Disney Finally Confirmed X-Men And Fantastic Four In MCU
The long-awaited news for all Marvel fans has been recently confirmed. After the insight that Disney was merging with Fox, everyone has been super excited about the idea of seeing the favorite superheroes altogether in one universe. Fortunately, we have even better and fresh news from the very CEO of Disney, and they almost gave us a heart attack. Read all the details in the article below.
Last Christmas, Walt Disney Company stated the intentions of merging with 21st Century Fox for a value of $52.4 billion in stock, which would include the film and TV studios, cable channels such as FX and National Geographic, and the majority of Fox's assets.
But in the middle of the deal during this current year, Comcast, which is NBCUniversal's parent company, launched a counter-offer in June to buy Fox assets that Disney intended to purchase. The bid was a $65 billion cash proposal which, undoubtedly, set off a bidding war between both interested companies.
By July 27, the war was over, and Disney won over Comcast. The former's shareholders approved a merger for $71.3 billion. But of course that such a fusion is not a child's play; it needs the approval of several federal and international regulators, so it is a deal that could take months to actually be completed.
A merger is a process that takes time, so it is expected that the negotiation will be legally cleared at all levels by the summer of 2019. It is not that the process will experience complications, but there are a lot of aspects to consider that need time. The merger will form a new company that will bear Disney's name.
What does this mean?
Many fans just want to know when they will be able to see Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy join forces with the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and other favorite characters that are Fox's properties. Such an idea could have been impossible if it wasn't for the deal.
So for those eager Marvel followers, we have great news, and they come directly from Walt Disney's CEO, Bob Iger, who talked about certain essential aspects of the deal during a recent interview. He ended months of speculations around this by indicating that the mutants and the Fantastic Four will be looked after Kevin Feige.He is Marvel Studios' current president and will remain in that leading position. Iger first indicated he had to be careful with the information he communicated to Fox people but mentioned that it makes sense that only one entity oversees Marvel because there cannot be two of them.
With this information, there is a solid chance that we will able to see the mentioned characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe someday in the future. According to Geeks on Coffee, he was further asked if Deadpool could become an Avenger, and Iger only replied that Kevin has a good number of ideas.
'I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?' He was also asked about the plan to blend 21st Century Fox's properties with Walt Disney's. Iger found the question very interesting, and concerning this, he stated that he wanted to keep the best people from both companies.
This means they will give priority to those that can be on the playing field for them so that talent will prevail. He continued saying that in a deal like that, brands are no the only thing being bought, but also people that he did not want to specify. He met the senior management team at Fox, and he is excited about the prospects.
The one-million-dollar question
All these news are great, but still, a big question remains unanswered, and that is when the integration of the characters into the MUC will take place. Legally speaking, the characters' rights for X-Men and the Fantastic Four still belong to Fox.
Unfortunately, it is very likely that we won't be able to see any changes or Wolverine fighting along with Captain America or Iron Man to defeat an enemy in common until the second half of 2019 when the deal is completely set up. However, not all our hopes are lost.
We can find the light at the end of the tunnel with the information provided by CBR. According to the website, the integration of the properties is merely a matter of logistics. It is true that throughout its history, Marvel Studios has planned the complete release calendar years ahead of time.
However, it would not be the first time to modify it to speed up productions. In fact, Marvel Studio has done it on some occasions during these last few years. The first one was with the film Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was a last-minute addition after Sony and Disney closed a deal in 2015.
The two companies decided to share the rights of the arachnid figure to release the movie and include it in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, and Avengers: Infinity War this year. Moreover, the premiere of Ant-Man and the Wasp was moved up this year to take Captain Marvel's position.
This female hero film was delayed due to specific directive issues, and its premiere was held up for next year. Things got even more complicated after director James Gunn was fired this past July by Disney. He was supposed to direct the third volume of Guardians of the Galaxy, so this adds a wrinkle to the crumpled situation.
This film's initial release date was 2020, but it is unlikely that this date can be maintained after Gunn's dismissal. So considering this overview plus the complete MCU's production map until that year, the earliest time in which we can see the X-Men and the Fantastic Four starring a production under Disney's umbrella could be 2021.
A hurdle in the way
However, there is another crucial aspect that needs to be taken into account that makes these late additions a little bit doubtful, and this is current Fox productions. Dark Phoenix, an X-Men movie, will be premiered on February 14, 2019, and there is another one called The New Mutants for the first days of August 2019.
Apart from these releases in 2019, Fox also has an X-Force movie in the pipeline written and directed by Drew Goddard that will include stars like Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, and Zazie Beetz reprising their roles from Deadpool 2. And this is without mentioning the third installment for the latter movie.
Lastly, Fox is also developing a Gambit solo film with Channing Tatum as the titular mutant, but after delays regarding the director, this is still being decided. However, there are a couple of potential ones to helm the project who are in the waiting line.
How could Disney influence this?
Of course that these productions can be affected by Disney-Fox deal and destroy the plans for Gambit movie, but so far, the studio has no intentions of shelving this production. It is also sure that Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants are a lock to be released.
But maybe sequels could be improbable aiming to end the X-Men universe that started in 2000 and paving their path into MCU. Another theory is that Disney could go for X-Force and Deadpool 3 due to the favorable acceptance of the first two movies.
The long wait
Yes, we know that 2021 is a lot of time to delight in films with the X-Men or the Fantastic Four in MCU. But in fact, Feige indicated that the studio does not have any current plan for the discussed new properties. Of course, the good news is that Marvel Studios has always been an expert at surprising its fans.
So the likelihood of last-minutes cameos, post-credits scene tease, or supporting roles (like Spiderman in Civil War) does not seem to be a far-fetched idea. But even these possibilities are very low before late 2019 at the earliest. Additionally, there is also an important aspect to consider.
Marvel Studios has always restrained the foresight of its projects, and it seems that Kevin Feige has no rush for incorporating the long-awaited characters. Moreover, considering the level of anticipation of these MCU debuts, maybe Feige will create a momentous arrival, as they deserve, instead of providing a mere throwaway scene.
So while we wait to know Disney's final decision regarding these theories, there are a couple of movies that we will enjoy to quench our thirst. According to Geeks on Coffee, the stars for the untitled Avengers 4 are already cast and they include Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), and Chris Evans (Captain America), for sure.
Other notable actors for the next installment are Scarlett Johansson (The Black Widow), Josh Brolin (Thanos), and Chris Hemsworth (Thor). Moreover, we will see Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Evangeline Lilly (Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp), and Paul Rudd (Ant-Man).
Last but not least, Karen Gillan (Nebula), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Don Cheadle (War Machine), and Bradley Cooper (the voice of Rocket Raccoon) are also included. Captain Marvel, which happens to be the first full-length feature based solely on a female hero, will be in our cinemas by March 8, 2019.
Apart from Brie Larson, we will be able to delight in the performance of other famous actors such as Gemma Chan, Algenis Perez Soto, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou. Other essential actors include Lashana Lynch, Mckenna Grace, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.
Set in the 90s, the movie will develop an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds. Two months later on May 3, we will have Avengers 4's premiere. Furthermore, Spider-Man: Far From Home will be released on July 5, 2019.
All these are thrilling news for Marvel followers. Now we have more light on the recent merger that shook the cinematic world and what we could expect for the future of Marvel Studios franchise. But one thing is sure: any of the new productions will amaze us and leave us open-mouthed.