After an eternity of waiting, the Marvel Cinematic Universe could finally secure the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the first half of 2019. Phase 4 of the MCU is currently shrouded in mystery, but -- with another 20+ films planned after Avengers: Endgame -- the X-Men and Fantastic Four are getting closer.
Despite Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige saying he has no plans for either iconic team, the upcoming Fox-Disney merger could bring them alongside the likes of Iron Man, Thor and Captain America sooner rather than later.
Speaking on Variety's Playback Podcast, Feige looked back at the first 10 years of the MCU and explained his plans for the future. Discussing the possibility of the X-Men and Fantastic Four coming under his superhero umbrella, the Marvel Studios president revealed, “We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year."
Feige continued that, while he hasn't been given the green light to write stories about these characters just yet, he's expecting to start work soon. “The notion of the characters coming back is great. It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters," he said. "It’s unusual not to. But in terms of actually thinking about it and actually planning things, we haven’t started that yet.”
The ink isn't dry on Disney's acquisition of Fox, but Feige remains hopeful for a lucrative partnership that will add the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the MCU roster. There is a sense of justice when it comes to the X-Men in particular. Back in 2000, Feige worked as an Associate Producer on X-Men and was part of the superhero movie boom that was started by the film.
Avengers: Endgame will arrive on April 26, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie.