are the Fantastic 4 and X-Men, which were owned by FOX before the big DISNEY-FOX acquisition deal.
THERE IS NOT A SINGLE GOOD FANTASTIC 4 MOVIE IN FRANCHISE HISTORY. THEY ALL SUCKED.
Yet Fantastic 4 kept getting greenlit for more films. Why? For years, those characters couldn’t get the proper cinematic treatment because of legalities. People who care more about the cash value than the cultural value shouldn’t even have a right to own such beloved characters.
I mean Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic, leader of the Fantastic 4) is one of the smartest characters in comic book history. Yet every time he’s one screen he looks like an idiot.
Then, there’s the X-Men franchise. We were given a couple good films but they can’t stay consistent to save their lives. The MCU is literally built on consistency and that is why the X-Men rights needed in to be in the hands of Kevin Feige ( the big guy who’s in the forefront of the MARVEL film revolution).
This guy and a host of super talented individuals helped franchises that no one cared about (Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man) turn into household names. Imagine what the team could do with something that is already an household name!
People are afraid of the media monopolization that is happening with Disney right now but if that means we’re going to finally get some classic movies from these priceless franchises then we’re just going have to shut up and deal with the mighty Disney reign.