Weighing in on the news of the Disney/Fox merger, Marc Guggenheim says he is excited to see Marvel Studios finally get their hands on the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Though Guggenheim may be best known as one of the architects of the Arrowverse, The CW’s shared universe of DC superheroes, the writer has also had a hand in creating stories for Marvel Comics. Guggenheim is currently working on the ongoing series, X-Men: Gold.
The creator of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow has been involved in comic books since he was an intern at Marvel Comics in 1990. He eventually joined a rotating team of writers for The Amazing Spider-Man. In the mid 2000s, Guggenheim wrote several issues of Blade and Wolverine. Over the years, the writer has worked on a variety of titles including Squadron Sinister and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Guggenheim has also penned numerous X-Men titles. Guggenheim is currently working on X-Men: Gold, a series which sees a team of X-Men under the command of Kitty Pryde. The most recent issue of X-Men: Gold pleased longtime X-Men fans by reuniting Excalibur.
In December, 20th Century Fox sold their TV and film divisions to Disney for $52.4 billion. Fans and celebrities alike have reacted to the Hollywood merger with excitement, though not everyone has been enthusiastic about the merger. Some are wary about how a deal of such proportions could affect the industry. In an interview with ComicBook, Marc Guggenheim reveals that he feels the same way. Guggenheim says he’s not a big fan of “big corporate consolidations” as he doesn’t consider them to be good for writers, or for the country.
However, Guggenheim has decided to make an exception in the case of FOX and Disney, since the deal results in a major opportunity for Marvel Studios: introducing the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
That said, as a comic book fan and just as a fan of these characters, the idea of Marvel Studios getting their hands on Fantastic Four and X-Men, I’m willing to overlook any anti-trust issues that this deal may present. To me, putting these characters in Kevin Feige’s hands is worth anything. Go ahead.
Guggenheim’s enthusiasm echoes the thoughts of millions of fans who can’t wait to see the two properties included in the MCU with the Avengers, Spider-Man, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Doctor Strange. It remains to be seen exactly how long fans will have to wait for the merger to have an impact on the MCU.
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