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The Disney/Fox merger had finalized last month, and everyone is already counting the days when we’re going to get the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the MCU. The bad news is, Kevin Feige says that we’ll have to count the years.
Talking to io9, Marvel head Kevin Feige confirms that Marvel had just planned their next five years without taking the Marvel Fox characters into consideration. He says:
“It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”
Even if Marvel does plan to wait that long before giving us the characters, I’m hoping that they’re already making up ideas on how to bring mutants into this universe. I’m sure they’re making changes right now ever since the merger—it wouldn’t make sense to dig themselves into this hole only to find out they have to come up with a clever way to introduce one of the most popular franchises under the Marvel banner.
Personally, I’m hoping they start planting seeds with the end of Avengers: Endgame. The movie looks to be changing the status quo of the MCU in a huge way, and what better chance to introduce mutants into the world?
Then again, I haven’t written for a huge cinematic universe, so I’m going to trust the guys behind the scenes to come up with something that makes sense.
Catch Avengers: Endgame in theaters April 26.