BAGS 35 runs up against a whole lot of news dropping very quickly.
On the Transformers front, Hasbro’s Hub network is done, as Discovery takes over a majority stake in the channel and renames it Discovery Family. Hasbro continues on as a minority owner and pledges to provide programming from 9 am to 3 pm but announces their flagship show, Transformers: Robots in Disguise, will air on competitor Cartoon Network.
Marvel announces that Captain America and Thor may be left out of Avengers 3 and in an attempt to keep the actors under contract for more solo films. What does this mean for Avengers 3, which is being built up as the ultimate showdown of the Marvel cinematic universe?
Fox announces plans for a live-action X-Men show following the conclusion of their upcoming film X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. Does X-Men’s large roster of characters make it a perfect fit for the small screen or will the confines of television doom it to seeing small and cheap?
That roster of characters won’t get any larger, however, as Marvel announces that X-Men writers are barred from adding any more characters to the long running comic book series. Marvel additionally announces that the Fantastic Four series has been cancelled. Both decisions have been made in an attempt to strike out against Fox, who owns the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises.
Sony continues to flail miserably in an attempt to craft a cinematic universe to rival Marvel’s. Spider-Man 3 has been put on hold indefinitely as the Venom movie is cancelled. Sony considers rebooting the Spider-Man franchise yet again with their Sinister Six movie, apparently scrapping the Amazing Spider-Man series after just two films.
In addition to that Sony is investigating two other sources for a potential cinematic universe. The first would be a series of Robin Hood films based on the legendary outlaw. The plan would be to use the cast of Robin Hood and his Merry Men as heroes in their own stories to lead to a team-up that would act as a sort of medieval Avengers outing.
The second is the long-dormant Ghotbusters franchise. A simple reboot is off the table as Sony and writer/actor Dan Aykroyd talk about a whole franchise ranging from “Ghostbusters at 9 years old” to “Ghostbusters in high school.”