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Marvel fans have been over-the-moon with the recent Disney/21st Century deal and the prospect that the likes of the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and all related characters would finally be incorporated into the wider MCU.
Whilst it’s almost a guarantee that those characters will feature in the MCU at some point, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige urges we shouldn’t hold our breath.
Talking to Vulture, Feige was asked if he had any influence in bringing the Marvel Universe back together. However, he revealed that he found out about the acquisition the same way everyone else did; he read about it online.
As Feige put it, the deal was “certainly above [his] pay grade.”
And, with multiple movies already announced through 2019, and at least 12 months before the deal is completely finalised – it has to go through Government first – Feige made it clear that we should not expect to see any crossover just yet.
“The truth of the matter as I understand it is the deal has to be figured out. 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.
I think about it through 2019, through the movies we’ve already shot or are about to start filming. I’m hoping to deliver on everything we’ve promised thus far.”
Whilst we’re all excited for the eventual crossover, it’s good to know that Feige and co. are still focusing on doing the best with what they’ve already got in the pipeline and not looking past planned projects.
Black Panther, which hits cinemas in the UK 12th February, has already received rave reviews online and marks the first entry into what promises to be one of the best years for superhero/comic book movies. Following Black Panther, there’s Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp from Marvel Studios, and Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix from Fox, the Tom Hardy-lead Venom movie from Sony, and Aquaman from DC to wrap things up.