It’s hard to fault fans for wishful thinking, but there’s one topic that unfortunately seems more like a pipe dream: Seeing the X-Men as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Last May, when asked if he’d LIKE to see this happen, Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige conceded:
“Well, the answer would always be “yes,” I think, to getting them back. But I think they have a solid plan over that at Fox for a while.”
Just to clarify, 20th Century Fox licensed both the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’, just as Sony did with ‘Spider-Man’, back before Marvel launched their own film division. But after ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ underperformed in 2014, Sony scrapped all of their Spider-plans and struck a deal with Marvel Studios to not only completely reboot the Spider-Man film franchise, but to share it with Marvel, thus Tom Holland’s scene-stealing guest appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ which leads into the upcoming ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’.
This deal inspired hope in fans, as did subsequent deals, such as Fox collaborating with Marvel Entertainment (which isn’t affiliated with Marvel Studios) on the upcoming FX series ‘Legion’ and the news that Fox and Marvel Studios struck an agreement for Marvel to use Ego the Living Planet in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ in exchange for allowing Fox to make changes to Negasonic Teenage Warhead in ‘Deadpool’.
Could this signal hope that Fox and Marvel could also play nice and integrate the X-Men into the MCU?
Not according to Feige in a recent interview:
“It’s an impossibility at this juncture. We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes.”
Indeed, Marvel Studios has its film schedule planned out for the next several years and there are still several heroes and concepts that could be drawn from the comics without the X-Men.
Following ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, it looks as though Fox will be giving the core mutants a rest in order to reboot the franchise in a few years. But as long as they keep cranking out ANY X-Men movies, like the inevitable ‘Deadpool 2’ and the upcoming ‘Logan’, plus the still-in-development ‘New Mutants’ and ‘Gambit’, they get to keep the film rights. And after the unprecedented success of ‘Deadpool’, unlike Sony whose ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ floundered, Fox isn’t exactly in the same desperate situation. They don’t NEED to collaborate with Marvel (or split the profits), so why would they?
To make fans happy, you say? Ha ha ha ha ha! Good one!
What do you think? Are you upset that the X-Men will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?