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Deadpool Is the Only X-Men Property Expected to Survive the Disney/Fox Deal

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With the Disney/Fox deal now officially complete, it’s perhaps fitting that the unkillable mercenary Deadpool is the only X-Men character expected to survive the acquisition in one piece.

While the long-anticipated deal brings popular Marvel Comics characters, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, under the Marvel Studios banner, fans shouldn’t expect to see them on screen until at least 2021, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Disney will handle the marketing for the upcoming Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, but has no further plans for the X-Men or their related properties at the moment.

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When the X-family does finally reappear, they’ll most likely be drastically different than previous interpretations – except for Deadpool, that is. Disney CEO Bob Iger has repeatedly confirmed that the R-rated box office sensation will be welcomed with open arms by the House of Mouse – a fact that Ryan Reynolds celebrated on Tuesday.

Currently, that statement by Iger is the only actual confirmation we have of Deadpool’s Disney fate. While there have been reports of secretive meetings between Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and various members of the X-Men production teams, nothing has been made official.

As of right now, Marvel only has Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home scheduled for release. Black Widow and The Eternals are expected to shoot later this year, along with the recently announced Shang-Chi film. Black Panther and Doctor Strange sequels are also in development, along with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Those six films, presumably, would fill Marvel’s slotted release dates into 2021.

When and where any X-Men films would fit into that schedule is unknown.

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