When word dropped late last year that Disney & Fox had reached a preliminary deal that would see Fox sell off their film & television and other nonsports/news assets to Disney, a lot of fans exploded in joy at the thought of X-Men & Fantastic Four joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe one day. That day though isn’t going to be anytime soon.
Disney & Fox’s deal hasn’t even come close to the approval or beginning level, and at the time Disney stated it would take anywhere from 18 to 24 months for them to really dig through and incorporate everything they are buying. Recently Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that the studio has plans for 20 something Marvel films after Avengers 4 caps off a decade of stories next year.
Those twenty films at this point do not include anything to do with the X-Men or Fantastic Four though.
Speaking with Vulture, Feige revealed that he was in the dark about the possible deal as much as fans.
“I read about it in the press like most people did,” Feige said. “These are big deals and certainly above my pay grade.”
Not only was the deal not discussed with Feige, as it stands now there has been no discussion about how and if the new properties would even be incorporated into the MCU. With the ink not even on any sort of deal yet it makes sense that discussions have not begun as nothing is confirmed yet.
“The truth of the matter as I understand it is the deal has to be figured out,” Feige said. “There’s been no communication. We’re not thinking about it. We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced. If and when the deal actually happens, we’ll start to think more about it. Until then, we have a lot to do.”
Currently the studio is about to premiere Black Panther next month, followed by Avengers: Infinity War in May, Ant-Man and the Wasp in July followed by Captain Marvel in March 2019, Avengers 4 in May 2019, a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel in July 2019 and even a still not fully announced Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 sometime in 2020.
That’s not taking into account the rumored Black Widow film along with very likely sequels for Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange at some point as well as a third Spider-Man film likely and whatever the future is of the Avengers films and the solo films for various members once the contracts for the big heroes run out after Avengers 4.
There is also the fact that currently, Fox has Deadpool 2 coming out in May and X-Men: Dark Phoenix in November and moved The New Mutants to February 2019 along with the stuck in development hell Gambit and possible plans for Deadpool 3 and X-Force that have circulated in the past.
That doesn’t mean that there won’t come a time where the mutants and cosmic ray powered family of four won’t debut in the MCU, but if it happens it likely will not be for many years down the line.