Marvel Movie Boss Weighs In On When X-Men Will Join The Cinematic Universe

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When rumors started swirling that the Walt Disney Company was considering buying 21st Century Fox--and with it, the movie rights to the X-Men franchise--many Marvel Cinematic Universe fans could barely contain their excitement. At long last, the potential of integrating the X-Men into the MCU seemed possible.

Now with the acquisition actually happening, you might be wondering about the likelihood of Wolverine or Professor X showing up in Avengers: Infinity War as a special surprise. According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, though, fans shouldn't hold their breath.

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Speaking to Vulture, Feige claims that the plans for the next several movies are already in motion, and the deal between Disney and Fox isn't even finalized at this point. With that in mind, his team hasn't even started figuring out where any new characters would fit into the MCU. "We're not thinking about it. We're focusing on everything we've already announced," he says. "If and when the deal actually happens, we'll start to think more about it. Until then, we have a lot to do."

As it stands, Feige is putting his attention on the next five MCU films, which will take the company through the middle of 2019 and the end of Phase Three. After that, following the fourth Avengers movie, it's expected that there will be some major changes to the franchise of films. While nothing has been officially stated, some of the MCU's stars are believed to be moving on.

That's the major finishing line Marvel Studios is looking to cross at this point, as Feige says, "I'm hoping to deliver on everything we've promised thus far."

Still, should the acquisition become finalized, weaving the X-Men into the MCU is bound to happen. When it does, you can likely expect Marvel to treat it with as much care as it does the rest of its movie superheroes.

"For years, predating the history of Marvel Studios itself, people asked me about superhero fatigue and if it was a fad or a phase," Feige says. "I say, if they're all different, if they're all special, nobody will get tired of these things before we at Marvel Studios will, since we live and breathe these things 24 hours a day. You make films like Thor: Ragnarok, like [Spider-Man:]Homecoming, like Guardians of the Galaxy, certainly like [Black] Panther, and the upcoming Infinity War to keep it interesting and change it up. And we will continue to do that."

The next MCU movie, Black Panther, hits theaters on February 16. Meanwhile, Deadpool 2 is the next film in the X-Men franchise heading to the big screen. It premieres on May 18.

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Doctor Strange is gonna wololo them in with Avengers 5: Galactus. Basically roll in the reset timeline with the stark girl playing Jean Gray.

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Whatever they do, it'll just be sterilized with quips upon quips.

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I'd prefer they keep them separate. The X-Men universe is huge on its own. It would work better as a TV franchise where they will have time to give every character proper coverage.

Anyway, from the little I've gleaned so far, the next era of MCU movies will likely focus on Spiderman and The Fantastic Four.

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@Barighm: The only good X men movie has been days of future of past. Logan & Deadpool are their own thing but so far everything else X men on it's own has been an absolute turd they might as well join up with the MCU at this point.

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If they do I just hope they can redo the age of apocalypse saga. People need to give the bad guy another chance they botched that movie it shouldve been awesome. same with magneto I want him to actually not be so old and frail and can put up a fight and go 1 on 1 against so many of them. Not his younger self, think 90s cartoon version. He didnt feel like a bad guy in the original movies

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@Archangel2222: welcome to die!

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@Archangel2222: Completely agree with this. Though I love Ian Mckellan I always thought he was way too old for the role rather than a seasoned version of the character.

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I guess people don’t understand Avengers Infinity and Avengers 4 has finished shoot after the deal with Fox was announced. So there’s no way Marvel would have known anything about it by then and I don’t see them joining until Avengers 5 or 6.

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@austinp: I highly doubt Disney went through all of that trouble to acquire their Marvel franchises without telling Marvel about it.