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7 Actors Who Were Nearly In Your Favorite Adaptations!

A lot of your favorite adaptations of books and comics could have a lot differently if different people were cast or, even crazier yet, involved.

Maybe these adaptations would have been better, maybe they would have been worse, maybe they would have been so different that you’d be watching a totally different movie!

I’ll leave the opinion on how the film would have turned out to you, but there are seven popular adaptations that would have gone a lot differently, to say the least, if we had these people starred in the film instead.

7. Batman Returns

 

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A now infamous event cemented in movie history, Sean Young wanted to play Catwoman, and I mean she REALLY wanted to be Catwoman. Tim Burton’s Batman was an international sensation that brought the caped crusaders back into public consciousness, permanently making him an icon who was, well, not the Adam West version. Tim Burton’s Batman legacy wouldn’t even exist without the weirdness of Batman Forever or the campiness of Batman and Robin!

Granted, many (myself included) blame the camp of the Joel Schumacher follow-ups on the fact that Batman Returns was so bloody dark, which led the studio to freak out and making Val Kilmer say the line, “I’ll take drive through.” Before Batman Returns, hit theaters, it had quite an interesting production process. Batman Returns. It starts with Tim Burton’s Batman, believe it or not.

 

Sean Young
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Sean Young was cast as Vicki Vale, but was forced to drop out after breaking her arm during rehearsals for 1989 film. As a result, she really wanted to be in Batman Returns, and I mean she REALLY wanted to be a part of the movie. So much so that she visited the production offices dressed in a homemade Catwoman costume, demanding an audition. Reportedly, Tim Burton wasn’t on set.

Michelle Pfeiffer ended up getting the role.

Sorry Sean Young. At least she’s a good sport about it. Recently she’s quoted as saying:

If these Warner Bros. executives now were really good businessmen, they’d let me play Catwoman today, and I’d make a smash amount of money

If you want a look at Sean Young as Catwoman, she also appeared on the Joan Rivers Show in costume.

 

 

6. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Johnny Depp has been accused of basing his performance as Willy Wonka in Tim Burton’s remake of the Roald Dahl story, on Michael Jackson. In response, Depp said the similarities to Jackson never occurred to him, but instead compared Wonka to Howard Hughes due to his “reclusive, germaphobe, controlling” nature. Regardless, it’s fitting that Michael Jackson almost played the eccentric character.

In Randall Sullivan’s Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson, the author recounts how Jackson “recorded an original soundtrack for the film at a small studio in Los Angeles” and showed Warner Brothers the soundtrack.

They loved it, agreed to pay anything for it, but he said he would give it to them for free as long as he was cast as Willy Wonka.

The book quotes Marc Schaffel, Jackson’s executive producer:

I think Tim Burton wanted Johnny Depp all along, but the reason Warner Brothers gave, when I pressed them, was ‘We can’t have this guy starring in what would be a children’s movie. As a marketable idea, it doesn’t work’

Jackson refused to give them the soundtrack unless he was Willy Wonka. Not a background character, not a supporting character, not one of those Oompa Loompas…

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's Oompa Loompas
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…just Willy Wonka.

Warner Brothers refused, and Jackson shelved the soundtrack. This is unfortunate, especially since Marc latter notes that he’s sure that the soundtrack “would have won [Jackson] an Academy Award”

5. American Psycho

American Psycho

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The movie based on Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial book spent years in development in hell, after once Mary Harron was brought on board everything seemed like it was fine. Mary Harron would be the director and word around the street was Christian Bale would star as Patrick Bateman.

 

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Behind closed doors, however, Lionsgate was interested in pursuing Leonardo DiCaprio for the lead role, arguing Bale was not famous enough.

 

 

However, Harron was refusing to meet with DiCaprio and told the studio she thought DiCaprio was too boyish and wouldn’t fit because the actor had become a full blown teen idol following Titanic and Romeo + Juliet.

 

Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman
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Going forward with DiCaprio, the actor drafted a shortlist of replacement directors, including Oliver Stone, Danny Boyle, and Martin Scorsese. Stone was brought aboard, but could not agree on the film’s direction. Luckily, Harron and Bale came back under the agreement that the budget would not exceed $10 million and DiCaprio departed at the behest of his agent to, you know, not play a probable serial killer.

4. X-Men

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Let’s cleanse our palates by going back to the first X-Men. Comic book adaptations weren’t taken seriously at the time, but with the smash hit of Blade, a rated R comic book movie staring a black man, Fox was aching just to make bank on a Marvel property they had newly acquired.

They had to get the casting just right, but Michael Jackson once again danced his way and wanted a part in this movie too. As who? you might be wondering?

 

 

Well, unless you already know you’re not going to guess it. Let’s just hear what screenwriter David Hayter – a key component of Fox’s early X-Men movie franchise –has to say:

Michael Jackson came in because he wanted to play Professor X. It was amazing.

 

Would it? I have no idea how that would have played out.

All in all, Professor X owns a school of mutants and Michael Jackson wanted to play him.

 

3. Twilight

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While not as dramatic as the other two, Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for a role in Twilight. As a young actress, she was going around Hollywood trying to get roles. Of her experiences auditioning before she made it big, she says “You just get like five pages [at the audition] and they’re like, ‘Act monkey.’”

 

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Lawrence also admitted that she hadn’t the slightest idea that Twilight would turn into such a big deal, adding back in December 2012 in an interview with The Guardian that:

I remember when the movie first came out, seeing Kristen Stewart on the red carpet and getting papped wherever she went…I had no idea Twilight would be such a big deal. For me, and I’m assuming for her, it was just another audition. Then it turned into this whole other thing.

If Jennifer Lawrence was cast, does that mean that Kristen Stewart could have been Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

 

2. Spider-Man

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🎵 Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a Spider can

Spins a web, and he’s lots of fun

Hold up, he was almost Michael Jackson🎵

Yep, before Tobey was cast, Michael Jackson wanted to be the man whose playing a high school student behind the mask.

 

 

Stan Lee himself revealed that Jackson had met with him “a number of times“.

In fact, he (Jackson) came to my house once with his son, and I remember my wife took care of his son for about an hour while Michael and I were talking.

Here’s a clip below.

 

 

Jackson wanted to be Spider-Man, but upon learning that Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man along with Steve Ditko, didn’t own the rights to the character, he wanted to buy Marvel. Obviously that deal never went through, but there’s a universe out there where Jackson doesn’t own the rights to the Beetles songs but instead owns Marvel.

 

1. Lord of the Rings

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Lord of the Rings has been adaptation twice with Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 cartoon adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s award-winning trilogy, but we also got another adaptation. Do you know by who?

Well, speaking of the Beatles…

 

The Beatles

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In 1963, the Beatles accepted a three-movie deal offered by the United Artists production company, however only made two movies: the mockumentary A Hard Day’s Night and the adventurous James Bond parody Help!

Their third film was never made, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have some wacky ideas, and when I say ‘ideas’ I mean one idea.

They wanted to make an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on Tolkien’s work, which they would honor “by creating an epic psychedelic adaptation that would feature their original songs“.

 

Stanley Kubrick

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The Beetles dream of having the director SpartacusLolita, and Dr. Strangelove Stanley Kubrick. He said ‘no’, believing it was too complex for the silver screen, and opted to focus on 2001: A Space Odyssey.Meanwhile, the Beetles didn’t even have the rights to make the movie. They were confident, however, when they spoke to J.R.R. Tolkien.

 

J R R Tolkien

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He declined, and the project was dead in the water.

 

Now I know I said before that “I’ll leave the opinion on how the film would have turned out to you,” but I don’t care. This would have been awesome.

 

 

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10 Villains Who Could Replace Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

First off, don’t worry, there’s no spoilers for Avengers: Endgame in this article. Although you have only yourself to blame if you haven’t seen it yet and managed to avoid spoilers for this long. But one thing is clear about Endgame, even to those who haven’t seen it, is that the saga of the Infinity Stones has come to a close. But the question remains: what comes next? What arc will Marvel tackle next? While the higher ups are keeping mum, naturally, we have a few guesses of who could replace Thanos as the next ultimate villain of the MCU and act as the main antagonist for the next big story arc our heroes, old and new, will undertake. Let’s count them down, starting with ten.

 

10. Galactus

The menacing behemoth of Galactus looms in the purple void of space
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In the comics, there are few characters as big as Galactus, both literally and figuratively. Galactus is an entity as old as the universe itself, often considered a counterpart to Death herself. Appearing as a gigantic humanoid behemoth clad in purple armor as big as a planet, Galactus is known as the Devourer of Worlds. He feeds off of planets to survive, destroying them and killing billions. He uses ‘heralds’, mortals he’s blessed with immense power, to find worlds for him to consume, such as the Silver Surfer. Galactus, however, is not malevolent but merely feeds off worlds in order to survive, like a person grabbing an apple to snack on. He does not think or care about the mortal lives destroyed by his actions, which puts him in conflict with Marvel’s top tier heroes time and time again. However, his first big screen appearance was as a generic evil cloud in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, possibly meaning Marvel doesn’t want to risk using a character who was previously tainted in another adaptation.

 

9. Doctor Doom

 

The armor clad figure of Dr. Doom, wearing a green hooded cloak faces the viewer

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Victor Von Doom, otherwise known as Doctor Doom, is another of Marvel’s most popular villains. He stands head and shoulders above most of the villains in Marvel’s catalogue, grandiose in his mannerisms, a perfect fusion of mad scientist, tyrant king, and evil sorcerer. Doom has been in tons of popular events in Marvel, stealing the Power Cosmic, threatening the world with a nuclear holocaust, uniting villains together under his rule as the Masters of Evil, and even becoming a full fledged god. Doom has layers to his character, possessing a sense of nobility and honor while also being utterly narcissistic and petty. Honestly, the reasons NOT to use Doom would be that: he already has been overexposed in the previous Fantastic Four movies, who utterly botched his portrayal three times in a row, and he’s too popular of a villain to use. But we’ll see what happens and we’ll be holding out for the good doctor to make an appearance at some point.

 

8. Annihilus

 

The metal clad form of Annihlus points ahead

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Annihilus is another great cosmic level threat, Annihilus is the insectoid ruler of the Negative Zone, an antimatter universe. Commanding vast insectoid armies, he has a huge powerset of his own, wielding two great artifacts: the Cosmic Control Rod and the Quantum Bands. Annihilus seeks to dominant all life in our universe and has come close to doing so on numerous occasions. Extremely powerful, Annihilus would make a great top tier threat, although he may be too similar to Thanos to stand on his own as a new villain.

 

7. The High Evolutionary 

 

The metal form of the High Evolutionary relaxes in a comfy chair

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A human being who extended his lifespan to become essentially immortal. A man of intelligence rather than physical, his intellect has evolved to the upper limits of human potential but still can thrown down thanks to his own experiments on his body, crafting a metal exoskeletal to his flesh. His main gimmick, however, is experimentation on various creatures, enabling him to create all sorts of weird monsters to act as his slaves. Desiring to ‘evolve’ the human race without their consent, the High Evolutionary could be a more down to earth bad guy who nevertheless requires a united force of heroes to take down.

 

6. The Green goblin

 

The Green Goblin zooms near the Brooklyn Bridge on his goblin glider

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If you want more of a street level threat who nevertheless can hold his own against the big guys, Normal Osborne, better known as the Green Goblin, might be your guy. Utterly insane, Normal Osborne is a street level criminal who mutated himself through genetic tampering into the even more insane Green Goblin, a gibbering nutcase of a villain with a Halloween themed apparel of weapons, such as his infamous Pumpkin Bombs, his Goblin Glider, and Razor Bats. He has the raw intelligence to pull the strings from behind the scenes, as he’s done many times to Spider-Man, and even act as the leader for a united alliance of villains (perhaps the Sinister Six) without being too strong to be compared to Thanos, more acting as a contrast.

 

5. Mephisto 

 

The demonic figure of Mephisto stands in the dark void of Hell

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Mephisto is the equivalent of Satan himself, a demon who rules over his own Hell-like dimension and amuses himself by playing with the lives of mortals. He steals souls, he makes Faustian bargains, and he torments any who are foolish enough to trust him. He’s the devil in all but name and if you want to go bigger than Thanos, there’s not much further you can go than that. Mephisto would bring more supernatural elements into the MCU but with Dr. Strange probably destined to be a big player going forward, we can see him fitting right in.

 

4. The Beyonder

 

A man in white clothes floats in a void while playing with an action figure

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A literal god-like entity, the Beyonder is famous for kidnapping the heroes and villains of the universe, making them fight to the death on his planet known as Battleworld. Initially an unseen, omnipotent opponent, he later came to Earth in a humanoid form and has basically limitless power, able to do anything his mind thinks of. Although perhaps he wouldn’t good as a direct opponent, the Beyonder could provide the catalyst for plucking the heroes and villains of the established MCU into one spot and making them fight! It is a great concept and the Beyonder is the sort of villain to make that happen.

 

3. Gorr the God-butcher 

 

Gorr and Thor are locked in combat with sword against hammer

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A more recent opponent of Thor, Gorr the God-Butcher hates the gods of the Marvel Universe as he blames them for the death of his family and not intervening despite their power. So, he made himself into a creature capable of standing against the gods and carved a bloody path across the universe, until he created an alternate future in which there were no more gods and he ruled the universe with an iron fist. Until that is, Thor confronted and defeated him in a titanic battle. Gorr would need some tweaking to make him work but we can easily see his motive being switched from killing gods to heroes, making him a scary opponent who goes after the established heroes of the MCU in a bloody campaign.

 

2. The masters of evil

 

A uniting of dastardly villains emerge from a portal!

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We’ve yet to see a true super villain team up in the MCU, two established villains joining forces. That’s what the Masters of Evil were in the comics, a group of villains who became one to combat the Avengers. While most of them haven’t been introduced in the MCU (such as the Wrecking Crew, the Black Knight, Radioactive Man, the Enchantress, and Tiger Shark) we can easily see them tweaked to incorporate previously MCU baddies who survive their solo films and band together in a big event.

 

1. Kang the COnqueror 

 

Kang the Conqueror smugly stands before the defeated Avengers

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Kang, alongside Ultron, is considered one of the Avenger’s best enemies and for good reason. This villain is from the future, possessing no superpowers beyond a genius intellect and being an expert historian. But he manipulates time itself for his own ends, traveling often between timelines to create futures he desires. He ruled over both ancient Egypt and the distant future, leaving the Avengers to fix his meddling. He could be an interesting antagonist, one who could create paradoxes, undo the heroes victories, or even create a dark alternate future ruled by him. Kang could be the perfect foil to Thanos, a genius who uses manipulation to his own ends rather than raw strength.

 

 

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Ex-Manager Accused of Elder Abuse Against Stan Lee Appears in Court

Keya Morgan, the man accused of elder abuse against comic book legend Stan Lee, appeared in Maricopa County Superior Court on the charge of being a fugitive of justice.

 

Stan Lee and his wife, Joan
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Stan Lee, the creator of Hulk, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, and Iron Man as well as many others unfortunately lost his wife, Joan on July 6th, 2017. Then Keya Morgan, also known as Keyrash Mazhari, a New York-based memorabilia collector, became involved with Lee as his business parter/manager.

 

Stan Lee stands beside Keya Morgan
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Come June 2018, according to The Guardian, Morgan was arrested when he tried to get police arrested who were visiting Lee’s house to perform a welfare check, claiming they were impostors trying to burglarize the home.

This resulted in Lee’s attorney filing a restraining order against Morgan. In the application for the restraining order in June, Morgan was “accused of isolating Lee from friends and family, and exploiting their relationship in order to embezzle artwork, cash and other assets worth more than $5m (£3.8m).

By August, the restraining order was granted and Morgan was ordered “to stay away from Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia “CJ” Lee, sixty-eight, and his eighty-six-year-old brother, Larry Lieber”.

 

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However, this wasn’t the end. Afterwards, Stan Lee apparently sued Pow! Entertainment , a company he himself founded, claiming he was “conned into signing over rights to his identity and likeness” but eventuality dropped the lawsuit, calling it “confusing”.

This seems odd, but it Keya Morgan came up again, this time “accused of taking control of Lee’s Twitter account, as well as being behind a surprising $1bn lawsuit launched by Lee in May 2018 against Pow! Entertainment”.

 

Stan Lee and Keya Morgan
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Earlier this month, after Stan Lee’s passing in passing December, Keya Morgan was “issued with an arrest warrant by the Los Angeles superior court” on charges that “include false imprisonment, forgery, and fraud”.

Finally, he has made “his initial court appearance early Sunday in Arizona, where he was arrested after fleeing California charges of fiduciary elder abuse”, writes Star Advertiser.

Currently, Morgan is in Phoenix, Arizona, but he is expected to be extradited to Los Angeles County, California.

Morgan stands accused of taking Lee from his Hollywood Hills home to a Beverly Hills condominium “where Morgan had more control over Lee”. CNBC writes that “Keya Morgan allegedly mishandled Lee’s money.” which “included $262,000 that Lee never received from autograph signing sessions”. Furthermore, KTLA writes that Morgan also “stole more than $100,000 from Lee through fraud and embezzlement in May and June 2018”.

Morgan is charged with one felony count of false imprisonment of an elder by use of fraud and deceit, three felony counts of grand theft from an elder of more than $950 and one misdemeanor count of elder abuse for knowingly and willfully inflicting mental suffering on Lee.

Prosecutors recommend Morgan’s bail be set at $300,000. If Morgan is convicted as charged, hefaces a maximum sentence of 10 years in custody.

Alex Kessel, an attorney for Morgan, has said his client has never abused or taken advantage of Lee.

 

 

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‘GoT’s Richard Madden in Talks to Join Marvel

Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame is now in talks to join Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani in Marvel’s Eternals. Jack Kirby is a name you should know. He once was Stan Lee’s boss, but after losing his job thanks to a crackdown on comic books he quit before coming back, now the writer-edit under Stan Lee at Marvel Comics. Infamously, he created many of the company’s major characters, including the Fantastic Four, the X-Menthe Hulk, and even the Silver Surfer.

 

Jack Kirby

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In 1976, Jack Kirby created The Eternals. The story goes:

Millions of years ago, the fictional aliens called The Celestials experimented on primitive humans and created The Eternals as an offshoot of the evolutionary process. Newly born, the Eternals are tasked to defend Earth, but find themselves caught in a war between their creators and their destructive counterparts, the Deviants, in what is already an eon conflict.

Eventually, the Eternals battle with Greek, Roman and Norse gods before leaving Earth to explore the stars.

 

Page from The Eternals-1

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The film based on this property will be directed by Chloe Zhao and set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chloe Zhao’s previous film credits include Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider.

 

Chloe Zhao

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Scripting the new movie is Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The duo previously wrote Ruin and their near-future thriller Mimi From Rio is currently set up at Netflix with Ridley Scott producing.

 

 

Matthew Firpo

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According to Variety, Richard Madden, most famously Robb Stark on Game of Thrones before his infamous death scene, is now in talks to join the cast alongside Angelina Jolie, who played the titular character in Disney’s Maleficent and Kumail Nanjiani, who played Dinesh on HBO’s Silicon Valley.

Right now information is scare. In fact, much of the film is not known. We don’t know who Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani have been cast as and we don’t have a release date.

All we know that The Eternals, Black Widow and Shang Chi are all in development, but no specifics will be revealed until the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home this July 2nd.

 

 

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Disney Officially Owns X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool!

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.

Mickey Mouse stands surrounded by characters the Disney Corp. now owns, such as Iron Man, Deadpool, Wolverine, and one of the blue cat people from Avatar.

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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.

 

 

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