Excuse me, will the leader of The X-Men please walk to the front of the room?
Oh, wow, this is awkward… Professor Xavier, please step aside and let Mr Feige through.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Disney is in the process of purchasing 20th Century Fox. After a short bidding skirmish with Comcast, the House of Mouse won the day and will take over running things once the acquisition is approved.
Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about a number of topics, but we’re only concerned about what’s going on with the X-Men after the sale is final.
Years ago, before Disney bought Marvel, Marvel Comics sold the film rights to a number of their comic properties to several different studios. Universal got the Hulk, Sony got Spider-Man, and Fox got The X-Men and The Fantastic Four. This was well before the creation of Marvel Studios. Deals were worked out with Universal and Sony, while Fox held onto the X-Men. Now, it looks like the mutants and the first family will be back with Marvel, where they belong.
When asked if Feige would be overseeing the X-Men films, Iger said the following:
“I think it only makes sense,” Iger said. “I want to be careful here because of what’s been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”
Follow up from THR: “So Deadpool could become an Avenger?”
“Kevin’s got a lot of ideas,” Iger said. “I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?”
And what does this mean for the people at Fox?
“Very good question. We’re going to take the best people from both companies and that’s who’s gonna basically be on the playing field for us. Meaning, talent will prevail. Fox Searchlight is a great example. You look at FX, NatGeo. Yeah, you’re buying libraries and brands, but you’re also buying the people. I’m not gonna talk about specific people right now except to say that I’ve met with virtually the entire senior management team at Fox and I’m not only fully engaged with them on what the possibilities for them might be but I’m excited about the prospects.”
Does this mean The X-Men will join the MCU? I think that’s forgone conclusion.
Will X-Men be rebooted? That’s a harder question. It would be very difficult to mix them into the MCU.
What about Deadpool? I don’t think there’s any world where Feige even considered rebooting Deadpool. His films are the most successful of the XCU, and since he’s kind of in a pocket universe within the XCU, I think the Merc with the Mouth is easier to fit into the MCU than the other mutants.
Remember, this is all most likely years away. Other than Spider-Man: Far from Home, Marvel is keeping mum about anything after Avengers 4, so don’t expect to here anything anytime soon.
What do you think? Do you want Marvel to try and keep the current X-Men continuity (which is sketchy at best), or should it just be rebooted with a new cast?