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What Are The Pros And Cons Of The X-MEN And FANTASTIC FOUR Joining The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

With the signs all pointing to the X-Men and Fantastic Four arriving in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we take a look at the pros and cons of those characters moving from Fox to Disney by coming "home."




As you no doubt already know, Disney is closing in on a deal with 21st Century Fox which will see them acquire the company's film and television assets for a whopping $60 million. This is a game-changing deal and one which in some ways monopolises Hollywood as the House of Mouse will be in control of franchises like Avatar, Alien, Planet of the Apes, and TV shows like The Simpsons and Family Guy.

For comic book fans, the most exciting part of this deal is the fact that this deal will bring the Fantastic Four and X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a process which will probably take a while but obviously means we'll be bidding farewell to a lot of movies and can expect big changes in Phase 4.

Focusing on the Marvel side of things, is this really what's best for both the characters owned by Fox and those that inhabit the MCU? Here, we take a look at the pros and cons of this deal going down - it could happen as soon as next week - and attempt to figure out where we can expect things to next...

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Con: We'll Probably Say Goodbye To Deadpool



Deadpool may have been a huge success but Marvel Studios won't be releasing an R-Rated movie any time soon and that means the Merc with the Mouth is either being shelved or that a new PG-13 version will enter the MCU. Ryan Reynolds could remain in the role (the character is probbly meta enough to acknowledge his place in a new world) but he may not want to play a watered down version of Wade Wilson, so chances are Deadpool 3 and X-Force will never actually come to fruition.

After all, having Josh Brolin play Thanos and then appear as Cable in the MCU could be too messy!

Pro: The Fantastic Four Find Redemption



There are a myriad of ways Marvel Studios could tackle the Fantastic Four. They could retell the origin story of the team with a more comic book accurate take on that (something lacking from Fox's efforts) or even take things in a very different direction by setting this tale in the 1960s, having the team go missing in space and focus on their cosmic adventures. Hell, they could even return to Earth and become the MCU's first superhero team, filling in some big gaps in this shared universe's history!

Chances are they won't be Disney's first priority after what happened back in 2015 but this is one franchise which can still find redemption and there's no one better than Kevin Feige to ensure that's the case.

Pro: Mutants In The MCU



Whatever happens, the X-Men franchise is being rebooted and the current iteration of the team is going bye bye. Having them exist in an alternate universe (like The Flash and Supergirl on The CW) simply wouldn't work and aside from Jennifer Lawrence and maybe Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, there's no longer anyone left in the franchise who would make a "crossover" a major draw.

If Hugh Jackman was still around, it could work but he's not so that's a moot point. The mutant gene springing up in the MCU wouldn't be a hard sell by any means - it's what happened in the comic books - and fresh versions of these characters showing up gives Marvel new tales to tell well beyond the release of Avengers 4, 5, and 6! Just imagine actual Sentinels hovering by Avengers Tower!

Con: The MCU Becomes Unrecognisable



As cool as it will be seeing the Fantastic Four and X-Men in the MCU, that also runs the risk of making this shared universe completely unrecognisable. Is it possible those teams showing up will overshadow Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Guardians? It's feasible but providing Marvel doesn't just forget about the likes of Captain America and Iron Man, we may get some dream scenarios as Wolverine joins The Avengers, Spider-Man hangs out with the Human Torch, and Thor meets Silver Surfer!

All of those are things I certainly never expected to see in my lifetime and the fact that there will be kids growing up seeing that come to fruition will be nothing short of amazing for them.

Pro: Disney Theme Parks Will Be Even Cooler



Characters from the Marvel Universe have slowly been finding their way into Disney's theme parks for years now but this change means we can expect to see the likes of the Fantastic Four and X-Men joining The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, something which will fundamentally change these theme parks in a significant and memorable way. Who else is already psyched for Marvel Land?

Con: The Loss Of Some Potentially Great Movies



Should this deal take place, we'll probably still end up seeing X-Men: Dark Phoenix but anything beyond that should probably be forgotten about. That means no Fantastic Four movie from the perspective of the kids, no Doctor Doom, no X-Force, no sequel to The New Mutants, and no Multiple Man and Gambit (I'm probably even forgetting some). While it's probably worth losing those to see these franchises brought home to the MCU, we are potentially losing what might have been great movies.

At the end of the day, Feige knows how to make fans happy so as long as he's spearheading this, we're safe.

Pro: A Plethora Of New Villains



The Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't exactly running out of villains but they've certainly made their way through most of the big names over the past decade. The X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises are full of great bad guys, though, including Apocalypse, Galactus, Annihilus, the Super-Skrull, Magneto, and far too many others to mention. All of these characters could move into other movies - Galactus and the Silver Surfer battling The Avengers, for example - and that's very exciting indeed.

Con: The End Of R-Rated Superhero Movies



I already touched on this while talking about Deadpool but if Disney does own the Fantastic Four and X-Men, that probably means no more R-Rated superhero movies. Ever. While we still get independent offerings like Kingsman and whatever's happening with Judge Dredd, Sony is unlikely to commit to too many R-Rated movies as that studio's focus seems to be more on launching profitable new franchises. Logan and Deadpool changed the game with what they delivered but that might be short-lived.

Then again, the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Thor: Ragnarok prove that superhero movies don't need an R-Rating to give them a boost, so perhaps all we'll lose is blood and swearing!

Pro: An Even Larger Marvel Cosmic Universe



Marvel Studios is looking to James Gunn to expand the cosmic side of the MCU but the acquisition of these franchises ensures it will be bigger than ever before. Galactus and Silver Surfer alone are game changers, while Annihilation taking place could lead to an entirely separate series of event movies running parallel to what's happening with The Avengers.

From alien races to supporting characters and villains, Marvel can mine the worlds of the Fantastic Four and X-Men for years even if they were to decide to leave those heroes gathering dust! The story possibilities are insane and that's definitely a good reason to be excited as a fan.

Con: This Might Kill The DC Films Universe



With The Avengers, X-Men, Fantastic Four, AND Spider-Man all in one world, Warner Bros. may just give up on even trying to compete, especially if their recent struggles are any indication.

I hope this one isn't the case but it could happen and that lack of competition might be bad for Marvel Studios in the long run. Then again, they've managed well this far with no real sort of rival!
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Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is “Eager” to Have ‘X-Men’ in the MCU




As rumors abound about Disney buying Fox, there’s one question on everyone’s mind: how many people are going to get laid off due to this deal?
Also: does this mean that Fox’s Marvel properties will find their way into the MCU? Fox owns the rights to the X-Men, a fact that no doubt sticks in the craw of many a MCU purist. If this deal happens, would theX-Men be able to be part of the MCU? Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige certainly hopes so. Below, Feige reveals how eager he is to have the X-Men in the MCU.

By now, you’ve likely heard about the possible Disney-Fox deal that could very possibly unite Fox’s Marvel properties with Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe. So has Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who recently said he’s “eager” to bring together Fox’s X-Men with the MCU, at least according to a new report from Deadline. Per the Deadline story, Kevin Feige is “eager to get his hands on the X-Men universe…and cross-pollinate the rich swarm of characters with the existing Marvel franchise heroes who show up in each other’s films.” Which means Feige and those he works with have likely been discussing plans to turn this into a reality when and if the deal happens.
Feige has briefly touched on this topic before. In a big Vanity Fair profile of Marvel Studios, Feige was asked if he’d like to bring the X-Men into the MCU, to which he replied, “Well, the problem is whenever I say anything about it, it becomes 15 headlines. So would we like to? Yeah, of course. Is there any movement toward it at all? No. Same thing. Same status.”
There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding this looming Disney-Fox. We here at /Film even put together an in-depth list of pros and cons surrounding the possibility, which you can read right here. Not to be a killjoy, but this entire deal should be treated with caution: there’s a real chance that when it happens, people are going to lose their jobs and Disney is going to be one step closer to becoming a monopoly. That said, I understand that most people just care about the end results, and what they really want to see are Fox’s Marvel properties finally mingle with Disney’s MCU.
And that might just happen. Rumor has it the potential Disney-Fox deal could happen as soon as the end of this week, but even if that’s the case, it’ll still take some time to get any of these potential films off the ground. If the deal goes through, Will Feige and company retool the upcoming Fox Marvel movies Gambit, Multiple Man and even Deadpool 2 to fit into the MCU? Time will tell.
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Disney Closes In On Fox's Assets As Comcast Bows Out - But Will The FANTASTIC FOUR Be Part Of The Deal?

It looks like the Disney/21st Century Fox deal is all-but sealed, as Comcast has decided to formally exit the chase. However, those hoping to see The Fantastic Four join The MCU may be disappointed...




Variety reports that Disney has taken one step closer to finalising that deal with 21st Century Fox none of us have been able to stop talking about, as Comcast has seemingly decided that it's foolish to attempt to compete with that almighty Mouse money and bowed out of the chase.

So, pending an official announcement, it looks like a done deal. However, one set of Marvel characters that fall under the Fox umbrella may not be joining the party.

It turns out that Constantin Films still retains the production rights to The Fantastic Four, and even though they partnered-up with Fox for the past three movies, the fact that we have no idea how ownership of the property is currently divided means there is a chance that The Thing, Human Torch and co. won't be joining The X-Men in The MCU if the deal does go through.

We'll just have to wait and see how this whole thing unfolds, but in the meantime let us know what you make of this. Would The Fantastic Four be that big a loss, or would you prefer to see them mix with The Avengers over The X-Men? Sound off below.
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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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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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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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