Now that the Disney-Fox merger is complete, it’s only a matter of time before we finally get to see the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Fantastic Four – though those hoping that a new version of the team would fittingly debut as part of the franchise’s Phase 4 plans were left disappointed by the slate news that was dropped at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. While Marvel’s First Family was name-dropped by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, no concrete details about their developing next feature were offered. Since then, however, we have seen some forward motion.
Everything is fluid, and everything will stay fluid,” says Tom Rothman, chairman and chief executive of Sony Pictures. “It’s the antithesis of the way it used to be. In the old days, you planted your flag and you didn’t move for hell or high water. Now, there’s a great premium on being very flexible and nimble.”Most of the projects announced by Marvel Studios during San Diego Comic-Con 2019 were ones that fans were already vaguely aware of, but this is one that took everybody by surprise. The company has held the rights to Blade for a number of years now, but it was only during the annual summer event that they announced that they are finally doing something with it. And what’s more, the project has already lined up a star.
Regardless of how much Johansson might have lost or stands to gain, the Black Widow lawsuit is making waves in Hollywood. Women in Film, Los Angeles, ReFrame and Time’s Up issued a joint statement in support of Johansson, calling the Disney response to the lawsuit a “gendered character attack.” Additionally, other actors from Disney films released this year (including Cruella star Emma Stone) are apparently considering their own lawsuits against Disney+ over the simultaneous streaming releases, suggesting that Johansson will not be alone in her fight.