After a roller coaster with soaring highs (X2, Days of Future Past, Logan) and devastating lows (X-Men: Last Stand, Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: Apocalypse), the X-Men franchise has been unpredictable at best. It's hard not to compare every comic book movie universe to the MCU, and while X-Men has been more successful than some (lookin' at you, Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters), it hasn't quite nailed the dependability of Avengers-adjacent films. It's a shame that it wasn't until the mutant-film-verse was in its last gasps that 20th Century Fox decided to branch out from the traditional X-Men style and try something new. It's also a shame that the movie wasn't better.
This was my second viewing of "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse". I remember liking it the first time, but I didn't remember a ton of specifics. Going into it, I expected to have fun on my rewatch and find a few things to write about when I was done.
The first "Deadpool" had a small budget (by superhero movie standards) and wasn't expected to succeed by some, who questioned whether there was a place for an R-rated comic book movie. Then, in true Hollywood studio fashion, once it became clear that the first film would surpass anyone's expectations, a second installment was greenlit with nearly double the budget. And when you're a comic book movie with that kind of money, you can bet Thanos is going to be there.
There were rumors of Deadpool making his way into the X-Men movie franchise for a while, but nothing ever panned out. After all, the character just doesn't seem like the right fit for an ensemble. Then they tried him in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, even letting Ryan Reynolds (whom the character claims to resemble in the comics) play him with... less than stellar results. Any movie that was going to do Deadpool justice would have to be centered on Wade Wilson himself, the so-called Merc with a Mouth. And surely no one would be crazy enough to......
I had my suspicions about a "Venom" movie without Spider-Man. It's like doing a whole movie about Joker without Batman - crazy idea, right? But I think one of the best part about the general success of the blockbuster comic book movies is that filmmakers are getting more comfortable trying new things and exploring more obscure titles. Sony may have relented to partner with the MCU on Spider-Man, but they are holding tight to Venom and apparently trying to use this movie to launch their own shared universe, because why not?