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10 Ways The X-MEN & FANTASTIC FOUR's Arrival In The MCU Will Irrevocably Change The Characters For The Better

It was confirmed today that the X-Men and Fantastic Four (oh, and Deadpool) are all coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we now take a look at all the ways their arrival will benefit the characters.




With the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool all on the way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the world inhabited by The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy is about to change in a huge way. While those characters will never be the same again, neither will those who have, until now, lived in Fox's messy Marvel Universe. It's fair to say that those heroes and villains will be changed for the better!

Disney has semi-confirmed that the Deadpool franchise will remain R-Rated but being surrounded by The Avengers will have a huge impact on Wade Wilson no matter the rating. Throw in the fact that we'll be getting new versions of both the X-Men and Fantastic Four in just a few years time (maybe as soon as 2020) and there are a lot of exciting ways we can expect to see those characters finally done justice.

What you'll find here then are the ten biggest ways the arrival of Fox's Marvel heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will change them forever. However, will all of those alterations be for the best?

Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool Gets To Join The MCU



This would be a game changer and a massive box office draw for Marvel Studios. Disney CEO Bob Iger had suggested that the Deadpool franchise will continue to be R-Rated and a character like this could easily be given the reboot treatment (think The Incredible Hulk) while making a tongue in cheek reference to the fact he's suddenly inhabiting a new universe.

Regardless of whether Deadpool remains R-Rated or heads down the PG-13 route, It's fair to say that the potential for the character - and X-Force - to find success in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is definitely there even if he remains in his own corner of that world the same way he has in the X-Men one. Then again, the prospect of seeing Deadpool teaming up with the likes of Spider-Man and Captain America is tremendously exciting!


Better Costumes



While the end of X-Men: Apocalypse introduced some colourful costumes for the team, they weren't great and a long way off from what we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The costumes worn by the X-Men have always been problematic for fans, of course, and so it will be good to finally see them decked out in designs by concept artists like Andy Park and Ryan Meinerding.

The same thing applies to the Fantastic Four because they're in desperate need of a fresh look on the big screen. Throw in redesigned costumes for the many villains who have been botched over the years (Galactus, Doctor Doom, and Apocalypse instantly spring to mind) and these characters are about to start looking a whole lot better!


Mutants Will Actually Feel Special Again



When X-Men was released in 2000, seeing these mutant characters on the big screen actually felt special but Fox has watered them down over the years by filling schools and prisons full of unknown extras and introducing subpar versions of great heroes and villains.

Regardless of whether the mutant gene is a new occurrence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or they've all been in hiding for years, Kevin Feige has the opportunity to make these characters great again by making them unique and making a big deal out of their presence in this world.

Just imagine Sentinels surrounding the team in New York City made from salvaged Stark tech the government has found? That would be incredible.


Good News For Comic Book And Theme Park Fans



Because Marvel Studios didn't own the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter made it so that both teams would have a diminished presence in the company's comic book universe. That's bound to change now as we'll finally see Marvel put the Inhumans back in the box they belong in and put the spotlight back on some of their greatest heroes.

Plans are already being put in place for the Fantastic Four to return and the days of the X-Men being excluded from big events has to be near an end. As for Disney's theme parks, you can bet your life we'll now start seeing more merchandise featuring the characters hit those and other stores, not to mention various rides and attractions!


Wolverine Joins The Avengers



Hugh Jackman seems reluctant to return to the role of Wolverine regardless of the fact he can now appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but there's no way this character won't be leading the charge when the X-Men hit the MCU! The massive crossover appeal of the hero means well no doubt see him with that team, in his own solo series, and as part of The Avengers.

After all, Marvel isn't going to bring these characters home to isolate them and Wolverine is the perfect candidate to bridge the gap between the two worlds. Some fans probably won't be happy seeing Wolverine once again serve as the focal point of the X-Men but seeing him in his yellow and blue suit standing alongside the rest of The Avengers is the stuff dreams are made of.


It Changes The Marvel Cinematic Universe Forever



Spider-Man swinging into the MCU was definitely a big deal but the arrival of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool will change this world forever. Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters will change how heroes are perceived in this world, while a team like the Fantastic Four showing up to occupy Stark Tower would be unbelievably cool.

Regardless of whether we're talking about Galactus attacking Earth or a terrorist like Magneto making New York City bend to his will, just the villains alone with shake things up in a major way.

It might take a couple of years before all these heroes start crossing paths but when it does happen, we're talking about perhaps the biggest superhero movie of all-time. Just imagine Spider-Man, The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Fantastic Four, and X-Men all standing side by side on the big screen!


No More Stupid Continuity Errors



The X-Men Universe is full of infuriating and confusing continuity errors (which timeline does Logan take place in again?) but thanks to Kevin Feige, those days are over. While some fans believe that Marvel will find a way to make the X-Men movies fit into the MCU, it would be naive to think they'll do anything other than start from scratch. Sure, there might be the odd retcon here and there to explain why we've never heard about the mutants until now (the Fantastic Four can just be introduced as new heroes) but things are about to start running a lot more smoothly with these characters and that's a good thing!

The Fantastic Four We Know And Love



Fox had three chances to get the X-Men right and they f***ed them up (and Doctor Doom) each and every time. They couldn't even get the team's origin story right despite the fact that it's one of the easiest ones to pull off from any comic book ever. Throw in crappy versions of Galactus, the Negative Zone, and more, and it's fair to say this team is in desperate need of redemption.

That's where Marvel comes in! Regardless of whether we get an adventure with the team set in the 1960s or their powers are caused by Thanos' Infinity War, it will be damn near impossible for the ball to be dropped here. Unfortunately, the dismal performance of the 2015 reboot probably means we'll be waiting longer to see this group than the X-Men but you have to believe it's ultimately going to be worth it.


The Heroes Get To Embrace Their Cosmic Roots



Despite the fact that Simon Kinberg has promised to make up for past mistakes with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, it looks set to be a relatively grounded affair with the team journeying into space solely for a quick opening scene. The team has embarked on a number of missions in outer space over the years and you have to believe that's now going to change, especially as it opens the door to Cyclops and company hanging out with the Guardians of the Galaxy!

The Fantastic Four stands the greatest chance of benefitting from heading into outer space, though, as setting the team's adventures in the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe would help differentiate them from previous iterations and opens up a lot of doors not even the Guardians have been able to.


Avengers Vs. X-Men



This has to happen. It might take a decade or could be what first brings the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe but an event movie like this has dollar signs written all over it. It's going to take an awful lot to top Avengers: Infinity War and its sequel so an Avengers vs. X-Men movie (which also includes the Fantastic Four and Guardians) would be huge.

Ever since we learned that The Avengers was going to become a movie, fans have been anxious to see this one become a reality and we're now just years away from that potentially hitting theaters all over the world. The only movie bigger than this would be Avengers vs. Justice League and don't be surprised to see the groundwork laid for this in Phase 4 and beyond.
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How Deadpool’s Creator Feels About Disney Keeping The Character R-Rated







The big news today was the official announcement of the Walt Disney Company and 21st Century Fox, but the future of Deadpool was a major conversation within that story. The foul-mouthed antihero has become phenomenally popular since the launch of his solo movie, but there was great concern that he would no longer be able to remain an R-rated character in the hands of Disney. Concerns were quickly put to rest by studio CEO Bob Iger, and it could be said that few were happier about this than Rob Liefeld:

[Disney CEO] Bob Iger didn't deliver this unprecedented level of historic success for Disney by accident. This man gets it. He understands the culture and more importantly he understands the concerns of the fans. Addressing the Deadpool issue right out of the gate gets high marks and in all honesty, why would they mess with the success that Ryan Reynolds has achieved as Deadpool?


Rob Liefeld, who co-introduced Deadpool to Marvel Comics along with Fabian Nicieza back in 1992, has been very outspoken about the character's place in pop culture, and during an interview with ComicBook.com he expressed happiness about the merger news and the Merc With The Mouth's place within in. A few weeks ago he was critical of the notion, fearing that the potential of Deadpool and the upcoming X-Force wouldn't be seen by Disney, but it seems his fears have been allayed by Bob Iger's comments.


Up until now, Marvel Studios has been a big extension of the Walt Disney Company's family friendly vibe, and Bob Iger went on the record after the successful release of Deadpool saying that the company had no immediate interest in making an R-rated blockbuster. The merger with 21st Century Fox clearly changes the conversation, however, now making the big question more about how these adult-oriented properties can be branded (Bob Iger may want to do some research into the Marvel Max imprint)


No matter what the future holds regarding possible R-rated superhero movies, nobody wants to see a PG-13 Deadpool feature following the success of his 2016 solo hit. Rob Liefeld said as much in his statement about the merger, saying,

The next person I encounter that tells me they want a neutered version of Ryan [Reynolds]' Deadpool will be the first person to express that to me. So smart of Iger to lay that foundation of trust and I for one am so appreciative. It definitely alleviated a concerned Deadpool base.
Release schedules aren't expected to be impacted by the Disney-Fox merger, which means that fans can still expect to see the hotly anticipated and still-untitled Deadpool 2 in theaters on June 1, 2018. Exactly when we'll start to see him merge into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe is a question that doesn't currently have an answer.
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Marvel Execs Excited About Recasting WOLVERINE; How Will Marvel Studios Handle A Larger Slate?

A new report sheds some light on Disney's plans for Wolverine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it sounds like the studio has some surprising ideas in mind for Marvel Studios' ever expanding slate...




The Hollywood Reporter has a very interesting piece up about what Disney and Fox's deal means for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and while much of it is speculative, the trade also shares some intriguing insider information. For starters, they point out that actors like Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence have signed expensive one-off deals to return for next November's X-Men: Dark Phoenix and if Marvel Studios hopes to keep them, it will likely cost them an awful lot more than that.


However, Marvel execs are said to be salivating at the prospect of rebooting and recasting Wolverine and that means James Mangold's planned X-23 spinoff is officially dead. However, sinsiders are expecting more casualities than that, partly because there are already a lot of Marvel Studios movies in the works (Kevin Feige has 22 planned after Avengers 4) and due to Disney having high expectations.

"If Disney is an NFL team, then every movie on the calendar is like a Heisman Trophy winner," says one insider. "This raises the bar of what is a theatrical release." As a result, it's said that the thinking is that future "non-event Marvel content" could wind up on Disney's planned streaming service rather than in theaters. That means we'll be getting Marvel movies in theaters and on Disney's own Netflix!
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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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These Are All The Movie And Television Franchises Disney Has Acquired From 21st Century Fox

It's not just all about Deadpool, the X-Men, and Fantastic Four, you know! Disney now owns a lot of different film and television properties and you can find each and every one of them after the jump...




As you no doubt already know, the deal between Disney and Fox is now 100% official. It might be a while before we get to see any significant changes take place but this is a game changer for Hollywood and makes Disney one of the most powerful companies on the planet. Of course, seeing as the studio is looking to launch a streaming service to rival Netflix, this sort of thing was inevitably going to happen.

While most of us have been focused on the fact that this deal means the X-Men and Fantastic Four will return home to Marvel Studios and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, those characters most definitely aren't the only reason Disney decided to move forward with acquiring 21st Century Fox's many assets.

So, which other film and television franchises do Disney now hold the rights to? More than you probably imagined! From reboots to theme park rides and new merchandise, you'd best believe we'll see these take centre stage over the next few years, while others may be destined for the scrapheap.

Alien



Many fans believe Sir Ridley Scott has run this franchise into the ground after Prometheus and Alien: Covenant but the filmmaker is now planning on putting the focus on androids as opposed to Xenomorphs. Whether or not Disney will give him that opportunity is another matter.

Star Wars: A New Hope



Before today, Disney owned every Star Wars movie besides A New Hope. Now, the entire franchise belongs to the House of Mouse and you'd best believe that's opened the door to us finally getting the original theatrical versions - minus George Lucas' tampering - on DVD and Blu-ray.

24



It was recently revealed that Fox is planning to reboot the 24 franchise with a new female lead in what feels like a pretty desperate attempt to keep the now Jack Bauer-less franchise going even after 24: Legacy failed to resonate with critics and viewers. Maybe now we'll get a movie?

Planet Of The Apes



War for the Planet of the Apes didn't perform quite as well as expected but Matt Reeves' final instalment of this trilogy was nothing short of excellent. There are many ways this franchise could continue but it seems perfectly suited to Disney, especially in regards to their theme parks.

The Simpsons



The Simpsons may be a Fox stalwart but there's no way they're going anywhere. The franchise may not be as popular as it once was but Disney can continue to exploit the characters in terms of merchandise, theme parks, and on the big and small screens for many years to come.

Die Hard



The Die Hard franchise is currently dormant despite talks of a new take being launched with Bruce Willis. Chances are the series will never return to its former glory but there are a lot of mediums it has potential on, particularly television if it were to be handled the right way.

Independence Day



Independence Day: Resurgence was an awful, awful film but that doesn't mean there's not still hope for this franchise. I'm not sure what direction it could be taken in next but it would be a shame to leave it alone for another twenty years so here's hoping Disney has some ideas!

Kingsman



Kingsman: The Golden Circle may not have taken off in the same way as its predecessor but the R-Rated movie was still a hit and talented filmmaker Matthew Vaughn still has plenty ideas for a third instalment. That's no doubt going to happen at some point in the near future.

Family Guy



Family Guy frequently flirts with controversy and that may make the family-friendly Disney uncomfortable. The show is no longer a ratings or critical darling, so this one being wrapped up somewhere down the line probably wouldn't be all that surprising unless changes are made.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer



That's right, Buffy the Vampire Slayer is now a Disney princess! Despite the popularity of the TV series, the franchise has been left alone since it ended but if the studio is looking to crack into a new market - specifically teenage girls - we could see her make her return very soon.

The X-Files



It was recently revealed that The X-Files will return for a second season since making its return to Fox and there's no reason to suspect that Disney would change that. Sure, the franchise probably isn't in its heyday but the revival attracted a decent enough audience.

Avatar



Disney recently opened Avatar Land so you just know they're rubbing their hands in glee at the prospect of keeping all the merchandise money to themselves! Throw in the fact that James Cameron is working on a series of sequels and the studio is very happy right now.

Predator



A new take on the Predator franchise is currently in the works from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and common sense says that if that's a box office hit, we'll be getting a sequel. You just have to hope Disney resists the urge to make another Alien vs. Predator movie!

Ice Age



The Ice Age franchise has arguably outstayed its welcome thanks to all those underwhelming sequels but that doesn't mean Disney Animation can't redeem the property. Handled the right way, an Ice Age reboot stands the chance of sitting alongside some of the studio's best animated efforts.

Wolverine



Yes, Wolverine is part of the X-Men but the character has found great success as a solo star over the years, so it's highly likely that Disney will launch a new PG-13 movie revolving around the clawed mutant at the same time his teammates are given the spotlight in the MCU.

Goosebumps



It was only this week that we learned the Goosebumps sequel has landed a director and while it's possible Disney will want to take things in a slightly different direction, there's absolutely no reason to believe that the family-friendly franchise won't continue for theforseeable future.

And The Rest...



9-1-1
American Dad
American Horror Story
Cocoon
Deadpool

Doctor Dolittle
Empire
Fantastic Four
Fargo
The Fly
Fresh Off the Boat
Futurama
Ghosted
The Gifted
Home Alone
Homeland
The Last Man on Earth
LA to Vegas
Life in Pieces
M*A*S*H
The Mick
Night at the Museum
The Omen
The Orville
The Peanuts Movie
The Resident
Rio
Romancing the Stone
Speechless
Star
This Is Us
X-Men
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These Are All The Marvel Movies And TV Shows Disney Will Probably Cancel After Buying Fox

With the Marvel characters owned by Fox now set to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's obvious that a lot of upcoming projects will never see the light of day. Here are the suspected casualties...




It's going to take around twelve to eighteen months for the Disney/Fox deal to be signed, sealed, and delivered but the signs are currently all pointing to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool all entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That's a very big deal for comic book fans but while Fox's Marvel movies have been divisive, a lot of people are upset that their slate is now going to vanish.

Between film and television, there are an awful lot of projects already either on the way or in various stages of production and while it's going to be business as usual for a while at Fox, most will never see the light of day. What you'll find here then is a look at all of those and what we believe does - or actually doesn't - come next for them. Needless to say, fans of these characters may shed a tear...

Gambit



What a storied production Gambit has had! The movie was supposed to be released in October 2016 but has lost a number of directors and gone through multiple rewrites. Now, Gore Verbinski is expected to take the helm with production kicking off early next year. However, while it's going to be business as usual at Fox for the time being, it's hard to imagine cameras ever rolling on this spinoff.

X-23



The death of Wolverine means we're never going to get a Logan sequel but the popularity of Laura means that tentative plans were being put in place for the spotlight to be put on X-23 in a spinoff. With Fox no doubt reluctant to recast Wolverine (following Hugh Jackman will be no easy feat for any actor), this would have been a great direction to take things in but THR says it's been scrapped!

The Gifted



The show hasn't exactly been a ratings hit for FOX and while Marvel will more than likely want to keep bringing characters from the worlds of the X-Men and Fantastic Four to the small screen, it wouldn't be remotely surprising to see this series brought to a swift end after its first season wraps up.

Doctor Doom



There were a lot of big announcements at this year's Comic-Con but perhaps the most surprising came when Fargo and Legion showrunner Noah Hawley revealed that he's working on a Doctor Doom movie. Villain-led releases have become all the rage in recent years and this one definitely would have had potential thanks to Hawley's involvement. Despite that, it probably won't be missed.

X-Force



Drew Goddard was hired to write and direct X-Force earlier this year and while it sounds like Disney will leave the Deadpool franchise R-Rated, the studio will probably want to put the brakes on any further sequels or spinoffs until they've figured out how to integrate the Merc with the Mouth into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what direction the character will be taken in moving forward.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix 2



There have been rumblings that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be a two-part movie but regardless of whether or not that's the case, you have to believe that Fox was planning to have this franchise continue in some form. The next instalment would probably have jumped ahead to the 2000s but seeing as the next movie has only just entered post-production, we'll be lucky to even see that one hit theaters!

Legion



Disney also nabbed FX when they purchased Fox's assets and while the series from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley has been a critical darling, it never really took off in terms of ratings and despite the fact that a second season is in the works, it would be a shock now to ever see it happen.

Multiple Man



Last month, it was revealed that James Franco is developing an R-Rated Multiple Man movie which may sound bizarre on the surface but clearly has a lot of potential. After all, an actor like Franco bringing various versions of the same mutant to life and acting alongside himself would be a lot of fun but there's no way this is going to be a priority for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios moving forward.

Fantastic Four



While 2015's Fantastic Four reboot was a flop, Fox was determined to keep the franchise alive and that would have involved the next instalment going down a very different route. According to multiple sources, the plan was for this one to take place from the point of view of Franklin and Valeria Richards, a stark contrast to Josh Trank's grim take. However, Marvel Studios will now want to reboot the team.

New Mutants 2 & 3



Josh Boone has made no secret of the fact that he wants to tell the story of the New Mutants over an entire trilogy but the likelihood of him getting the chance to do so seems slim. The movie being a critical and commercial hit could help his cause but we should probably prepare ourselves for never getting the opportunity to see the likes of Magik and Cannonball develop into actual superheroes.

Deadpool Animated Series



This animated series is being developed by Donald Glover and is set to debut next year so there's no reason to think that's going to change. Marvel TV has been heavily involved in its production and its unrelated to the movie so the show won't interfere with Disney's plans for Wade Wilson at all.
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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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With The Disney/Fox Merger Not Expected To Pass Regulations For 12-18 Months, Here's What To Expect

While Disney may have reached an agreement with 21st Century Fox to acquire their film and tv assets last Thursday, it's now been revealed that it could be well over a year before the X-Men join the MCU.




Last weekend, Varietyconfirmed reports that top Democrats on the Senate and House antitrust subcommittees would indeed be holding hearings for The Walt Disney Company's recent proposed acquisition of 21st Century Fox's film and tv studios, cable networks, and regional sports channels.

A hearing date hasn't been scheduled just yet, but an official announcement is expected to happen sooner rather than later. Also, while no one is entirely sure when the regulatory process will be completed, both companies were already expecting it to last somewhere between 12 to 18 months, which is a similar timeframe to the Time Warner & AT&T merger that has been in the works since October 2016. Experts don't expect Disney/Fox to run into the same complications due to the nature of their deal, but there is growing concern about this being a "monopoly moment" since “If it’s approved, this merger could allow Disney to limit what consumers can watch and increase their cable bills. Disney will gain more than 300 channels, 22 regional sports networks, control over Hulu, and a significant portion of Roku.” Despite this, Disney CEO Robert Iger maintains the merger will actually prove to be extremely beneficial to consumers as the House of Mouse continues to build their new streaming service.

During this 12 to 18 month period, it should be business as usual for both Walt Disney Studios and 20th Century Fox as they continue to work on their respective film and television slates while their lawyers work toward getting the deal finalized. However, for comic book movie fans, this means it may be well over a year before the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four actually make their way into the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. Coincidentally, Avengers 4 opens in just under 18 months (17 months to be exact), so if/when the deal does pass regulations, a Phase 4 introduction for some of Marvel's finest seems more probable than not, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Remember, it's not a matter of if the deal will get approved - it will - it's about when. Disney currently has no say in Fox's operations and cannot interfere while the deal is under review, so Fox will continue to operate as a full-fledged studio. They will get several movies, including at least two, maybe three, X-Men movies, into production before the end of 2018 and as long as that happens, they'll be released in 2019/2020.

Now, while there's certainly a possibility that the deal will pass regulators long before the end of the 2018 calendar year with little interference, assuming that it does end up taking some time, here's a list of everything we can (probably) still expect to see happen between now and the end of 2019.

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The New Mutants



We've already received a teaser trailer and poster for this long-gestating spinoff, so unless something completely out of the ordinary happens, then expect to see The New Mutants make their debut in theaters this coming April.

Deadpool 2 (Deadpool: The Second Coming?)



Just like The New Mutants before it, David Leitch's Deadpool 2, which may be titled Deadpool: The Second Coming, is pretty much ready to go and with the marketing campaign already starting to pick up some steam, it'd be a complete shocker if something were to happen to derail this film's release, so get ready for more Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) this June.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix



As far as comic book movies go, X-Men: Dark Phoenix had one of the quietest productions we've ever seen, wrapping filming on-schedule over the summer with very little fanfare. Now, while having first-time director Simon Kinberg at the helm may be cause for concern, the early word from the cast and crew has been pretty good with many seemingly preferring his vision and style over X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer.

We're almost definitely going to see this one in theaters next Fall and unless the rumored sequel does go into production during the first half of 2018, it may ultimately prove to be the final core X-Men film. If the deal does become final before the end of the year, it wouldn't be entirely surprising if this film was altered ever so slightly to make some sort of segue into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although that's probably a longshot at best.

Legion (Season 2 and beyond)



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was the first small-screen collaboration between 20th Century Fox and Marvel Television (Disney) and thanks to Noah Hawley's involvement, it turned into one of the best shows of 2017 as well. The series has already been renewed for a second season, which is currently filming, so expect to see a lot more of Dan Stevens' brilliant portrayal of David Haller next year.

As for Season 3 and beyond, an early renewal isn't out of the question when the show returns in the Spring and with FX Networks and its respective catalog being a big factor in Disney's decision to pursue this deal in the first place, it's more likely than not that they'll want to keep one of the network's most successful shows on the air for years to come.

The Gifted (Season 2 and beyond)



While it's a little concerning that FOX has yet to extend and/or renew their hit X-Men drama, we should still expect a second season announcement when the freshman season wraps up at the top of next year. The ratings and critical reception have both been pretty solid and should warrant a renewal. Also, considering that The Gifted - just like Legion - is co-produced by Marvel Television, there's probably a good chance that Disney will want to keep the series on-air once they finish their acquisition of FOX TV.

Gambit



Whether you want to believe it or not, Gambit is happening and it was just recently confirmed that production will commence in March with a release date set for Valentine's Day 2019. Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean) is directing with Channing Tatum (Logan Lucky) & Lizzy Caplan (The Interview) set to star. Plot details remain under wraps, but it has been described on multiple occasions as a "sexy, heist thriller," which should make it another interesting adult-oriented entry in the X-Men cinematic universe, following Deadpool and Logan.

The future, however, remains murky as the film may ultimately prove to just be a fun one-off that's erased from continuity when the X-Men do join the Marvel Cinematic Universe - unless, of course, Feige has plans to actually merge the two universes rather than reboot.

X-Force



With the upcoming arrival of Deadpool 2, fans have never been closer to the long-rumored X-Force movie, but now that the House of Mouse has entered the picture, 20th Century Fox's entire R-rated Marvel movie slate has been thrown into a state of flux. However, despite all that, there's still a decent chance we get to see X-Force go into production sooner rather than later.

Back in October, Josh Brolin (Avengers: Infinity War), who signed a four-picture deal to play Cable, revealed that he expected to begin filming X-Force at some point in 2018, strongly suggesting that it would likely start principal photography around the same time Deadpool 2 hit theaters and also after director Drew Goddard wrapped his upcoming thriller Bad Times at the El Royale, which is slated to begin filming in January. Based on this information, it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that, if the plan is for X-Force to begin production in Summer 2018, it could then occupy the June 7, 2019 date that has already been booked for a Marvel/Fox film.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix - Part 2



This is arguably the biggest wildcard on Fox's upcoming Marvel slate as while it hasn't necessarily been confirmed by anyone at the studio, Psylocke actress Olivia Munn and members of the crew have both inadvertently revealed that they are expected back in Montreal during the first quarter of 2018. Also, it is just a little coincidental that 20th Century Fox has already slated an Untitled X-Men Film for November 22, 2019 - exactly one year after X-Men: Dark Phoenix hits theaters.

If this film does happen, then it may actually serve as a definitive finale for the X-Men film franchise before their introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, although there are other possibilites on the table as well. One of these possibilities - and I'm just speculating here - is that a potential Dark Phoenix sequel could actually serve as the bridge between the MCU and the X-Men since it will have likely completed filming before the deal passed regulations, but probably won't release till long after the ink was dry. Also, with Logan, Legion, and The Gifted all strongly hinting toward something horrible happening to the X-Men between 1992 and 2017, it wouldn't be too hard for the collective Marvel Studios braintrust to work that into the mutants' inevitable introduction in the MCU as they could have disappeared long before The Avengers came to be.

Regardless, this film remains a big question mark, but if it does ultimately end up happening, then I'd expect it to be the last core X-Men film produced and distributed solely by 20th Century Fox. This means we'll probably see Wolverine and company join their Marvel brethren in the MCU at some point in 2020, if not sooner.

Multiple Man



A movie centered on James Madrox, a.k.a. Multiple Man, was probably not very high on anyone's wishlist, but with top-level talent like the Academy Award-nominated James Franco (Spider-Man) attached, it could very well be another very interesting addition to 20th Century Fox's R-rated Marvel catalog.

Last we heard, Wonder Woman screenwriter Allan Heinberg was penning the script, so if he gets his draft turned in relatively soon, there's an outside shot that we could actually see this movie go into production before the end of next year.

Deadpool: The Animated Series



Marvel Television and FX Productions jointly announced this project in May and it's already been confirmed for a 10-episode first season in 2018, so there's a very good chance that fans will definitely see this on their small-screens at some point in the new year.

Plus, it has Golden Globe-winner Donald Glover (Atlanta) onboard as a co-showrunner with his brother, which is more than enough reason to give the show a chance.

X-23



After Dafne Keen's incredible performance in Logan, an X-23 solo feature jumped to the top of many wishlists and fans were delighted to learn this past October that director James Mangold had already begun developing a script alongside X-23 creator Craig Kyle. Producer Simon Kinberg even revealed that there were plans to introduce her in future X-Men movies as the obvious successor to Hugh Jackman's iconic Wolverine.

However, now that Jackman is retired and Wolverine is on the verge of being recast for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's uncertain what will become of this project. Her introduction to the MCU wouldn't have the same impact without Jackman's Wolverine, unless, of course, there's some major retconning and/or Cable-related time travel involved.

New Mutants 2 (& 3)



While we'll definitely see The New Mutants in April, it's a little unclear what will happen to the expected second and third chapters in Josh Boone's planned superhero horror trilogy.

If the first one is a runaway critical and commercial success, then it wouldn't be a stretch to assume that Marvel Studios would try to incorporate New Mutants 2 & 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but then again, there's no guarantee that will happen.

Kingsman 3



This isn't a Marvel movie, meaning it doesn't have to fit into any larger universe, so there's really no reason why it won't happen. Both director Matthew Vaughn and star Taron Egerton have already expressed interest in doing a trilogy capper and recent reports have even suggested that Vaughn may have already begun planning it. However, if Vaughn lands the Man of Steel 2 job, it's uncertain which project would take priority.

Also, they still need to find a relatively logical way to resurrect Roxy (Sophie Cookson), a.k.a. Lancelot, so that should be more than enough reason to do a sequel.

As for the rumored Statesman spinoff(s), we may need to pump the brakes on those for now.

Avatar 2 & 3 (and maybe 4 & 5)



James Cameron is currently filming Avatar 2 and is expected to film its three sequels in succession over the course of the next several years, but by the time of release in 2020, 2021, 2024, and 2025, respectively, the films will almost definitely be released under the Disney banner.

Bob Iger did specifically namedrop the franchise as one he was excited to acquire, so it's probable that they'll continue to let Cameron do his thing, but then again, if audiences don't take to Avatar 2 and 3, there's no guarantee what would happen to the final two chapters.

Doctor Doom



This was arguably one of the most exciting developments to come out of San Diego Comic-Con this year as we learned that Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley was working on a Doctor Doom solo feature, which he planned to direct.

Since it is probably in the very early stages of development, this project could unfortunately be one of the casualties when Disney completes the acquisition, although it could also serve as the potential introduction of the Fantastic Four - or, at least, Doctor Doom - to the Marvel Cinematic Universe if Feige were to get creative with his solo features.

Alien: Covenant 2 (Alien: Awakening?)



While there's plenty of reason to believe that this sequel won't happen, especially after Alien: Covenant's disappointing box office, director Ridley Scott has seemed fairly undeterred about a sequel. He even recently came out during the All the Money in the World press tour and pretty much confirmed that he was making another one, but we have yet to hear any further updates, save for the fact that Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride are expected to reprise their roles.

To add fuel to the fire, our friends over at Omega Underground recently uncovered a Summer 2018 production start date for a film titled Alien: Awakening, but it's unclear whether the studio plans on sticking to that schedule.

Alpha Flight



As far as we know, an Alpha Flight movie is a long ways away and despite a clever Easter Egg spotted in some Deadpool 2 set photos, it's highly unlikely we see this film go into production before the X-Men franchise heads over to Marvel Studios.

Exiles



Same deal for Exiles. It's increasingly unlikely we see this project see the light of day. Also, with The Gifted essentially introducing Polaris (Emma Dumont), Blink (Jamie Chung), Thunderbird (Blair Redford), and Eclipse (Sean Teale) as their own version of the Exiles, it'd be a shocker if we see the superhero team on the big screen anytime soon unless Feige has plans for several different team-up movies in Phase 4 and beyond.

Fantastic Four (Reboot)



Yeah, it's doubtful 20th Century Fox takes another crack at the Richards family before the acquision is completed, so might as well just start looking ahead to their long-awaited introduction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Oh and get ready for Silver Surfer, Kang the Conquerer, Galactus, and more to join them!

Deadpool 3



In a surprising reveal, Disney CEO Bob Iger shared that he was very open to keeping Deadpool and his shenanigans R-rated in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so if he stays true to his word, it's very possible that we see Ryan Reynolds continue to reprise his role under the Disney banner for a third installment in his blockbuster franchise.

We'll just have to wait and see though.
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Disney’s $66bn deal to buy Fox offers the prospect of Wolverine and Deadpool meeting Spider-Man and the Avengers. But be careful what you wish for …







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When it comes to flawed big screen superheroes, Marvel has always been top dog. There’s Iron Man, the billionaire, genius and philanthropist who nevertheless struggles in his private life (and once almost accidentally caused the destruction of humankind with his techie meddling). There’s Spider-Man, the young hero who seems to find defeating bad guys a whole lot easier than negotiating the complexities of teenage life in the Big Apple. And there’s Thor, whose original concept of heroism clashed so badly with that if his dad Odin that he was cast out of Asgard for being a pompous gasbag.

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Mistakes, for Earth’s mightiest heroes, seem to come with the territory. And yet ever since Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark first climbed into his shiny red suit almost a decade ago now, the studio behind the Avengers has refused to make any major blunders of its own. Apart from the odd early gaffe (The Incredible Hulk) and mid-period folly (Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man) Marvel has pursued the task of creating a credible universe for its superheroes with a remarkable knack for mostly getting it right. Even the dimmer instalments failed to knock the wider galaxy of shiny superstars off course, largely because Marvel always seems to have something bigger and brighter waiting to be released. Thor 2 was followed into multiplexes by the double whammy of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy, while Ant-Man segued smoothly into the hard-hitting superhero smack down of Captain America: Civil War and the mesmerising comic-book head movie known as Doctor Strange.
Like a football manager who effortlessly integrates his latest £100m signing into an established team of champions, Marvel supremo Kevin Feige has gently introduced new heroes such as Strange and Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to the ranks of the Avengers without risking the overall balance of the team. The key has been meticulous planning and a refusal to rush movies into production, two basic rules of engagement that rival DC has singularly failed to follow (and reaped the consequences).

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James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Photograph: Allstar/20th Century Fox But there’s an argument that Feige et al face their greatest challenge yet following Disney’s $66bn purchase of 20th Century Fox last month, which brought the X-Men under the same big-screen banner as the Avengers (just as they are in the comics) for the first time in the modern era, and presumably means there is nothing to stop Disney-owned Marvel from incorporating Fox’s legions of mutant superheroes into the wider MCU.

The clamour for Wolverine, Deadpool and co to appear in Marvel films has already begun. But Feige would be wise to continue the softly softly approach that has served him so well. Because the X-verse, such as it is, has the potential to ruin all the hard work Marvel has put into the MCU up until now if it is not integrated properly.
Whereas Marvel has been set up from the beginning as a unified space for its heroes to have adventures in, Fox has approached its rights to the X-Men in a far more muddled way. While the main X-Men series all sit together on the same timeline, movies such as Logan and Deadpool are far less conclusively part of the same universe, to the extent that different actors (Tómas Lemarquis and Stephen Merchant) played mutant Caliban in X-Men: Apocalypse and Logan, even though the two films were released just nine months apart.
Fox currently has X-Men movies Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, Dark Phoenix, Gambit, X-Force and the James Franco-starrer Multiple Man on its slate. Of these, only Deadpool 2 and X-Force are likely to boast the kind of joined up thinking that is a cast iron requirement for inclusion in the MCU. The New Mutants does not even fit the same genre as its stablemates. Josh Boone’s tale of four young people with nascent powers who have been trapped in a mysterious facility by unknown forces is largely being pitched as a horror movie, so the integration of its core characters into the reasonably cheery MCU appears unlikely.

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Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool. Photograph: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock There are Fox superheroes who could be seamlessly integrated, of course. Deadpool has often had an amusing man-crush on Spider-Man in the comics, and Marvel has even begun to borrow the zany, meta-fuelled style of Tim Miller’s 2016 movie for its own entries. (Thor: Ragnarok is a case in point) Wolverine, with Hugh Jackman having finally hung up his adamantium claws, looks ripe for a Spidey-style reboot within the Marvel fold, and an MCU-led reinvention of the core X-Men (Professor X, Magneto, Jean Grey, Storm etc) would certainly be something to see. Yet what would happen to the actors playing these characters, currently stuck in the 1990s? James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender have occasionally done sterling work as Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr respectively, but would presumably have to be aged up were they to suddenly turn up in the modern day MCU. Perhaps Doctor Strange could somehow pop back in time and rescue them from their current purgatory, some time after next year’s Dark Phoenix?

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But what would happen to the superheroes who don’t fit snugly into the MCU? Would they continue to plough their own furrows? Would Disney-Fox simply draw a line under their big-screen adventures and reboot? This might be a pity, particularly in the case of offbeat curios such as Multiple Man and James Mangold’s mooted Logan spin-off about Dafne Keen’s X-23. Neither seems likely to survive a Disney-led cull, should it prove to be in the offing.
Marvel has its own problems to override as it approaches a second decade of the MCU. With Captain Marvel and Black Panther – both potentially totemic figures – due to get their own standalone movies in 2018 and 2019, it could be 2020 before the studio has the chance to begin integrating the X-Men into its wider world of superheroes. Feige has hinted he is not even certain that the universe will continue to exist in its current form, which suggests that the events of this year’s Avengers: Infinity War and its 2019 sequel could be so monumental as to throw doubt on everything Marvel has so far given us.
Does the studio really need the added complication of being forced to add the X-Men into the mix? On the other hand, might integrating Marvel Comics’ mutants prove to be the fresh injection of energy that the MCU needs to keep it thriving well into the 2020s?
One thing’s for sure, Feige and his team can’t afford to start making major blunders this late in the game. The future of the world might not be at stake, as it usually is when Tony Stark and his pals drop the baton, but the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly could be.
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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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Disney's Acquisition Of Fox May Not Be A Done Deal - A New Report Indicates That Comcast May Top Their Bid We had been led to believe that Disney's official acquisition of 21st Century Fox's assets was now just a formality, however, a new report from CNBC suggests that Comcast is very much still in the picture.




Our last update on the massive Disney/Fox deal that still has everyone talking strongly indicated that the House of Mouse had come out on top and that it was only a matter of time before the acquisition was made official.

Well, it seems Comcast may have thrown a spanner in the works before anyone could sign on the dotted line.

A new report by
CNBC claims that negotiations are technically still open, and that their own parent company, Comcast, is considering topping Disney's $52.4 billion offer.

Apparently, Rupert Murdock had considered Disney to be the safer option because a partnership with Comcast would have a harder time passing government regulation. That deal would be viewed as being very similar to At&T's attempted acquisition of Time Warner which has faced strong government opposition. But, should AT&T be allowed to buy Time Warner, Fox could well consider Comcast's offer if they do indeed outbid Disney.

There are clearly a lot of variables at play here, but if this report is accurate, we should probably hold off on those united MCU parties for a little while!
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Disney CEO Bob Iger Provides Update On Fox Acquisition




Disney and 21st Century Fox made waves last year with their landmark deal, and now Disney's CEO has given fans an update.
Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke to investors on the Quarter 1 earnings call, where he addressed the acquisition of 20th Century Fox (among other properties), how the deal is progressing, and what the next steps are.



"Thanks, Low, and good afternoon, everyone," Iger said. "Before we discuss the quarter and other developments across the company, a quick update about our recently announced acquisition. The regulatory process has begun in numerous jurisdictions across the world. And I spent the last several weeks meeting with a number of business leaders at Fox, gaining insight that will be invaluable when it comes to integrating our organizations once we have regulatory approval."
Those regulatory processes that Iger is referring to could allow other companies to place a bid on the assets from 21st Century Fox, with the most recent rumor indicated Comcast might want to get into the mix.


After that hurdle is cleared, Iger is excited not only about the new content but the teams and talent that are coming with those projects and IP.
"After these discussions, I'm even more enthusiastic about the businesses we're acquiring and the management teams that are leading them. As we said, when we announced this deal, there are three primary strategic priorities fulfilled by this acquisition. It will deliver more content and the production capabilities and talent to produce even more. It will enhance our direct-to-consumer initiatives with platforms, technologies, brands and existing customer relationships to build on. And it will greatly diversify our businesses geographically. All three of these elements sync up perfectly with our own core strategies, and all three are designed to create growth in a very dynamic global marketplace."
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Not So Fast, Disney: Could a Comcast/Fox Deal Derail Their Acquisition Plans? [Updated]




Update: A report from The Wall Street Journal confirms that Comcast is considering making another bid for Fox, after its initial bid was rejected by the company. Comcast’s original bid, which was in the low $60 billion range, was reportedly higher than Disney’s by 15% but Fox turned it down over antitrust concerns. Our original story continues below.
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The Walt Disney Company finalized its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets back in December, but the Mouse House still has to wait on governmental regulatory approval before the deal actually goes through. In the meantime, everyone at both companies is in limbo, watching and waiting to see what happens.
Now another contender has emerged: a new report suggests that Comcast, the parent company of Universal Pictures and NBC, could swoop in and top Disney’s $66.1 billion bid for the Fox assets that are on the table. That includes the 20th Century Fox film studio (and its library of movies), Fox Searchlight, FX Network, and more. Read about the potential Comcast Fox deal below.
Multiple sources have told CNBC that Comcast might consider outbidding Disney if the situation calls for it, backing up claims we wrote about months ago. Essentially, the entire industry is waiting to see what happens with AT&T’s $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, which was blocked by the Justice Department and now awaits a court’s judgment of its legality. It’s a decision that will have ripple effects throughout multiple media platforms, and could set the tone for further media company acquisitions to come.
To clarify, Comcast hasn’t officially put in a bid yet. But according to CNBC, Comcast executives told Fox owner Rupert Murdoch that they were willing to pay “significantly more” than Disney for the Fox assets that are up for grabs. The outlet is reporting that Disney is already preparing to receive this higher bid and are “considering responses” if that were to actually happen.

What Happens if Comcast Acquires Fox?

Comcast acquiring Fox would still be a major acquisition and carry with it the same overall negative effects of a Disney/Fox deal: it would result in one less place for filmmakers to go to sell their vision for a film, and that’s bad news for the industry at large. For comic book movie fans, it’d mean that Disney would not be able to bring Deadpool, the X-Men, or the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe unless individual deals were struck with those rights holders. (That’s unlikely but not impossible, considering what happened with Spider-Man.)
But what about Universal’s comic book properties? What’s the crossover potential there? Well, Universal doesn’t really own many comic book properties at the moment (the Incredible Hulk’s standalone rights are still tied up with them), so the closest thing we’d get is the X-Men meeting the characters from the Unbreakable universe. That doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as Professor Xavier and pals meeting up with Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Spidey.

What About Streaming?

The comic book stuff is fun to speculate about, but I’m more interested in the future of Hulu. If Disney buys Fox, they’ll become the majority owner of Hulu – which we always thought was a bit strange, considering Disney’s announcement that they’re planning to launch their own proprietary streaming service in 2019. In the past, we’ve wondered if Disney plans to utilize Hulu’s R&D to create a new interface for their new streaming service. But if that deal doesn’t go through, then it seems like Hulu would still be a viable outlet for storytellers to produce content that may be objectionable in the family-friendly eyes of Disney.

Who Might Disney Buy Instead?

But it’s clear Disney is in a buying mood, so there are still a few other options out there for them if the company doesn’t end up acquiring Fox. Sony has been struggling to find its identity as a film studio ever since they were hacked back in 2014, so I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to see Disney try to make a play for the Culver City studio. Paramount has also been relatively quiet lately (they’re looking to launch a new young adult movie franchise to stay in the hunt for box office supremacy), so Disney may decide to set its sights on that studio as well.
We simply aren’t sure how this is going to shake out at this stage. But it’s interesting that things may not be quite as finalized as we all originally thought. It should be fascinating to see if there are any other players that enter the fray before the ink is dried on these acquisition contracts and the regulatory bodies make their final decisions.
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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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