With all the hoopla surrounding the landmark deal that was confirmed earlier today – that being Disney acquiring Fox – fans have been dancing in the streets knowing this means the X-Men can finally be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But there’s something else important that none of us should overlook, with the Mouse House now having various other big name film franchises under its roof. In other words, Ellen Ripley is now a Disney Princess.
That’s right, both the Alien and Predator franchises now fall under the Disney umbrella. And, by now, you don’t need us to tell you that they’re two of the most beloved series of all time to have blurred the lines between the horror and science fiction genres. Sure, both have their next installments in varying stages of developments, but beyond that, none of us can rule out new creative directions being taken.
One obvious scenario we could see panning out would be another crossover. Hey, just because the first two mashups didn’t go so well – especially the abomination that was Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem – doesn’t mean another director can’t take a stab at it. In all honesty, Disney probably knows there’s money-making potential there and, with the right filmmaker, they could crack the formula – barring any needless subplots featuring a kid who delivers pizzas, of course.
But if they want to get really crazy, they could crossover either property with something from Marvel like, say, Guardians of the Galaxy, although the respective tones might not gel. Oddly enough, DC icons Batman and Superman have tangled with both the Alien and Predator in the comics, so to do a switcheroo with Marvel on film would really be something, wouldn’t you say?