It’s fair to say that FOX have made some mistakes in their Marvel movies.
They turned this guy into a cloud, for God’s sake!
However while discussing the possibility of a follow-up to this year’s The Wolverine, Hugh Jackman discussed some minor details of his relationship with FOX and they just might be better than Marvel Studio’s own.
“I started with a two-picture deal on the first two [X-Men films], and from that point on, it’s been movie by movie — not just me, but Fox and Jim and everyone,”
There is the argument that not tying their actors into a multi-picture deal would hinder progress and (now that they’re working on a cinematic universe) could cause huge problems should a cast member decide not to reprise a role that is vital to story progression.
On the other hand, signing up to a deal with Marvel Studios seems to amount to actors signing at least a decade of their life away for a spot in as many as seven feature films and even before phase two began we were hearing claims of contract negotiation from maybe players such as Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson and even some antagonist head-swapping in Iron Man 2 after the Mickey Mouse Corporation got tired of Terrence Howard asking for more money.
Marvel Studios God, Kevin Feige has described this as “James Bond-ing” it and seems perfectly happy with this as a solution, even discussing the possibility of doing this with Tony Stark for future instalments of the Iron Man franchise now that Robert Downey Jr. has gone cold on the idea of doing anymore (at least for the time being.)
Getting back to the question at hand, Have FOX Got A Better Plan For Marvel Movies Than Marvel Themselves?
Or at least they do if this snippet of Hugo Weaving discussing his role as Red Skull is anything to go by.
If for whatever reason you can’t watch the video, this is what he said;
“I think the tendency, with those films, would be to probably not bring a villain back. They might for The Avengers, but I didn’t think I’d be in Captain America 2 or 3. I don’t think Red Skull will be there. And it’s not something I would want to do again. I’m glad I did it. I did sign up for a number of pictures and I suppose, contractually, I would be obliged to, if they forced me to, but they wouldn’t want to force someone to do it, if they didn’t want to.”
Red Skull is a huge part of the history of Captain America and having him signed up for multiple pictures obviously shows that Marvel have some plans but would they really want to use an actor who doesn’t want to play the role?
Surely Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D has done enough harm to their reputation without this. What do you think? Are you a fan of the Marvel or the FOX way of working?