Why the Comic Book Movie Boom Could Make Fox Investors Rich

Soon audiences will get another look at Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine, the sequel to 2009's disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine and part of the Marvel's mutant team of X-Men to which 21st Century Fox investors own the film rights. Even so, Fox's best comic book movie property might very well be an insane assassin named Deadpool.

Ryan Reynolds played the character in Origins. Activision Blizzard has since teamed with High Moon Studios to create an intense, quip-laden, fourth-wall-breaking title featuring the character Marvel calls its "merc with a mouth."  Gamers give it decent ratings on the Xbox and PS3 -- about 60 out of 100 according to data compiled by the ratings site Metacritic.

But now fans here at Fool.com and elsewhere want to see Deadpool in his own comic book movie, says Fool contributor Tim Beyers in the following video. So does Reynolds. He's said as much in public statements.

So why can't Walt Disney just go make it? Cave in and shoot an R-rated film featuring Deadpool? Because the character first appeared in a comic series called "The New Mutants," and as such, is considered an X-Men property. Fox has the film rights to the entire X-Men family of characters.

Meanwhile, R-rated comic book films suffer from a mixed track record. If Fox isn't yet willing to make a Deadpool film, it may very well be because we don't yet know if the market for violent films based on comic books is anywhere near as robust as it is for excessive video games such as Take-Two Interactive's highly anticipated GTA V, Tim says.

Will Fox profit as much as Disney from the comic book movie boom? Leave a comment to let us know what you've seen this summer and what you expect from future studio releases in the genre.


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The article Why the Comic Book Movie Boom Could Make Fox Investors Rich originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Tim Beyers is a member of the  Motley Fool Rule Breakers stock-picking team and the Motley Fool Supernova Odyssey I mission. He owned shares of Walt Disney at the time of publication. Check out Tim's web home and portfolio holdings or connect with him on Google+Tumblr, or Twitter, where he goes by @milehighfool. You can also get his insights delivered directly to your RSS reader.The Motley Fool recommends Activision Blizzard, Take-Two Interactive , and Walt Disney. The Motley Fool owns shares of Activision Blizzard and Walt Disney. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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