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Fans have speculated for months about whether we’ll ever see the X-Men and the Fantastic Four join the likes of Captain America, Thor, and the Guardians of the Galaxy, who super-fan (and Marvel Studios President) Kevin Feige joining in on the tantalising prospect.
Whilst it’s still going to be a long ways off until we could potentially see the Marvel Universe reunited (sometime after Summer 2019, supposing the deal between Disney and Fox goes through), that hasn’t lead to certain key individuals letting a few details out.
The Wrap‘s Umberto Gonzales took to Twitter to offer up some (admittedly, overly ambiguous) comments that supposedly came from Feige concerning whether Marvel Studios will ever get the rights.
Gonzales posted saying;
“…’I’m just sitting, waiting for a phone call to say yay or nay, but obviously it would be nice to have that entire library.'”
Now, the problem is, there is no reported date of Feige saying this, nor any context or location for when the conversation could have taken place. For all we know, this might have been something that was said long before the Disney/Fox deal was even on the table. It’s not exactly been a secret that Feige would like to bring all corners of the Marvel Universe into the MCU.
However, if we take a positive spin on it, it does look like it might only be a matter of one phone call that could bring the two universes together. It is not a guarantee, but from what both Disney and Fox‘s head honchos have been saying, the deal seems to be almost certain to go through.
The flipside to all of this, however, is that even if Marvel does get the rights back to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, they probably won’t be making their way into the MCU anytime soon. Aside from the fact that the MCU would have to, somehow, work the existence of mutants into their continuity, Marvel already has quite a lot of plans already in place between now and 2025.
With the proposed X-Factor franchise and whatever plans following the events of X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants are still to come from Fox, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, the Black Widow solo movie, and, of course, Avengers 4 from Marvel, it’s going to be a busy schedule following 2019.
As they always say, ‘never say never’, as there might be some room for that crossover to happen yet.