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Don’t Count On Any X-MEN Teases In Either of The Next Two AVENGERS, Says Feige

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Ever since the word got out that Disney was buying Fox, fans have been buzzing about the fact that this means that the X-Men and Fantastic Four would finally be brought “home” to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This also unleashed a ton of chatter around the idea that Marvel Studios could start dropping hints about the impending arrival of everyone’s favorite mutants in one of their upcoming event films. After all, they’ve got two massive ones on the way: Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4.

According to Marvel honcho Kevin Feige, though, something like that is not in the cards.

At a press junket for Black Panther, he was asked about this subject and here’s what Feige said:

“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. … It would be years away. We’ve announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted.”

That verbiage means that Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity WarAnt-Man and The WaspCaptain MarvelAvengers 4, and Spider-Man 2 will not be adjusted in any way to pave the way for the X-Men’s impending arrival, since those are all of the releases they’ve announced through 2019.

There’s also the matter of figuring out how the X-Men will join the MCU. Will they reboot the franchise and reintroduce the characters as if the last two decades of Fox X-Men movies never happened? Or will they find a way to incorporate the current continuity into the MCU by way of a comic book-style plot line that introduces alternate realities into the shared universe?

With characters like Doctor Strange and Ant-Man seemingly able to travel between space and time, could they- for example- have the Sorcerer Supreme seek out James McAvoy’s Professor X in an alternate dimension and ask him and his team of X-Men to help out with the secret invasion that may be on the way?

The fact that Fox is still investing in their X-Men movies in a big way is what even makes this a question. A question our own Mario-Francisco Robles has brought up on the El Fanboy Podcast in the past, which we’ll now pose to you is:

What happens if Simon Kinberg’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix is a runaway hit like X-Men: Days of Future Past?

If you’re Marvel Studios, and this film ends up reinvigorating the X-Men franchise the way DoFP temporarily did- before Apocalypse killed it again- do you still hit the Reset Button on the franchise? Or do you find a way to have both the XCU and the MCU co-exist? As it stands, it’d be incredibly foolish to scrap any of the Ryan Reynolds’ X-series, like Deadpool and X-Force, so it’s not cut-and-dry that Marvel will automatically scratch what Fox has been working on once Disney is fully in charge.

It’s a complicated matter and we’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

7 Comments

Michael Scarn

  • ManateeAdvocate

    The deal hasn’t even been finalized yet. Anyone who thinks they’ll see these crossovers anytime soon is not thinking logically or rationally. No offense meant, it’s fun to fantasize, but be real here. I have confidence that when they do inject these characters into the MCU it’ll be done so in a deft fashion.

    • Mario-Francisco Robles

      The bigger question, though:

      When they’re injected into the MCU, do you want them recast/rebooted? Or do you want to see Michael Fassbender’s Magneto interact with Iron Man?

      • ManateeAdvocate

        See, that’s a tough one. Some of the actors cast in that universe are great whilst others are ho-hum. Gun to my head? I’d like them all recast. “Retconning” the X-Men universe into the MCU would not only be a helluva a feat to pull off, but also a nightmare I’d imagine.

      • Alex Mendoza

        I think let the Xmen finish off with the Dark Phoenix saga and then recast. As great as some of them are and I’m a big fan of Prof X, it would be weird having some return and others gone. Having said that, they could knock it out of the park with the next film but I’m not holding my breath really because although they have been adequate, the Xmen films have not been great in my opinion and Simon Kinberg has been involved with a lot of them. Now he is directing one himself and this is his first time as a Director.

        I believe we may see a teaser in Avengers 4 but more as an end of credits sting and I dont think it will involve the Xmen…… they will tease the Fantastic Four and the coming of Galactus

      • randomironicname

        I’m rooting for a complete reboot! I dislike the path that they have taken with the movies so much that I would like to see everything wiped clean. Fassbinder makes a great Magneto but I don’t want much else potentially contaminating the MCU. (no more Mystique)

      • Mario-Francisco Robles

        I hear you there. It’s definitely not cut and dry, which way they should go. But I can completely understand the desire to just start from scratch.

        I’m inclined to agree.

        My thing is, though, would you have wanted this if the Disney-Fox deal had gone through, say, two weeks after DoFP came out?

      • randomironicname

        I probably wouldn’t have cried if they had done it then but I was fine with them trying one more. DoFP is a bit overrated. The whole second generation of the movies has been a mess. It just wasn’t the X-men that I though they should be trying to build. Prof X walked/had hair, no cyclops,jean,angel and of course they filled in those holes by adding more mystique. When they did add the main characters the casting was very underwhelming.

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