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Disney Is Mulling Over Fox's Marvel Slate But The Final Decision Is Likely To Be Kevin Feige's

New details on what Fox has planned for Fox's Marvel properties have been revealed and it makes for very interesting reading! However, fear not, as it sounds like they're all still heading to the MCU...




In the press release announcing the deal between Disney and Fox, the studio made it clear that the plan is to "reunite the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool with the Marvel family under one roof." However, with X-Men: Dark Phoenix on the way and a long list of other projects in development, the status of many movies is in flux and fans have been wondering what's next for them as a result.

Disney CEO Bob Iger held two conference calls yesterday and he confirmed that the Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Deadpool will all become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as opposed to remaining in a separate world or being put under a difference banner (sort of like how The Defenders exists away from The Avengers because the characters in that team are part of Marvel's television division).

"With 20th Century Fox Film, we have the opportunity to expand iconic franchises for new generations of fans around the world – just as we have with Marvel and Star Wars," he explained. "We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool and to reuniting all of the Star Wars movies ever made under one roof again, which opens new opportunities for that iconic franchise." That last part is a reference to A New Hope.

It's going to take another twelve to eighteen months for this deal to be finalised and that means all of Fox's 2018 movies will indeed be released as planned. Beyond that, Iger confirmed that others will continue to be developed but you have to believe the chances of a film like Gambit happening are slim.


A story from The Hollywood Reporter confirms that there will be casualties among Fox's Marvel slate and that's because the eventual plan is to reboot the characters and make them part of the MCU. "[Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige] is going to be asked, ‘Do you want to continues on these developments paths?’" says one insider about where things go next with these iconic heroes...
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X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool Will Expand the MCU, According To Bob Iger

Speaking yesterday with investors, Disney CEO Bob Iger offered some more insight into the company’s plans for their newly acquired properties. While most people didn’t really think Marvel Studios would sit on their hands after acquiring the live-action rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four and related characters, some pundits have maintained that the characters, especially the X-Men, would stay in their own sandbox. Iger doesn’t agree:
We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. Basically Fox — 20th Century Fox Studios — has some interesting tentpole opportunities, we obviously are going to continue to support that. What they’ve done obviously with Avatar, and what they did with Deadpool, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Planet of the Apes is another one. We’ll stay in that business. Not all of it will be branded anything other than what it’s branded today, as a for instance. How much we will create under that banner, we’re still uncertain. It’s going to take a while from a regulatory perspective. They’ll continue to develop in that period of time and at such time as we close this deal and have control, we’ll take stock and really look carefully at what their slate looks like going forward and how many movies it would make sense to make.
And so it seems that for the time being, Fox will proceed as usual with films like X-Men: Dark Phoenix, New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and maybe even Gambit and X-Force. However, once the deal has been approved and Disney takes full ownership of Fox’s studios (potentially 12-18 months from now), we are likely to see Disney hand creative control over these properties to Kevin Feige.
To that end, another report cites that unnamed “insiders” are already hearing that combining the new properties with the robust planned MCU slate could come at the expense of some of Fox’s future plans. Future New Mutants films and other X-films in development (an X-23 spinoff was mentioned) could potentially be pushed to Disney’s upcoming streaming platform while Feige focuses on giving the X-Men and Fantastic Four (and their incredible villains) the treatment they deserve. So while we may never get to see that Multiple Man film, it seems like we might have a chance of seeing Spidey sit on a rooftop with the Human Torch or see Reed Richards talk science with T’Challa. Guess it’s a little give and take.
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Marvel Needs To Wait Until Phase 5 Before X-Men Crossover













As excited as fans are to see the X-Men join the MCU, Marvel would be wise to wait until Phase 5 to bring them into the fold. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was a novel approach to blockbuster filmmaking when it was first conceived, one that’s resulted in unprecedented levels of critical and commercial success. So far, the 17 entries into Marvel’s shared universe sport an average 83% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and they’ve combined for a total haul of $13.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes have quickly become Earth’s Mightiest Franchise, but even the MCU’s most fervent supporters have had trouble ignoring the elephant in the room. Plainly put, a cinematic universe based off of the heroes of Marvel Comics is incomplete without the X-Men. (And, to a lesser extent, the Fantastic Four.)
So when Disney/Marvel was finally able to reacquire the film rights to those characters from Fox, fans went nuts. At long last, the MCU has access to Marvel’s First Family and the mutants that shaped the comic universe as we know it. The only question that remains is how and when these superhero teams will be introduced.






That’s where things get a bit messy. Between narrative complications, various regulatory committees, and the litany of projects already well into development on both sides of the aisle, bringing these beloved heroes into the MCU will not be as straightforward as fans might’ve hoped. It can (and likely will) be done, but it’s going to take some patience. Here’s why Marvel Needs To Wait Until Phase 5 Before The X-Men Crossover.
The deal hasn’t actually been completed yet









When the deal between Disney and Fox was “completed” in December, most fans assumed that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four would be jumping into the MCU in short order. Why wait to give fans something they’ve already been waiting years to see, right? Because while the deal has been agreed to by the two companies, it still hasn’t hasn’t been approved by the proper regulatory committees. Governments both at home and abroad are expected to submit this agreement to the same sort of scrutiny that the 2016 Time Warner/At&T deal was subjected to (a deal that the U.S. Justice Department is currently suing to block, by the way). TLDR: Marvel’s purchase of Fox hasn’t actually been completed just yet, and it’s not quite a sure thing, either.

A lot can go wrong in the 18 months that the regulatory process is expected to take, so the companies have financial agreements in place in the event that one of them ends up backing out of the deal or that it’s blocked. But since there’s a lengthy road ahead to the deal actually being finalized, the MCU and Fox will continue operating autonomously. Neither company can afford to assume that the deal will be approved, so until it actually is, both Marvel and Fox have to operate as though it’s not happening. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige may be excited to work with the X-Men, and he can (and will) concoct a gameplan for introducing them, but he’ll have to wait at least another year and a half to actually do it. Neither company will be sitting on its hands in the meantime, though.
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Kevin Feige Has A Very Specific X-MEN Moment He's Hoping To Bring To The Big Screen

In a newly surfaced interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige weighs in on a scene he hoped to bring to the big screen while producing X-Men; the question now is, will we see it in the MCU?








The dust is still settling from the bombshell announcement that Disney is in the process of acquiring Fox and fans are now waiting with baited breath to see when the X-Men will arrive in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now, an interview from last March has surfaced which is causing quite the stir as it features Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealing an X-Men moment he hopes to make a reality.

At the time, he obviously had no idea that this deal was in the works but now that he'll soon have the chance to do whatever he pleases with the X-Men, it's hard to imagine he won't want to bring it to the big screen. Bear in mind that it wasn't too long ago another old interview surfaced which saw Feige reveal his desire to have Aunt May learn that Peter Parker is secretly Spider-Man! By now, you'll obviously be well aware that that's how the Marvel produced Spider-Man: Homecoming ended.

"In the comic books, there was this great panel at the time, where Magneto would use his magnetic powers to take a gun and split it into all its component parts. So it was an amazing drawing and I had it up on my desk. And I went, 'wouldn't it be cool to do that?' No. We couldn't do that. We had wires that lifted up a shotgun and turned it around."
"One day," he added, hinting that the scene is one which remains on his mind despite all the time that's passed. Which X-Men moments do you hope to see in the MCU? Would you like Magneto to battle The Avengers? As always, let us know your thoughts on that and Feige's comments below.
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How Marvel’s Kevin Feige Actually Feels About The Disney And Fox Deal




For years, the prospect of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, the two cinematic Marvel properties that still remain at 20th Century Fox, being incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was just a dream. That changed early last December, when it was formally announced that Disney is purchasing large chunks of Fox's entertainment assets. There's still a lot of work to be done before this deal is finalized, but shortly after the news came out, it was reported that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was particularly excited at the prospect of finally getting his hands on the X-Men. However, now Feige has said that not only is he not in the loop with what's happening between Disney and Fox, but he hasn't been giving it much thought, as he's focused on what's coming in the MCU's immediate future. As Feige put it:

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.


Given Kevin Feige's previous experience producing the first three X-Men movies over at Fox, one would imagine that he is indeed looking forward to the day that the mutant superheroes and villains can join the shared universe he's overseen since the beginning. That being said, for now it appears that Feige isn't concerned about the Disney and Fox deal, as he's staying focused on what's already on the MCU slate, from Black Panther arriving in just a few weeks to Avengers 4 concluding Phase Three next year. Only once the deal has officially gone through will Feige and the other MCU brass start figuring out where to go from there.


That's all fine and reasonable, but hypothetically speaking, what would be the soonest we would see any X-Men and/or Fantastic Four movies in the MCU if the Disney and Fox deal goes through, and would these projects result in any existing slate changes? That's what Vulture asked later in its interview with Kevin Feige, and this was the producer's response:

It would be years away. We've announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted.
So far only two post-Phase Three MCU projects have been officially confirmed: Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, which swings into theaters in July 5, 2019, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is expected to come out in 2020. There is also a Black Widow movie in development, but that's still in the early creative stages. So everything through 2019 is already set in stone, and presumably there are other movies that Marvel is working on that haven't been revealed to the public yet. So even if/when the X-Men and the Fantastic Four hop over to the MCU, don't necessarily get your hopes up about them leading their own movies in this franchise right away.
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Don't Worry, The X-MEN Are Still (Probably) Coming Home; Fox President Says Disney Deal Is Happening

Despite some troubling reports that Comcast could outbid Disney and buy 21st Century Fox, the President of the company has now made it clear that the company is definitely looking to partner with Disney.




Disney buying 21st Century Fox is interesting and exciting for a vast array of reasons but comic book fans are particularly excited about the Fantastic Four and X-Men arriving in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recently, we've heard that Comcast could be looking to outbid Disney to purchase the company but a new report makes it clear that Fox is perfectly happy with the deal they have in place with the House of Mouse. If that's the case, forget about that Kitty Pryde movie revealed last night!

Talking at Redcode's Code Media event, 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice called those Comcast reports "speculation-palooza" and while he believes the company would be a great acquisition for Disney or Comcast, it's the former which is the better partner. The only way that's going to change is if shareholders force a vote at Fox but Comcast's bid would have to be massive for that to happen.


The regulatory process is already underway for the Disney/Fox deal and the closer that gets to government approval, the less likely it is that Fox will return to square one to deal with Comcast (that would hurt share prices). So, it looks like we can definitely expect to see the X-Men and Fantastic Four assemble alongside The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy in the not too distant future.
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Recasting The X-Men For The MCU





Marvel will need a new X-Men cast if the mutant superhero team is indeed incorporated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Walt Disney Company is currently in the process of acquiring 20th Century Fox – a sale that should complete in 2019, barring any injunction from federal regulators – which will give Marvel Entertainment the movie rights to both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. That means both teams will eventually join the MCU, but not until 2021 at the earliest.

While it seems likely that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will be rebooted at some point down the line – should the deal go through, of course – Fox is continuing to push forward with their own mutant-related films until all that happens. But once it does, Marvel will be able to take the franchise in a direction audiences haven’t seen in many years – and that requires an entirely new cast for characters such as Professor X, Magneto, Jean Grey, and more. It’s worth noting that we’re skewing younger with this list, from the mid-20s to mid-30s for most (but not all) of the X-Men.

RALPH FIENNES AS PROFESSOR X



Charles Xavier is the most important character in the X-Men; the team’s name is based on his name. Now that Patrick Stewart has given 17 years to the character and gone out on a high note in Logan, it’s time for someone else to sit in the chair. Ralph Fiennes should be that actor. He’s one of the most talented actors working today, and he’s already proven that he can take on a major role in a big fandom and deliver a solid performance. After all, not only has he played M in the James Bond films but he’s known amongst young adults as the actor who played Voldemort in Harry Potter. Playing Professor X would allow him to play the good guy instead of the villain this time.

JASON ISAACS AS MAGNETO



Both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender have done incredible jobs playing Erik Lehnsherr in Fox’s X-Men universe, but the MCU will still need its own version of the iconic mutant Magneto. The ideal person to follow in their legacies would be Jason Isaacs, who’s arguably an underrated actor who has appeared in several movies and TV shows before. In this hypothetical casting, Isaacs appearing as Magneto would allow for an epic Harry Potter reunion with Fiennes, though this time giving Isaacs the upper hand on being the bad guy… sometimes. Perhaps to differentiate Fox’s version with the MCU version, Marvel might use the character’s original alter ego: Max Eisenhardt.

SCOTT CAAN AS WOLVERINE



Following up on Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine isn’t going to be easy, but the right actor with the right traits can potentially give a more comic accurate adaptation for fans to appreciate – and the person to do with would be Scott Caan. Caan not only possesses the much-needed traits to play Wolverine, but he’s also an exceptional actor with several years of experience under his belt, which he can leverage to bring Wolverine to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And while he typically appears on television, it’s not like he hasn’t starred in some big movies before.

FREEMA AGYEMAN AS STORM




Storm has been a wild card in Fox’s X-Men universe over the past few years, only appearing twice since the prequel reboot in 2011. Considering that she’s a vital character in the comics, and not just to the X-Men world, an actress who can leverage her talents in multiple films is needed – and that actress should be Freema Agyeman, who’s known for her roles on Sense8 and Doctor Who. Plus, being around the same age as Chadwick Boseman will allow Marvel to easily develop a relationship between T’Challa and Ororo Munroe. After all, seeing Storm in a future Black Panther movie is something comic book fans are dreaming of happening. This could be the first step to making that a reality.

HENRY HOPPER AS CYCLOPS


Although Storm should arguably be older than the rest of the X-Men in this hypothetical casting, Cyclops should be around the same age as the rest of the core team, in their late 20s to early 30s – and Henry Hopper falls into that age range. Hopper is primarily known for his roles in Gus Van Sant’s Restless and for playing C.K. Williams in The Color of Time. With Cyclops, it’s not just about being able to pull off his signature red visor, it’s also about being able to balance his unique personality and all of its ups and downs. Hopper has proven that he can do just that in his past films.

SAOIRSE RONAN AS JEAN GREY



Jean Grey is more than just a telepath and telekinetic, she’s the host for one of the most powerful entities in the Marvel Universe. But beyond that, she’s also someone who’s merely trying to control her powers and find her place in the world alongside the people she loves. Bottom line, she’s a complicated character, and obviously, playing that role convincingly requires someone with great acting chops like Saoirse Ronan. Getting an actress like Ronan for the role would be huge for Marvel, and she’s already proven time and again that she has the skills necessary to take on virtually any role that comes her way. Plus, audiences already know that she can pull off red hair thanks to her role in Lady Bird.

DYLAN O’BRIEN AS ICEMAN


Dylan O’Brien is a fan-favorite to play Iceman if the role is recast – and that makes a lot of sense. He’s quite popular with young adults thanks to his role in Teen Wolf and The Maze Runner trilogy. But what’s important for the next iteration of Iceman is that he be more spirited and use his dry sense of humor to be the comic relief. O’Brien has proven that he can do just that, so why not give him the shot at doing so in the MCU? Of course, if he’s not the right person for the job, then Marvel could just cast Aaron Ashmore in the role; he is Shawn Ashmore’s twin, after all. That would be an interesting way to differentiate from Fox’s films, yet still allow for some familiarity for audiences.

ALEX PETTYFER AS ANGEL



Angel is one of the original X-Men who’s been criminally underused in the films thus far, despite being given seemingly integral roles in both X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Apocalypse. That should change with a potential MCU version of the character. While it may not seem like an obvious choice, Alex Pettyfer could actually be the perfect person to bring the character to life… for real this time. Sure, his past roles don’t necessarily lend confidence for him to take on a role like this, but this could be a chance for him to change his image, similarly to what Chris Evans did when he became Captain America. Moreover, he’s already played troubled souls in the past, something that Warren Worthington knows all too well.

TOBY KEBBELL AS BEAST


Toby Kebbell should play Beast. He’s got all the skills required to pull off the character’s inquisitive and animalistic nature. But the character should be primarily CGI this time around. Since Marvel has already been using motion-capture for characters like Thanos, it would be great if they did the same for Beast, someone who’s primarily been shown via practical effects in the past. And considering that Kebbell already has extensive experience with motion-capture in Fox’s rebooted Planet of the Apes series, he’s arguably the perfect person to pull off the role. Furthermore, Kebbell previously said that he would play Doctor Doom again if it was in the MCU, so at least he’s open to the idea of appearing in another superhero movie, especially one under Marvel’s banner.

MAX MAUFF AS NIGHTCRAWLER



There are quite a few things that make Nightcrawler unique compared to all the other mutants in the world: he’s all blue, has a devilish tail, can teleport, and has a German accent. While the first three things can be done with makeup and CGI, the latter characteristic is important for proper representation. In that case, Marvel should cast a German actor like Max Mauff. Mauff has the slim physique needed for Nightcrawler in addition to being German, which should be a vital factor in selecting an actor this time around. Furthermore, he’s already proven his acting abilities in Hollywood productions such as Sense8 and Bridge of Spies, though he only had a limited role in the Steven Spielberg film.

DANILA KOZLOVSKY AS COLOSSUS


Casting Colossus can be tough, especially if a studio is looking to give the character an accurate depiction. Colossus is a Russian mutant that’s closely associated with the X-Men, but he’s been played by a Canadian and a Serbian in Fox’s X-Men films, so perhaps casting an actual Russian actor like Danila Kozlovsky would give the MCU version a boost over the other portrayals. Kozlovsky has already appeared in Hollywood-made films before, such as Vampire Academy, so at least fans know that he’s open to appearing in non-Russian made movies. Plus, he’s physically built for the role, if Marvel would be looking into taking a more practical route.

LYNDSY FONSECA AS ROGUE


Xavier’s School for Gifted Children may not work for everyone, but it’s a place that certainly helped Rogue, someone who started off as a villain but eventually gravitated towards being a superhero. One person that has been mentioned in multiple fan castings over the years has been Lyndsy Fonseca, which makes sense. She not only looks the part but can act it as well, as evidenced by her complex role as Alex in Nikita. While she’s well known for that role, playing Rogue would be a great breakout role for Fonseca in the movie sphere. The only problem is that she already appeared in ABC’s Agent Carter, but Marvel could work around that… somehow.

CHANNING TATUM AS GAMBIT


Channing Tatum has been attached to Fox’s Gambit movie for several years now. The project has gone through multiple directors and production start delays that it’s unclear if it’s actually going to happen anymore, despite still having a 2019 release date. If Tatum never gets to play Gambit in Fox’s X-Men franchise, then he might as well make the jump to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and give the character a try under Marvel Studios’ leadership. He’s got the knowledge and desire to give the character an accurate depiction. Of course, it depends on if Marvel even wants to adapt Gambit’s story.

ELLEN WONG AS JUBILEE



While Jubilee has appeared in the vast majority of X-Men movies so far, her biggest role was in X-Men: Apocalypse and even that was quite limited. So, casting Ellen Wong in the MCU would allow her to really shape the role for general audiences. And fans will already be familiar with Wong due to her part as Knives Chau from Edgar Wright’s adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Based on that role alone, Wong has proven that she can portray the character’s, well, jubilation as well as innocence that comes associated with being one of the youngest characters on the team.

STEPHEN LANG AS CABLE


Out of all the people whose names have been linked to Cable over the years, the best person to actually portray the time-traveling mutant is Stephen Lang. He represents everything that Cable requires in a live-action portrayal. Lang was a fan-favorite to play the character in Deadpool 2 before Josh Brolin’s inevitable casting, so perhaps the second time is the charm? There have been plenty of stories in which actors have vied for a role only to be passed up and then approached for it later on, some of which involve comic book movie roles. If there’s anyone (other than Brolin, of course) that can bring Cable to life in the MCU, it’s Stephen Lang.

KATHRYN NEWTON AS KITTY PRYDE


Although she’s often overlooked, Kitty Pryde is an essential character in the X-Men comics. Actually, she’s perhaps the most relatable mutant out of all those characters, which is why she should be played by actress Kathryn Newton. In addition to looking like Kitty Pryde, Newton has proven with her roles in Supernatural, Big Little Lies, and Halt and Catch Fire that she can play a variety of characters that are still relatable in the overall scheme of things and still command the screen all on her own. That’s not easy for young actors and actresses to do. It’s also worth pointing out that she’s appeared in multiple award-worthy projects over the past few years – and for good reason.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD AS MYSTIQUE

Evan Rachel Wood is starting to become more and more popular as time goes on, and rightfully so. She’s an exceptional actress who doesn’t get enough attention on the big screen – but that could all change if she played Mystique in Marvel’s X-Men films. Rachel Wood has wowed in the movies that she’s appeared in before, but she took her acting skills to a whole new level in HBO’s Westworld. Not only did her portrayal of the host Dolores show that she can take on a leading role but also a role that requires a great deal of mystery and, well, a lack of personality… at times.
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Here's How The X-MEN And FANTASTIC FOUR Could Be Introduced In The Marvel Cinematic Universe

We're a little over a year away from the Fox/Disney deal being completed and with Avengers: Infinity War guaranteed to be a game changer, we're looking at the ways the X-Men and FF could join the MCU.




Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 are going to change the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever but with the Fox/Disney deal unlikely to be completed until next summer, neither one of those is going to bring the Fantastic Four and/or X-Men into the fold. As a result, Thanos snapping his fingers or the Reality Stone being destroyed aren't going to suddenly lead to these characters being introduced.

With that in mind, we're now taking a look at the many different ways the likes of Magneto, The Thing, Wolverine, and Doctor Doom could be introduced to the MCU and the reasons those would and wouldn't work. While there a lot of fan theories about how it might go down, we think we've come up with some suggestions which are both realistic and stand a very good chance of happening one day.

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A Period Piece



Captain Marvel is taking us back to the 1990s to reveal that Iron Man wasn't the first modern-day superhero and we've frequently had flashbacks to various other periods in the MCU (most notably WWII in Captain America: The First Avenger). When it comes to the Fantastic Four, though, the best possible option for these characters could be to have them gain their powers during the 1960s or 70s.

That was a time when space travel was obviously a much bigger deal than it is now (especially as The Avengers will be travelling to the far reaches of space while doing battle with Thanos) and it's fair to say that these occasionally cheesy superheroes would fit in well in that period just as they did in the comics. The franchise could then remain in this time or even follow the team into the cosmos.

Lost In Space



Alternatively, Marvel could bring the Fantastic Four crashing back to Earth after revealing that they've either been lost in space or stuck in a wormhole and what seemed like months for them has been decades for the rest of us. That would leave the team like a fish out of water, thereby giving the franchise a different feel but there's one major problem with this; Reed Richards may be a genius but his 60s era inventions would look laughable compared to today's and he'd no longer seem that smart!

With that in mind, another option is for one of their adventures - perhaps with a character like The Beyonder - being wiped from everyone's memories for reasons which could be made clear during this movie. Unfortunately, both of these options could prove too complicated for your average moviegoer.

They've Always Been There



This would be a hard sell but if handled the right way, it could work. The Fantastic Four operating from within the Baxter Building is feasible as their accident could have easily been kept off the record and The Thing having been hidden indoors for all these years - probably because he wouldn't want to be looked at the same way as The Hulk - would explain how they've managed to stay off the radar.

Bear in mind that the rest of the team look very human so they could have gone about their normal lives and while some fans would probably find fault with the Fantastic Four not helping out against Thanos and other world-ending threats, I'm sure Marvel could come up with an explanation for that. Having them come out of the shadows to finally be superheroes would also be a very cool moment.

As for the X-Men, Professor X's team being hidden absolutely makes sense and a cataclysmic event of some sort which exposes them would obviously kick the door open to their adventures being told.

The Arrival Of The Mutant Gene



Assuming that latter point does happen - and even if it doesn't - the sudden arrival of the Mutant Gene will obviously have lasting ramifications for the MCU which everyone will be forced to sit up and take note of. Marvel could easily reveal that a character like the Scarlet Witch is a mutant and that all Baron Von Strucker did was activate dormant abilities which many people in the world have.

With that in mind, Thanos unleashing the power of the Infinity Gauntlet could have a similar impact on a much larger scale, just like how Terrigen Crystals finding their way into the water explained the sudden emergence of powered individuals in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Some mutants will have had to be around longer than others, though, but mutants popping up all over the place would help explain why the X-Men are needed and goes some way in addressing why we're only seeing them now.

Disaster In New York



I'm not a storyteller by any means but someone like Magneto destroying a huge chunk of New York City or Galactus arriving in the Big Apple to devour the world could lead to the X-Men and Fantastic Four stepping out of the shadows to finally take centre stage. This method would avoid any convoluted explanations for where they've been all these years as it throws them into the deep end and just makes it clear that while they've been out there, it's only now they're having to make their presence felt to us.

While you could argue that the X-Men and Fantastic Four not getting involved with the Chiaturi Invasion or Ultron's attack doesn't make sense, those were relatively contained adventures and just like we never saw what Black Panther and Doctor Strange were up to when those battles were taking place, their absence could be explained by the heroes dealing with threats only they could face.

An Alternate Reality



Fox has dropped the ball on its X-Men Universe in a lot of big ways over the years but the studio has assembled one hell of a cast for its current iteration of the team and it would definitely be a shame to lose the likes of Tye Sheridan, Michael Fassbender, and Nicholas Hoult. So, rather than start over in terms of casting, why not bring their versions of the X-Men over from another reality?

It could be hard to explain but the X-Men arriving in the MCU after their world is destroyed could work, especially if whatever that world-ending threat might be is on its way there too. A lot of complications come with this one but we may need to brace ourselves for the possibility that the X-Men Universe will be kept separate to the MCU (for a while at least) rather than ditch the likes of the Deadpool franchise!

Universes Collide



Marvel's recent Secret Wars event brought together a number of alternate realities, and once all was said and done, characters like Old Man Logan and the no longer scarred Doctor Doom were part of the Marvel Universe proper. A similar story playing out on the big screen could explain the sudden arrival of the Fantastic Four and X-Men in a seamless and quick way which fans would approve of.

By the time the story reaches its close, the versions of characters like Cyclops and Magneto that we're used to seeing could have been totally rebooted and integrated into the MCU in a quick and easy way. Again, there's a risk this could get too complicated but there are definitely ways it could work!

X-Men: First Class...Again



Something we may have to accept when it comes to the arrival of the X-Men is the fact that they'll likely be teenagers. Just like Spider-Man being an adult wouldn't have made sense in the MCU, the team having been around for years might be really hard to explain even with some of the ideas we've put forward here. The question is, will fans embrace younger versions of these characters?

There's no reason why they wouldn't but a lot of fans may end up being disappointed with kid versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey as opposed to their older selves (who are more than capable of holding their own against The Avengers rather than being looked down on as little more the powered up children). However, a teen approach to the X-Men would obviously help Marvel attract a new audience.

Avengers Vs. X-Men



This would very much be a case of throwing the characters straight into the deep end but an Avengers vs. X-Men movie would no doubt break all sorts of records at the box office. Just picture this: Earth's Mightiest Heroes see that the X-Men - who have had to step out of the shadows due to some sort of mutant terrorist-related threat - are causing problems and decide to do something about it.

What follows is a battle between the two sides which culminates with them teaming up to take on that larger threat, regardless of whether it's Magneto, Apocalypse, Onslaught, or any other villain you can think of. This would basically be like Captain America: Civil War all over again and that would be no bad thing, especially as it would be easily marketable and exciting way to introduce the heroes.

"Reboot" The MCU



Whoa, calm down! I'm not suggesting a full-on reboot of the MCU but with Avengers 4 set to wrap up more than a decade of storytelling, there has to be a way for Marvel to push the reset button and change this world in a fundamental way. That way would allow the Fantastic Four and X-Men to be introduced in a way which doesn't require a lengthy explanation and convoluted twists and turns.

Perhaps we could get a "5 Years Later..." title card at the end of Avengers 4 which shows that the Fantastic Four and X-Men now exist without the need for origin stories and the like? I'm not entirely sure how this could work but Marvel has already subtly rebooted The Hulk so they know their stuff!

Use The Villains



One of the biggest complaints about Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four Universes is that they've dropped the ball on the villains again and again. Apocalypse, Galactus, Doctor Doom...the list goes on.

A good start for Marvel would be redeeming these guys even if the Fantastic Four and X-Men aren't part of that at first. Handled the right way, the studio could deal with these baddies before slowly introducing the heroes best known for squaring off with them. Galactus would be a great choice to bring everyone together while the X-Men's arrival could be explained by them hailing from a timeline created by Apocalypse (who's known for making alternate realities through his actions).

We'll just have to wait and see but an argument could be made that the villains have more potential than the heroes because Doctor Doom, for example, could easily be the MCU's new big bad.
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Kevin Feige Addresses The Place Of The X-MEN In The MCU But Says Marvel Isn't (Currently) Working On It

Kevin Feige has weighed in on how the X-Men could fit into the MCU as outsiders when The Avengers are celebrated but notes that Marvel Studios is holding off on developing any projects with the characters.




With the Disney/Fox deal likely to be finalised next summer, the arrival of the X-Men and Fantastic Four is imminent but there are a lot of questions fans have about how the whole thing will work. Bringing mutants into this world at such a late stage won't be easy and one of the biggest challenges is having the X-Men ostracised by the public when Earth's Mightiest Heroes have often been embraced by them.

During a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about how that could work and while he pointed to the past in order to make it clear that it will be something they're able to explain, he also made it clear that it's still a little too soon for them to be making any firm plans.
"You’re right, it’s too far out to talk about whether it will happen of not. We’re not working on it in any way, shape or form. We’ve got five films on the docket we’ve already announced that are taking a big percent of our time. But I will say to your very good question that if you look back to Phase 1 and after “Iron Man” was released and we announced our upcoming films, one of which was “Thor,” people said, “How in the WORLD can you bring in a Norse god who flies with a hammer into the world you’ve established of Tony Stark and Stark Industries?” That was sort of the reason we made the “Thor” film the way we did, was to ease character into a world together, even though they might not understand each other and might have trouble getting along at first, that’s the fun of it. But tonally there’s always a way, and as you said the comics have been navigating it quite well for half a century."
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Kevin Feige Is Waiting On The Phone Call That Will Let Him Bring The X-MEN Into The MCU


Despite some potential complications due to Comcast, Disney is set to earn the rights to Fox's Marvel properties, and Kevin Feige is eager to get his hands on their collection of beloved Marvel characters.

Unless Comcast happens to offer a more appealing deal, it’s likely the merger between Fox and Disney will be completed, and Fox’s Marvel properties will fall under the Marvel Studios umbrella.

Yet, even if Fox doesn’t take Comcast up on its offer, fans will have to wait paitiently, as the regulatory process for the deal with Disney means we won’t be seeing Marvel Studios produce any X-Men or Fantastic Four films any time soon. However, it seems fans hoping to see the Fox properties join the Marvel Cinematic Universe aren't the only ones waiting for the deal to go through.

At the recent Produced by Conference, the president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige discussed the future of the MCU, and revealed he is also waiting for the final word on the multi-billion dollar deal.

“I’m just sitting, waiting for a phone call to say yay or nay,” Kevin Feige explained, before saying, “But obviously it would be nice to have access to that entire library.”

In all, this isn’t a surprising response from the producer that routinely expresses his love for Marvel comics—and who once worked on a few of Fox’s Marvel films. But is his readiness a sign that he already has plans for the characters? Probably not, but we can be sure the producer will develop some ideas for in the future.
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This Should Be the MCU Wolverine Costume After Disney Buys Fox



Wolverine is a major lynchpin of the X-Men franchise, and now that the deal for Disney to acquire 20th Century Fox's assets has been approved by both studios, Wolverine is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! One artist has created some concept art that depicts the perfect Wolverine costume for the MCU:
(Photo: James Holland)(Photo: James Holland)Senior Concept artist James Holland created these outfits for Wolverine according to the following parameters:
  • "Wolverine X-Force/Brown & Gold costume concept.
  • meant to fit into Avengers Cinematic Universe.
  • as if SHIELD created the suit for Wolverine to track Windigo or Hulk.
  • Mask has built in red thermal lens (for tracking at night)"
This concept art fits into a logical framework for how Wolverine could actually be introduced into the MCU. No matter how the universe is retconned to explain the existence of mutants, it would make sense that S.H.I.E.L.D. would be "in the know" about the existence of mutants - especially those in the Weapon X program. Using someone like Wolverine as an asset for tracking down and/or taking out dangerous superpowered individuals is a nice callback to Logan's Marvel Comics debut in Incredible Hulk 180 -181, where he was a Canadian agent sent to track down Hulk, when it was mistakenly believed that Hulk was stalking the Candian wilderness (it was supernatural villain Wendigo). The face is looks conspicuously like Joaquin Phoenix, which is a pretty interesting choice, actually, and the X-Force uniform is included, for Wolvy's darker covert missions and assassinations.




As for the costume? It's a nice combination of an ode to the classic yellow-and-brown Wolverine costume, while also still taking enough of a departure to fit the aesthetic of a a uniform from an official military organization, like S.H.I.E.L.D., and the purpose of covert wilderness tracking. The boots are probably the biggest departure that fans would take issue with - though trying to recreate Wolverine's signature "V" shaped boots onsreen in live-action, probably would look right.


Right now, fans are excited for all the possibilities of new Marvel movies that come with the Fox deal, and Wolverine is no doubt a pivotal character that can fit into more than a few of them - as he does within Marvel Comics. We'll likely start to see more certain angles for how the Fox Marvel Universe will merge with the MCU, once Avengers 4 hits theaters.
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How To Introduce Mutants To The MCU (Without Breaking The Continuity)





Disney's merger with Fox has gained shareholder approval, and - assuming everything goes as planned - it won't be long before the X-Men become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But how can this be done without completely breaking continuity?

In December last year, Disney and Fox finalized a deal that will see the House of Mouse purchase the bulk of Fox's film and TV empire. United States regulators approved it in June, and Disney and Fox shareholders voted in favor of the merger a month later. It's not quite a done deal yet, with overseas regulators still making crucial decisions, including over the fate of Sky Broadcasting. Should these international regulators also sign off on the deal, the two companies will then begin a months-long process that will ultimately see 21st Century Fox become part of Disney.

But, it looks likely, and Disney CEO Bob Iger has already confirmed that he intends the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises to become part of the MCU. However, while the Fantastic Four can be added with relative ease, the X-Men are a far trickier proposition; just how do you incorporate the idea of mutants into this shared cinematic universe? The problem with the shared universe model is that everything affects everything else. If mutants have been part of the MCU all along, why haven't we seen them before now? There's a real risk that Marvel could damage their often-shaky continuity beyond repair. Here, we're going to look at one approach they could take that would avoid that.

THE MCU CAN HAVE THE LATENT MUTANT GENE ACTIVATED


The key to introducing the mutants may lie in the X-Men already in the MCU. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are mutants in the comics, but are so linked to the Avengers Marvel still had the rights to the characters, leading to their introduction in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Peter Maximoff wasn't long for this world, but his sister has become a key part of the shared universe - and clues suggest she may be a retconned mutant.

In Age of Ultron, it's stated Wanda gained her powers after being subjected to the cosmic energy of the Mind Stone. But the new Marvel Visual Dictionary suggests something different. "Whether it altered her or merely unlocked something latent inside Wanda," the Visual Dictionary notes, "the Infinity Stone on Loki's scepter bestowed incredible powers of the mind." The clear implication is that the Mind Stone may have simply triggered something that already lay dormant within her.

In the comics, "latent" mutants are people born with a dormant X-gene. If the X-gene is ever activated, usually by an outside power, their mutation will be triggered and they'll gain access to their abilities. Wanda and her brother Pietro could simply have been the only people exposed to the Mind Stone who had dormant X-genes. Indeed, that would explain why Quicksilver's powers seem so oddly unconnected to the Mind Stone; Strucker's experiments triggered the latent powers that were already there.


Should everything go as planned between Disney and Fox, the path is clear for Marvel Studios to retcon Scarlet Witch as a latent mutant. This could be extrapolated to apply wider: assuming a significant number of people across the globe have a latent X-gene, all it would take is a release of cosmic energy across the planet - perhaps even the destruction of an Infinity Stone or a burst of energy from the Quantum Realm - to activate new mutants worldwide.



THIS IS WHAT THE MCU WOULD HAVE DONE WITH THE INHUMANS

Ironically, this is similar - although not identical - to the approach Marvel Studios would probably have taken with the Inhumans. Marvel planned to release an Inhumans movie before Avengers: Infinity War, one that would presumably have added the Royal Family of Attilan to the ranks of the MCU's big-screen stars. Given Avengers: Infinity War was heavily influenced by Jonathan Hickman's 2013 Infinity event, it's reasonable to assume that the original plan was for Thanos to attack the Inhuman city of Attilan. In the comics, Thanos's attack led to the Terrigen Mist - the source of every Inhuman's mutation - being released into Earth's atmosphere. Exposure to even trace elements of the Terrigen Mist triggered evolution in anyone with an Inhuman gene.

The mutant idea operates in a similar manner, although there would be subtle differences, though. We're proposing a one-off cosmic event of some kind, a release of energy across the globe that triggers latent mutant genes, rather than a cloud that's pulled along by air currents. What's more, with the Inhumans, when the Terrigen was finally removed from the atmosphere all new mutations stopped. In this case, though, we're suggesting a fundamental change to the nature of humanity in the MCU; the activation of an X-gene in the entire human race, one that would never go dormant again. In future, babies would be born with active X-genes, not dormant ones, and their mutations would trigger when they reached puberty - just as in the comics.

HOW THE "MUTANT MENACE" WOULD FIT INTO MCU CONTINUITY

But there's more to the X-Men than the idea of mutants. At its core, the story of the X-Men is of the battle against prejudice and bigotry, with Professor Xavier's team battling to protect a world that hates and fears them; they've been opposed by everything from mutant-hunting robot Sentinels to anti-mutant religious extremists. Comic book readers have always been rather bemused at the fact the X-Men exist in the same world as the Avengers, a super-team who are traditionally celebrated and adored, and whose major arcs rarely deal with the idea of the public fearing them. Can the X-Men and the Avengers coexist on the big screen without similar problems?

Ironically, the overarching direction of the MCU makes it easy to set up the idea of mutants being seen as a potential menace. While the Avengers were indeed celebrated as heroes at first, a series of controversial decisions and horrific tragedies mean the team has rather lost its luster in the eyes of the public. It all started in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, when Steve Rogers brought down S.H.I.E.L.D. - the organization that was supposed to oversee the Avengers. Black Widow then made a show of defiance before a Senate subcommittee, likely gaining a lot of political and media enemies. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, a clash between two Avengers - Iron Man and Hulk - caused a lot of damage in Johannesburg, and probably some loss of life. That was followed up by the tragedy of Sokovia, and public and political mood turned against the Avengers wholesale. By Captain America: Civil War, the world's governments felt secure enough in terms of public support to push the Sokovia Accords upon the Avengers. To say the public are uncomfortable with superhumans would be an understatement.


Given that context, it's not hard to imagine a negative reaction to the sudden, unexpected emergence of mutants. It's important to remember that mutation is uncontrolled, essentially a genetic lottery; where Steve Rogers gained his powers as a result of his good character, and Tony Stark became Iron Man because of his genius, anybody could be a mutant. Worse still, in the scenario we're proposing mutant powers would be spontaneously activated all across the world at once. When mutant powers first manifest, they're raw and uncontrolled, and frequently highly destructive. Given that's the case, it's not hard to imagine the public concluding mutants were a threat. Essentially, the Marvel Studios setup begets mutant fear.



THE PROBLEMS THIS POSES IN ADAPTING THE X-MEN
This theory allows Marvel to seamlessly add the idea of mutants into the MCU, although it has problems when trying to apply classic narratives. The fundamental issue is that there are a number of key mutants whose long, extended history is important to their character arcs and even powers. Apocalypse hails from Ancient Egypt, Magneto's motivation is tied to the horrors he endured during the Holocaust, and Wolverine has a long, confused history that runs all the way back to the 1800s. The very idea that Charles Xavier can serve as a mentor and teacher to young mutants requires him to have had access to his powers for quite a while now.

But there may be a solution. If exposure to the Mind Stone triggered Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver's latent X-genes, it's not out of the question for a small number of mutants have indeed had their powers activated in the past. It's difficult to imagine what energy releases could have triggered Wolverine's powers back in the 1800s, but the comic book version of Apocalypse has always been tied to an alien race known as the Celestials, and perhaps Magneto was subjected to Hydra experiments during World War II (that may also explain his long life). A couple of other mutants could have had their powers activated as a result of exposure to radiation from atomic bomb tests; that may even fit with Charles Xavier, who served in the military for a while. There'd be a certain degree of irony to this, given Stan Lee originally envisioned mutants as the result of increasing radiation levels in Earth's atmosphere. That's why he sometimes called the X-Men the "Children of the Atom."
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Looking to the wider MCU, there's actually circumstantial evidence to support this idea should a retcon happen. According to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the organization maintained a list they referred to as the Gifted Index, that allowed them to keep track of powered individuals. Just the name brought a smile to lovers of the X-Men comics, given Xavier often called his mutant students "gifted." That list could be retconned as including latent mutants whose powers were triggered due to some sort of incident.

What we have here is a deceptively simple solution to the X-Men conundrum in the MCU that deftly maintains the continuity without any need for timeline fudging or a full rewrite. Importantly, any problems with this idea aren't impossible to solve; they just require a little creativity. If Marvel did take this approach, it would allow them to introduce an X-Men team akin to their core concept; a group of young mutants who are suddenly thrown into a world that knows nothing but hate and fear for them.
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Disney CEO Confirms Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige Is Taking Over the X-Men Franchise


With the Disney and 21st Century Fox deal on its way to becoming reality, Disney CEO Bob Iger cleared up a thing or two about the plan moving forward, and it definitely features Kevin Feige in a leadership position.

Iger spoke to THR about a variety of topics related to Disney, and that includes the plan going forward for the 20th Century Fox Marvel properties. Those properties include X-Men and Fantastic Four, and at one point Iger was asked if Marvel would absorb the X-Men franchise and if Feige would be overseeing it.

"I think it only makes sense," Iger said. "I want to be careful here because of what's been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn't be two Marvels."

That was followed up with a proposition of "so Deadpool could become an Avenger?"

"Kevin's got a lot of ideas," Iger said. "I'm not suggesting that's one of them. But who knows?"

Iger also addressed how they plan to integrate all the new talent coming over from 20th Century Fox:

"Very good question. We’re going to take the best people from both companies and that's who's gonna basically be on the playing field for us. Meaning, talent will prevail. Fox Searchlight is a great example. You look at FX, NatGeo. Yeah, you’re buying libraries and brands, but you're also buying the people. I'm not gonna talk about specific people right now except to say that I've met with virtually the entire senior management team at Fox and I'm not only fully engaged with them on what the possibilities for them might be but I'm excited about the prospects."

Odds are we won't actually see most of these changes until well into 2019 and beyond, as the deal isn't even expected to finalize for a while. Still, we can't help but dream of a scene where the X-Men meet the Avengers, and we're sure other fans feel the same way.
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How The X-Men Movies Are Affected By The Disney And Fox Deal, According To Simon Kinberg








Fox's X-Men franchise may be in its whopping 18th year of existence, but the long standing property seems to be in flux at the moment. Fox recently delayed a gaggle of movies including Dark Phoenix, and the pending merger with Disney makes the future all the more unclear. Disney's bid on 20th Century Fox has the potential to bring the X-Men and Deadpool into the Marvel Cinematic Universe proper, finally uniting most Marvel characters in one shared universe. But how will this affect the upcoming movies like The New Mutants? Long standing X-Men producer Simon Kinberg recently addressed just this, saying:


The status [of the deal] I won't speak to because that's above my pay grade, but we're just continuing to make movies that we make and developing movies that we've been developing for years now, like Gambit, or finishing movies like New Mutants and Dark Phoenix and Deadpool, that comes out this Christmas, and others, Multiple Man, other movies we've been working on we continue to work on.

Well, this is interesting. While crossovers and universe-altering change seem like an inevitability, Simon Kinberg and the folks at the X-Men franchise are just continuing the work on previously announced projects. As for the future, your guess is as certain as ours.



Simon Kinberg's comments to Collider are sure to be a relief to the hardcore X-Men fandom, who may be nervous about the current state of the franchise. While everyone's favorite mutants have never been closer to joining the greater MCU, the current slate of movies have seen a fair amount of set backs. Just one day after releasing the trailer for Dark Phoenix, the movie ended up being pushed back a number of months. Also on hold is Channing Tatum's Gambit, and The New Mutantshad previously been delayed after releasing an epic trailer of its own.


But despite these setbacks and the need for extensive reshoots in both Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, 20th Century Fox and the powers that be in X-Men land are still moving forward with its set of future blockbusters. Aside from the projects that are already in the can, Simon Kinberg also maintains that both Gambit and Multiple Man are still in development. Gambit has Channing Tatum attached, and has been pushed back a handful of times already. Multiple Man has been a bit more of a mystery, but James Franco is reportedly playing the lead, in a film that may end up being rated R. We'll just have to see how things continue to develop over at Fox.


The next installment in 20th Century Fox's X-Men franchise is Dark Phoenix, which was recently pushed back to June 7, 2019. In the meantime, check out our 2019 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

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The MCU X-Men May Be Better Starting Off On TV


Nobody knows how the Marvel Cinematic Universe will introduce new versions of the X-Men yet, but the best choice would be through the Disney streaming shows. Assuming everything goes as planned in the Disney/Fox deal, by mid-2019 Marvel Studios will have regained the film rights for the X-Men, so it's inevitable that mutants will soon be joining the ranks of the Avengers and the G
uardians of the Galaxy as heroes in the MCU.

The House of Mouse's $71.3 billion merger will see it absorb the bulk of Fox's TV and movie empire. Both shareholders and US regulators have approved the deal, although it's currently awaiting approval from international regulators. Then, later in the year, Disney will launch the new Disney streaming service, which they intend to compete directly with rivals Amazon and Netflix. Together, these two major business developments give Disney both a wealth of content and digital distribution.


In the event all the pieces fall into place, Disney CEO Bob Iger has already confirmed that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will be overseen by Kevin Feige, bringing both into the MCU. Marvel already has the rights to over 7,000 characters, and that number will increase dramatically. At the same time, Marvel Studios will support Disney by launching a range of new high-budget MCU TV shows. Is it possible that these two new opportunities will be connected, and that Marvel will choose to develop the X-Men as streaming shows ahead of a movie?

THE X-MEN MAY NOT FIT WELL INTO THE MOVIES YET


The fundamental problem for Marvel Studios is that the X-Men may well be a little too big to easily add them into the MCU. The X-Men franchise's core concept has allowed countless comic book writers to exercise their creativity, fashioning mutants from diverse backgrounds and with sometimes incredible powersets. As a result, the X-Men's world includes more characters than possibly any other superhero franchise. The success of X-Men spinoff TV shows like The Gifted and Legion has effectively demonstrated that even D-list characters can become successes. So, while most comic book readers are excited about the addition of the likes of Wolverine, Professor X, and Storm, Marvel Studios will also be considering some of the lesser-known concepts - the Morlocks, perhaps, or X-Statix. It's important to remember that Marvel has a habit of turning relatively unknown franchises into box office hits, as they're attempting next with an Eternals movie, so small characters can't be ruled out.

The last few years of the MCU have seen team-up movies are becoming the norm, which could create a logistical nightmare, with the Russo brothers desperately working out the schedules of a massive range of A-list actors in order to film Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. The addition of the X-Men just makes things worse, especially if Marvel cast major names for lead roles in the superhero team. This is going to be a lot trickier than many X-Men fans think.

X-MEN SHOWS CAN PREP MUTANTS FOR THE BIG SCREEN

Here's where things get quite interesting, though. We recently learned that Marvel Studios is preparing a series of big-budget TV shows to stream on the new Disney app. So far, most attention has focused on the question of which film characters will get their own six-or-eight-episode series after the already reported Loki and Scarlet Witch shows. But these TV series could also work the other way round, introducing characters and concepts ahead of the movies, establishing their existence in the MCU and exploring the underlying concepts ahead of development for the movies. Marvel Studios could potentially use TV shows to lay the foundations for the X-Men in the MCU, ahead of bringing them to the big screen.


Although Disney and Fox are no doubt sharing information in order to begin the process of consolidating their assets, there are lines they can't pass at this stage, not without risking violating antitrust laws. This explains why we shouldn't really expect to see a Marvel Studios X-Men movie until at least 2021 at the earliest. Marvel won't even start pre-production until the Disney/Fox merger is complete. But those restrictions might not apply in the same way to TV shows for the Disney streaming service. Although it's never been officially confirmed, the TV rights to the X-Men appear to at least be partly held by Marvel. That's why FOX Broadcasting and FX Networks needed to strike deals with Marvel TV to produce their own X-Men spinoff TV series. So Marvel Studios may well be able to start work on an X-Men TV show ahead of the merger. It still wouldn't release until fall 2019 at the earliest, though; if only because Disney streaming isn't expected to launch until then.

So not only could Marvel potentially use these TV series to lay the foundations for future X-Men movies, they could also start working on that idea a lot sooner.


WILL SCARLET WITCH BE THE KEY TO ADDING THE X-MEN?
There's some evidence that Marvel Studios is already preparing the way to retconning the X-Men into the MCU. The recently-published Marvel Studios Visual Dictionary hinted that Scarlet Witch's powers may not be derived from the Mind Stone at all - rather, the Mind Stone may have triggered abilities that she already possessed. "Whether it altered her or merely unlocked something latent inside Wanda," the Visual Dictionary noted, "the Infinity Stone on Loki's scepter bestowed incredible powers of the mind." In the comics, "latent" mutants are people born with a dormant X-gene. Their abilities are only triggered when the X-gene is activated by an outside force.


If the Mind Stone triggered Wanda's powers, then it's possible other forces have activated mutants before now. That would allow Marvel Studios to embed a small number of older mutants into the lore of the MCU. They'd just have to be so few in number that they wouldn't previously have caught the world's attention. Once the basics have been established, some sort of cosmic event - say, perhaps, the destruction of an Infinity Stone - could take place in one of the movies that activates latent X-genes across the globe and ups the ante significantly.

WHAT A STREAMING X-MEN TV SHOW WOULD LOOK LIKE

But what would this streaming show look like? The current X-Men spinoff shows have focused on D-list characters and concepts, liberally adapting ideas that will be familiar to only the most committed comic book reader. That's largely because the major X-Men have been saved for the big screen; The Gifted showrunner Matt Nix explained that's why he hasn't explicitly named Magneto in his series, even though the show features Magneto's daughter. "Not to be coy, but we don’t want to stumble into movie territory," he explained. "That said, canonically, Polaris’ father is Polaris’ father."


Unlike Legion and The Gifted, though, the Marvel Studios shows will be closely related to the movies, so much so that they'll all be overseen by Kevin Feige himself. That means there's absolutely no reason they couldn't "stumble into movie territory," and introduce characters who are destined for the big screen. What's more, it's actually quite important that Professor Xavier be one of the first mutants to appear in the MCU; if he's really going to found some sort of "School for Gifted Youngsters," he has to have had years to master his abilities, and to become convinced he can teach other mutants how to do the same. If this show is all about establishing the idea of genetic mutation in the MCU, Xavier would be the perfect man to do the job; he's traditionally viewed as the world's foremost expert in genetic mutation, so lessons at Xavier's school could see the professor explain the pseudo-science behind Marvel's concept of genetic mutation.

In this scenario, then, we're talking a series that focuses in upon Charles Xavier - and thus, presumably, upon his first batch of students. Perhaps Marvel could even choose to take an entirely comic-book-accurate approach, with Xavier successfully locating just five students, enrolling them in his school. We'd then get a series focused upon the adventures of the Original Five - Cyclops, Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel - setting the scene for their big-screen debut. When the inevitable X-Men movie hits a couple of years later, it could see the Original Five joined by other big names like Wolverine and Storm. Future TV shows could go on to develop some of the more exotic and esoteric X-Men characters, allowing Marvel to test which ones resonated with viewers ahead of potential movie ideas. The advantage of this approach is that it would allow Marvel to gradually introduce and develop the idea of mutants in the MCU, ensuring smooth management of what could otherwise easily become a logistical nightmare.

The launch of these new Marvel Studios TV shows is an exciting opportunity for the MCU. Not only does the Disney streaming series allow Marvel to flesh out characters we've already seen in the movies, they also give Feige a chance to prepare the way for ideas he's going to develop further down the road. That could be very useful indeed when it comes to the X-Men.

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Rebooting The X-Men Is Easier For Marvel Than Rebooting Spider-Man





Rebooting the X-Men franchise after almost two decades and more than a dozen movies won't be easy, but it may actually be easier than Marvel Studios' Spider-Man reboot. With Spider-Man, the studio was charged with bringing something fresh to a franchise that had already been rebooted just a few short years ago. There had already been two well-liked versions of Spider-Man - played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield - and Sam Raimi's trilogy delivered moments that have become iconic in Spider-Man history.

Marvel's parent company, Disney, is currently in the midst of hashing out the details of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which will bring all of Fox's Marvel properties back into the family - including the X-Men universe's rogue offspring, Deadpool. As with Raimi's take on Spider-Man, many aspects of the X-Men movie franchise (mostly steered by director Bryan Singer) have become definitive; it's hard to picture anyone other than Patrick Stewart as the older version of Professor Charles Xavier, or anyone other than Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. But while the idea of Marvel discarding the current franchise and starting completely anew within the Marvel Cinematic Universe might seem unthinkable, studio boss Kevin Feige has already proven that he can successfully pull it off.


MARVEL'S REBOOT OF SPIDER-MAN

Spider-Man's first MCU movie, Homecoming, was appropriately titled. The Spider-Man movie rights have been in the hands of Sony Pictures since Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter sold off a slate of character rights (in order to give Marvel Studios a much-needed cash injection) in 1998. Those rights still reside with Sony, but the underwhelming performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spurred the studio to cut a deal with Marvel, so that Peter Parker could come out and play with the Avengers.
There were plenty of pitfalls with this plan, but Marvel approached the latest reboot of Spider-Man in a smart way. First of all, the MCU skipped over retelling Spider-Man's origin story, which had already been shown in detail twice on the big screen. Peter Parker was also aged down, with the then-19 year-old Tom Holland taking on the role and portraying Peter as a high school kid, with all of the enthusiasm and inexperience that goes hand-in-hand with being a teenage superhero. Spider-Man: Homecoming avoided using villains who had been seen in previous movies (it probably wouldn't have been as exciting to watch Spider-Man fight Green Goblin all over again). Finally - and perhaps most importantly - Marvel made good use of the fact that Spider-Man was sharing a movie universe with the rest of the Avengers, introducing the character for the first time in Captain America: Civil War and casting Tony Stark as a mentor figure to young Peter.

WHY BRINGING THE X-MEN INTO THE MCU IS EASIER

Rebooting the X-Men for the MCU does bring with it one additional challenge. Whereas Spider-Man was just one superhero, the X-Men movies include an entire ensemble team and two characters who are largely independent: Wolverine and Deadpool. The latter is further complicated by the fact that Wade Wilson excels when allowed to let loose in an R-rated movie, and Disney is fiercely protective of its family-friendly image. However, whereas Wolverine and Deadpool are currently riding the highs of Logan and Deadpool 2, respectively, the main X-Men series hit a bit of a slump with X-Men: Apocalypse. Unless X-Men: Dark Phoenix dazzles audiences so completely that they can't bear to see the mutant team rebooted, the X-Men franchise is probably in as good a position as it can be for a reboot.
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We're assuming for the moment that the X-Men will get the full reboot treatment, since the mechanics of trying to merge the current X-Men universe with the MCU would be incredibly messy. The X-Men movies are built on a bedrock of alternative history, in which Magneto went to prison for the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and mutants have been a known (and feared) quantity for decades. However, the MCU's X-Men reboot wouldn't necessarily need to include all the same characters from the current line-up. There are literally hundreds of mutants in the pages of Marvel Comics, including major characters who either haven't appeared on the big screen yet, or have been given barely any screen time. Marvel doesn't need to cast a new Cyclops, or a new Jean Grey, or even a new Wolverine - at least, not yet.

We can't yet guess how exactly the MCU will welcome the X-Men into the fold, but what we do know is that it will be as much an opportunity as a challenge. There was plenty of skepticism surrounding Spider-Man's second reboot in a decade, but if Marvel Studios managed to pull that off, the X-Men reboot should be no problem at all.
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Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige Provides Big Update on X-Men and Fantastic Four

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige recently sat down to talk the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Variety’s Kris Tapley on their Playback Podcast. While discussing the recent past in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, Feige also provided a big update on the potential inclusion of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Feige told Tapley it’s possible he and Marvel Studios could begin working on the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in the next six months.

“We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year. The notion of the characters coming back is great. It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters. It’s unusual not to. But in terms of actually thinking about it and actually planning things, we haven’t started that yet.”

The X-Men and Fantastic Four’s film rights had previously been held by Fox, but with the recent acquisition of a number of Fox properties, Disney and Marvel Studios will have access to the X-Men and Fantastic Four again. This means it’s more than likely we will see Wolverine, Cyclops, Magneto, Professor X, Doctor Doom, the Silver Surfer, Galactus, and the Fantastic Four along with many others showing up alongside Thor, Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy very shortly.

While this is great news for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it might not be great news for the actors who are currently portraying the X-Men on the big screen. In fact, Fox is planning on putting out at least two X-Men based films in X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is the continuation of Fox’s most recent team of X-Men to grace the big screen. The team debuted in X-Men: First Class and featured Magneto, Charles Xavier, Mystique, Beast, Banshee, Darwin, and Havok. The team has already gone through a number of changes. The team that will appear in Dark Phoenix consists of Magneto, Professor X, Mystique, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, Nightcrawler, Beast, Quicksilver.

It’s more than likely that if Feige and his team decide to bring the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, they will recast these iconic characters.

However, it’s possible Feige and X-Men producer and the director of Dark Phoenix Simon Kinberg have been working together to bring the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe already.
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