It’s been a long wait for fans, but the Disney/Fox merger has finally closed, and everyone is expecting the X-Men and Fantastic Four to be established in the MCU. Bad news is, they’ll have to wait a bit longer when it comes to them actually going back onscreen.
This was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter who claims that the earliest we’ll see these characters in the MCU is likely sometime around 2021.
There are several factors as to the delay. For one, Marvel still needs to develop these films, and that would take at least a year of pre-production, add to that another year for the film to actually shoot and enter post-prod. What’s more is that Marvel already has a bunch of other movies lined up for the next year including Black Widow, The Eternals, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and Doctor Strange 2. Not to mention there’s also the film Shang-Chi.
Unless Marvel is planning to delay any of those films, it looks like the Marvel Fox characters will have to wait their turn.
Of course, some fans are more open to a slow and steady introduction of characters into the universe. With the deal already done, there’s a lot of time for Ryan Reynolds to shoot a post-credits appearance for Deadpool in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Then again, that’s just a silly fanboy pipedream.
For now, catch Marvel’s next outing, Avengers: Endgame, in cinemas April 26.