With Disney’s bid to purchase many of 20th Century Fox’s assets some time back, Marvel fans around the world started getting excited at the thought of seeing the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While there’s still no telling exactly what Disney and Marvel Studios plan to do with these entities, it’s probably safe to assume that there is some kind of plan in place. After all, Kevin Feige and company have proven time and time again that they’re always thinking ahead, far into the future.
That isn’t to say that the plan is set in stone. As we’ve seen with Phases 1, 2, and 3 (so far), their ideas and blueprints for what’s to come are always malleable. What may work today may not be possible tomorrow, and as technology advances and new creators come into the fold, the puzzle has to be able to shift accordingly.
While speaking with the Associated Press, Kevin Feige discussed just how far out they plan:
“We’re always thinking ahead. Just when people think they can pin us down, we go somewhere else and that’s going to happen again after Infinity War in the build-up to the next Avengers film. And we had meetings earlier today about 2024 and 2025.”
Do those plans and meetings have to do with the Fox properties, though? On a conference call this week, Disney CEO Bob Iger discussed many possibilities. For the first time, Iger spoke directly about his company having an “opportunity” with properties such as “Avatar, Marvel’s X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Kingsman, and Planet of the Apes” while discussing options on both the big and small screen. The fact that they’re comfortable discussing these topics is a great sign for the future of the MCU and beyond.
According to Deadline, Iger said this about the acquisition:
“We have the opportunity to expand iconic franchises for new generations of fans just as we have done with Marvel and Star Wars… We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool.”
The X-Men and Fantastic Four in the MCU? It may be happening sooner than later, or at least we hope!