If you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, then you know that Marvel Studios has produced some of the biggest blockbusters in recent years. However, what many people don’t realize is that before Marvel was acquired by Disney, they licensed out some of their characters to other studios.
One of those studios was Fox, and they ended up owning the rights to several popular Marvel properties. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what Marvel movies Fox owned.
The X-Men franchise is perhaps the most well-known of all the Marvel properties that Fox owned. The first X-Men movie was released in 2000 and starred Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Professor X.
Over the years, Fox released several sequels and spin-offs, including X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and The Wolverine (2013). They also rebooted the franchise with 2011’s X-Men: First Class, which focused on the origins of Professor X and Magneto.
Fantastic Four Franchise
Another popular Marvel property that Fox owned was the Fantastic Four franchise. The Fantastic Four are a team of superheroes who gain their powers after being exposed to cosmic rays during a scientific experiment gone wrong.
The first two movies were released in 2005 and 2007 respectively, starring Ioan Gruffudd as Mr. Fantastic, Jessica Alba as Invisible Woman, Chris Evans as Human Torch and Michael Chiklis as The Thing. A reboot titled “Fantastic Four” was released in 2015 which starred Miles Teller as Mr.Fantastic , Kate Mara as Invisible Woman , Michael B.Jordan as Human Torch & Jamie Bell as The Thing.
Deadpool is one of the most popular characters in the Marvel universe, and Fox owned the movie rights to the character. In 2016, they released a solo movie starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular character. The film was a massive success, grossing over $783 million worldwide.
Aside from these major franchises, Fox also owned the rights to several other Marvel properties. In 2003, they released a movie based on the Daredevil comics, starring Ben Affleck as the titular character.
They also released a spinoff movie based on Elektra in 2005. In 2015, Fox released a reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise.
In conclusion, Fox owned several popular Marvel properties over the years. They produced several X-Men movies and spinoffs, as well as two Fantastic Four movies and a Deadpool movie. While Disney has since acquired Fox and therefore owns these properties now, it’s interesting to look back at how different studios have interpreted these beloved characters over the years.