Its official: Disney and Fox have finalized their merger. According to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday morning at 12:02 AM, Disney has completed its over seventy-three-billion-dollar acquisition of Fox’s assets. These include: Fox’s TV and film studios, National Geographic, Indian TV network Star India, and Fox’s thirty-percent stake in Hulu. Meanwhile, a new division of Fox called Fox Corp will operate independently and continue to broadcast Fox News.
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Well known properties/franchises that Disney now own include: X-Men, Deadpool, Avatar, Alien,and Die Hard.This a massive slate of properties added to Disney’s already impressive catalogue, considering they also own Lucasfilm and Marvel. It is estimated that with this acquisition, Disney will become the most powerful studio in the world, as its films will dominate the box office for the years to come. In a good year, Disney might dominate well over half of grosses and own over thirty-percent of total market share. This is staggering to think about, without even factoring in how this will change our streaming and television choices, especially with Disney+ on the way.
Still, it is exciting to think about potential crossover material, such as Deadpool meeting The Avengers or Wolverine appearing to help fight a threat such as Thanos. But it remains to be seen how this will affect films in general going forward, especially given Disney’s dominance of the genre now. We’ll keep our eyes out, but this is a very exciting and nerve-wracking deal. Earth-shattering, even.
In a sudden and unexpected news, Deadline reports that James Gunn has been rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3! This seems completely out of left field, especially after months of silence from both Disney and Marvel about the situation but Deadline has confirmed the news is legitimate. James Gunn has been reinstated for his beloved franchise, a news that will elicit a shriek of glee from Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.
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James Gunn was fired after alt-right journalists dug up his old tweets from a decade ago where he made pedophilia jokes. The tweets were horrific but Gunn has admitted they were a deep mistake and has since matured beyond those days. They were a decade ago, after all. But Disney quickly pulled the trigger once the tweets were reported by news outlets and Gunn was fired. However, since then Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn met with Gunn multiple times. Moved by Gunn’s public apology and his mature handling of the situation, Horn rehired James Gunn.
James Gunn’s words were not defensible but he has matured since the tweets and his words were simply that: words. Unlike others in his situation (Kevin Hart or Kevin Spacey), James Gunn has not engaged in the behavior he poked fun at. In any case, this is good news for Marvel fans and certainly good news for James Gunn. Although Marvel and Disney have remained mum on production details, it is known that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will commence production once Gunn’s next project, Suicide Squad 2, finishes. Gunn took the project after he was fired from the Guardians franchise, making his return to Marvel all the more of a surprise, considering the Suicide Squad franchise is owned by DC.
We’ll keep you updated for further details but for now, let’s all welcome back Gunn to where he belongs!
Hot off the heels of Captain Marvel‘smassive opening weekend, Marvel Studios has released another trailer for Avengers: Endgame.
Warning: Do not continue reading if you haven’t watched the trailer!
The trailer cuts together footage of the previous Avengers film, Infinity War, along with new footage from the sequel. There are also some callbacks to the original Iron Man and Captain America films.
The most notable aspects of the trailer are the introduction of Avengers previously unseen in Infinity War. Hawkeye returns to the team after being absent from Infinity War. Ant-Man joins the team, though it’s not explained how he escaped the quantum realm after the events of Ant-Man and The Wasp. And as to be expected, Captain Marvel makes an appearance. Surprisingly, Thanos is nowhere to be found.
Marvel Studios also released a new poster. Only those who survived the snap are shown.
The film drops on April 26th. No word yet on when tickets go on sale.
Most people are delighted to see Brie Larson star as Captain Marvel in the latest Hollywood superhero blockbuster, viewing it as a win for diversity. However, reports of antisocial behavior at screenings of the film are surfacing around the US. Sources close to Bookstr have provided an exclusive scoop regarding the trolling of Captain Marvel screenings in theaters.
Moviegoer Jenny Lynn Emperador attended a screening the film with her mother, at 3:45pm on Sunday, and described the behavior she witnessed.
“So basically I was at a normal screening of Captain Marvel at San Francisco’s AMC Metreon. Toward the end of the [opening] credits about, a couple of jerks threw their nacho cheese pretty high at the screen. It disrupted the first credit.”
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Emperador’s sympathies went to the employees who had to go out of their way to clean up the mess. “We let the cleaning staff and they had to [postpone] their next showing I guess to clean the cheese. I feel bad for the staff, the cheese was pretty high on the left side of the screen.”
Another attendee of a Captain Marvel screening, Jeremiah Smith, explained,
“I took the family to see Captain Marvel Saturday afternoon at the Cinemark 8 in Chino Hills, near where we live. The screening was pretty full, lots of families with young kids. Right before the trailers started a group of four or five teenage boys, aged thirteen or fourteen sat near the front. They were being rowdy, pushing each other, but they settled down pretty quickly. About fifteen minutes into the film itself though they started yelling, kicking their seats, throwing garbage behind them, and just acting wild. People were shushing them, telling them to leave, but they didn’t listen. After about five minutes an usher escorted them out. They were yelling “Captain Marvel sucks!” but they left.”
“The film rolled on and everyone had a great time,” Smith continued. “I couldn’t say for sure that it was a protest of the film, but it sure felt like it. What other reason would a group of boys have to pay for tickets only to get thrown out? I haven’t talked to anyone at the theater, but I’m tempted to call them to at least express my concern.”
Jami Losurdo, a concerned friend of Emperador and Smith, cautioned potential moviegoers who planned to see the film.
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Captain Marvel was catching heat even before the opening night of Friday, March 8th, when Variety reported that Captain Marvel destroyed the Box Office of $455 Million globally.
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Even before the film premiered, people had made up their minds about it, dismissing it and leaving abusive and derisive comments on the movie’s Rotten Tomatoes page. A Rotten Tomatoes staff member commented on the reviews.
“We are disabling the comment function prior to a movie’s release date. Unfortunately, we have seen an uptick in non-constructive input, sometimes bordering on trolling, which we believe is a disservice to our general readership. We have decided that turning off this feature for now is the best course of action. Don’t worry though, fans will still get to have their say: Once a movie is released, audiences can leave a user rating and comments as they always have.”
This is kind of a fascinating discovery: YouTube seems to have changed the immediate "Brie Larson" search results to News. That pushes up authoritative sources and, in turn, pushes troll or MRA-style video rants pretty far down the page. Here's what it was versus now. pic.twitter.com/ifw9JjXQie
Rotten Tomatoes went as far as to deleting 50,000 ‘reviews’ after receiving 58,000 reviews in one day, according to Comic Book. . Currently, regardless of all the negativity, the film holds an 80% rating on the Tomatometer. Talk about girl power right?
Captain Marvel’s weekend box office was a slam dunk success and powered higher than industry expectations imagined. According CNN Captain Marvel made $153 million, flying much higher than the estimated $130 million analysts speculated it would bring in. The film has brought in $455 million worldwide, which according to Forbesmakes it the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s seventh best opening behind Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Iron Man 3.
The film also surpassed Wonder Woman’s $103.5 million in 2017, making it the biggest female-led superhero film of all time. The film also gave a much needed jolt in the arm to the box office for 2019, as the movie industry’s box office was down 26% but thanks to Captain Marvel, the totals were up a huge 50%. The film currently sits with a gratifying ‘A’ Cinemascore from audiences and 79% on Rotten Tomatoes.
It remains to be seen how much Captain Marvel will continue to grow but considering how much it has already made in just three days, it’s safe to assume the superhero film will continue to ascend to even greater heights. The film stars Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Lashana Lynch, Ben Mendelsohn, Jude Law, and Goose, the cat. Go check out this film out!