Some thought it couldn’t be done, but Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures worked out an exciting partnership will see the live-action Spider-Man film franchise rebooted within the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a deal that has fans screaming that Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel should do the same to save the Fantastic Four.
While we’re not there just yet, Fox and Marvel just announced that they are working together on two new X-Men TV shows, a wonderful sign that they have (or are building towards) a healthy working relationship. Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden said in August they were close in finalizing a deal with Marvel for a live-action X-Men television series and now they have. One series, working title Hellfire, is coming to Fox (home of DC Comics series Gotham) while the other, Legion, will come to the more adult-themed FX network.
The news comes just days after Marvel TV commanded a strong presence at New York Comic-Con by showcasing footage and episodes for their upcoming programs Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 3, Agent Carter season 2, Daredevil season 2 and this fall’s Jessica Jones. Although these new X-Men series will be separate from the MCU , they could be set within Fox’s X-Men movie universe.
Set in the late 1960s, the series – which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production – follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world.
Hellfire, expanding on The Hellfire Club introduced in X-Men: First Class, led by Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw, has a mind-blowing list of producers behind it coming from Fox TV, The Donners’ Company, and Marvel TV. The list includes Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Evan Katz, Manny Coto, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory. Hellife will be written by Patrick McKay and JD Payne.
David Madden, President, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company:
“We are thrilled to partner with Marvel to bring this world to television and build upon the vibrant mythology that has captivated fans for years. These powerful and dynamic characters are complicated and larger-than-life, the pace and visual imagination are unrelenting, and the story takes place during one of the most explosive eras in recent history. We are so looking forward to working with this incredibly talented team.”
Jonathan Davis, President, Creative Affairs, 20th Century Fox Television:
“HELLFIRE is a unique opportunity to be able to go deeper with some of these extraordinary characters, but to also dramatize new characters and give TV viewers a chance to experience this expanded world in an explosive way that everyone will be talking about. The action at the center of HELLFIRE will be dynamic and will satisfy the rabid fans, but that said, newcomers will surely be addicted too!”