Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard the news that 21st Century Fox is being purchased by The Walt Disney Corporation. Setting aside the enormous Hollywood implications of the deal, comic book fans were elated by the idea of Disney/Marvel finally getting the rights back to their beloved X-Men and Fantastic Four. But there’s a reason why Fox was selling off its assets, and it’s not because they’re at the top of their game. No, Fox has been struggling lately, and as the Internet is known to do, Fox has been the butt of some very brutal jokes.
What better way to honor the big Fox/Disney news than to go through the bowels of the Internet to find some of the most ridiculous memes that tear apart Fox Studios. We’ve collected memes from angry comic book fans destroying the X-Men and Fantastic Four movies, and believe us, there are A LOT of memes about Fant4stic. There are also some memes about some other sorta-beloved Fox franchises, including the biggest movie of all time. We hope that that presenting these memes can be a cathartic experience for movie fans that are sad about where Fox took some classic characters.
15 PLEASE FOX, DON’T HURT THE CHILDREN
This meme, based on a scene in the Johnny Depp film Finding Neverland, is a classic and has been used a million different ways. In this particular case, we have good ol’ Depp sitting and talking to the young boy about a couple of Fox films. The kid asks if its true that Fox is making a sequel to the classic summertime blockbuster Independence Day. Depp warns the kid that not only is Fox doing that, but it is making multiple sequels to James Cameron’s Fox franchise, Avatar. Tears flow.
It’s heartbreaking, isn’t it? We all know that Independence Day: Resurgence did actually come out, and was just as the little boy feared. All that’s left is for James Cameron to release his four (or is it five?) planned Avatar sequels that somebody apparently wanted. For the rest of us, we are the little boy waiting to be consoled by Johnny Depp. Why, oh why, do we need unnecessary sequels?
14 AVATAR VS. AVATAR
Imagine you were a rabid fan of a very good anime series. You would tell people all about it, and they would look at your like you’re crazy. Then, a few years later, James Cameron comes along and releases a film that goes on to become the single biggest film of all time, and it just so happened to share a title with your favorite anime. That’s what happened to millions of Avatar: The Last Airbender fans in 2009. After Cameron’s Avatar was released, when people heard the name Avatar, they thought of silly blue aliens.
Now, there are legions of The Last Airbender fans who want to smash those cat-alien-smurf people hard. It’s bad enough that the fans of the true Avatar had to suffer through the abysmal live-action adaptation. So, let’s just give them back the name Avatar, okay?
13 THE BLACK LEATHER AVENGERS
Let’s take a trip back to 2000, when X-Men fans were incredibly excited about their beloved comic book superheroes were going to make the trip to live-action. Brought to life by director Bryan Singer, X-Men was the first time that fans would get to see the mutants get their due on the big screen. But something was wrong. The mutants on screen had the right powers. They had amazing actors playing the parts. However, they sure didn’t look like the comics. There was just tons and tons of black leather.
In this meme, a Photoshop genius has put together a poster for what Bryan Singer’s Avengers might look like. Surprise, surprise, they’re all wearing black leather. Not only that, you have some... odd… choices for the cast. Frankly, Ryan Reynolds can star in anything, and we’re fine with it, but Kristen Stewart as Wasp? No, thanks. Brock Lesner as a Lou Ferrigno-inspired Hulk? We’ll pass. Moral of the story is that we should all be thankful for Kevin Feige.
12 FOX NEEDS TO HIRE COSPLAYERS
In the last couple of years, Fox has released two comic book films that have been pretty heavily scrutinized. First, Fantastic Four, aka Fant4stic, was perhaps the single worst superhero film of the last decade. Then, last year, Fox released X-Men: Apocalypse, which was filled with some questionable choices. Both these films shared one major thing in common – really odd villain designs.
In the meme above, you see the two villains in question, Doctor Doom and Apocalypse, done two ways. Up top, you see two incredible cosplayers bringing the printed page to life with some amazing costumes. Then below, you see what a hundreds of millions of dollars can do. It’s sad when the cosplay beats the professionals pretty handily. Maybe Hollywood studios should cruise the comic conventions for some up-and-coming talent?
11 SIMPSONS DID IT FIRST
After news broke of the agreement between Fox and Disney, the memes started to roll in. But there were a couple that pointed out the fact that the writers of The Simpsons television series might have seen the writing on the wall years ago. We all have seen the meme where The Simpsons showed the Fox logo with “A Division of the Walt Disney Company” underneath, but you might have missed this one.
We aren’t sure if Mickey and Goofy actually roughed up any executives at Fox to bully it into selling, but the people over at The Simpsons seem to think that’s how Disney does business. In the meme, you see Mickey punching Homer in the gut while Goofy holds him. And for some reason, Homer’s own flesh and blood, Bart, just sits back and enjoys the whole scene, with Mickey ears resting on his head. That’s cold, Bart. Cold.
10 FANT4STIC’S CERTIFIED ROTTEN.
For those that aren’t hip to the inner workings of licensing deals between companies, it’s a very expensive version of “Use it or lose it.” Fox was only able to keep the rights to its Marvel characters as long as they kept making use of the characters in films. That’s how Disney/Marvel were able to get Daredevil, Ghost Rider and the Punisher back. To prevent Marvel from getting the Fantastic Four rights back, Fox put out Fant4stic, as a reboot and launching pad for a new franchise.
Well, that didn’t go as planned, did it? With an utterly depressing box office total, and a “rotten” score of 11% on Rotten Tomatoes, it seems as if Fox put the final nail in the coffin of The Fantastic Four. They should have listened to Ant-Man actor Corey Stoll’s warning.
9 ALL DEADPOOL’S FRIENDS ARE DEAD
While we consider X-Men to be the biggest franchise that was part of the Fox/Disney deal, people tend to forget that Fox has been the studio that has given genre fans a lot of good content. Fox released all the X-Men films, including Deadpool, Firefly and even Futurama. It just so happens that Fox also pretty much killed all those franchises, as well.
As you see above, the Fox graveyard is littered with fan-loved franchises of yesteryear, with only one, Deadpool, alive and kicking. Almost Human, Arrested Development and Fantastic Four were all victims of Fox studios. Luckily, as you can see, the X-Men might have been saved at the bell, with Disney swooping in because apparently, their grave had already been dug. Thankfully, Deadpool is a live and well to poke fun at the whole situation.
8 FOX HAS A SPOTTY SUPERHERO RECORD
Look, it’s almost completely unfair to compare any franchise to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What Marvel Studios and Disney have done over the last decade is unprecedented and spectacular. It’s just hard to fathom how one studio could get Marvel characters so, so right, while another studio can get Marvel characters so, so wrong.
In the meme, you see that while Marvel studios track record has been darn-near flawless, Fox has a couple of real stinkers on its resume. X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Fant4stic are two of the most hated superhero films to come out in the last decade, and clearly, The Avengers is perhaps the most beloved. Now, with Fox and Disney trying to get their agreement finalized, we might get to see what Marvel Studios can do with Marvel’s First Family and the X-Men’s poster child.
7 GET IT RIGHT, FOX!
The Fantastic Four hold a special place in the hearts of many Marvel Comics fans. They were the first, and for many fans, they are also the very best of the Marvel Universe. That’s why it’s heartbreaking to see that Fox has tried not once, but twice at getting Marvel’s First Family right on the big screen.
First, they went with a campy, silly and not well-written version of the Fantastic Four that seemed horrible at the time, but ended up doing decent enough at the box office. Then, in 2015, Fox released Fant4stic, which makes all other FF films seem like Citizen Kane in hindsight. Luckily, at least for the Fantastic Four’s sake, Marvel Studios appears to be finally getting the rights back to the franchise. And that news makes Magneto very, very happy.
6 CONTINUITY, SCHMONTINUITY
Watching the seven X-Men films in order has to give viewers a headache at this point. While, for the most part, the majority of the films in the series are pretty high quality, ultimately there are some very confusing elements that will make rational movie fans pull their hair out.
As illustrated in the above meme, the idea of multiple actors playing the same character across different time periods is common place in the X-Universe. That leaves movie fans wondering how a teenage Angel could be in 1983 and then a teenage version of the very same character can appear in 2003. Angel isn’t the only example. Jubilee, Emma Frost and others have appeared in multiple films, played by multiple actors, in different time periods. We totally understand Wolverine’s response to Fox Studios.
5 POOR, POOR JUBILEE
If you’re a fan of the 1992 X-Men: The Animated Series, you probably have a fondness for everyone’s favorite mallrat, Jubilee. As the ‘90s were winding down, Jubilee had become an integral member of the X-Men in the comics, and has generally been a lasting presence ever since. However, if your knowledge of the X-Men comes completely from the films, you might be wondering “Why does that girl that shoots sparks out of her hand never talk?”
You see, over the course of seven X-films, Jubilee has appeared in four films, but has literally never been called by her name once. She has also been played by three different actresses. This has been a thorn in the side of Generation X and X-Men: TAS fans for years. Here’s hoping that in the new Marvel Cinematic Universe X-Men, Jubilee will be able to eat her chili fries and become the X-Person we know she can be.
4 MARVEL HAS A VILLAIN PROBLEM
DC Comics is well known for its huge assortment of awesome villains. Batman, Superman and the Flash are known not only for being kickass superheroes, but also for their strong rogues galleries. Marvel, at least on the film front, has only a couple major villains, the two studios that seem to always mess up their characters.
While Sony has made right with Disney, and seems to have its head on straight in regards to Spider-Man, Fox is still the biggest offender when it comes to misuse of Marvel properties. Fantastic Four and the X-Men have all been victims of Fox’s poor handling. Now that it seems like Fox and Disney are entering into a major agreement, perhaps Marvel has slayed its biggest villain. But you know, it’s comic books and the bad guys always come back to fight another day.
3 FANTASTIC GARBAGE
One of the best parts of Thor: Ragnarok is the interaction between Thor and the now-talking Hulk. Since Hulk hasn’t changed back to Bruce Banner in over 2 years, he has been able to develop a very rudimentary grasp of English. Basically, he’s a toddler and we all know that toddlers have the propensity to speak their mind, with no filter.
As the above meme points out, Thor would probably describe Fant4stic as a Fantastic Four film, without judging it or talking badly about it. Hulk, on the other hand, just sees it for what it is – a dumpster full of garbage. That’s a tough pill to swallow for Fox Studios, who were hoping to use Fant4stic as the reboot that would catch the world by storm (no pun intended) and reignite film-goers’ love of the Fantastic Four. Ultimately, with how everything panned out, Hulk probably got this one right.
2 BUZZ IS SO GULLIBLE
Everyone loves Toy Story. Disney/Pixar’s incredible film series follows the antics of a little boy’s toy collection. You know who probably doesn’t like Toy Story? Fox Studios. That’s because Internet trolls can use something as innocent and sweet as Toy Story to make Fox look like completely silly.
It’s sad how badly the Fantastic Four have fared in their jump to live-action. Starting first with the Roger Corman film that will never get an official release, the Fantastic Four have been featured in three big-budget Fox productions, and each of the three films have been critical and box office failures. But aren’t we all just a little bit like Buzz in the meme? Hoping, beyond rational thinking, that there might be a good Fantastic Four movie out there. So, we look, and the world laughs in our face.
1 EVEN XAVIER CAN’T FIGURE OUT THE TIMELINES
Logan is a fantastic movie. Finally, after 17 years, fans were given a version of Wolverine that felt about as perfect as we could ever hope for. And the only reason this movie exists is because Fox just doesn’t give a damn about timelines and continuity. Seriously, think hard about where Logan fits in the X-Universe. Sure, it kinda makes sense. But if you pick it apart, just a little, you can see that Logan is, in effect, a really great "What If" story.
However, if you are a continuity and timeline geek, like most comic book fans, you inevitably try to make the X-films fit together. We’re all Charles Xavier, attempting to figure out which film fits where, and how some characters never age and how does James McAvoy turn into Patrick Stewart? Sure, Xavier has dementia, but Fox has made X-fans feel just a tinge of mental health issues when attempting to figure it all out. Logan has it right, just shut up and enjoy!