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The impact that the Disney-Fox deal will have on the entertainment industry should not be underestimated. This is especially true for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Indeed, a significant part of this deal is that Marvel will regain the rights to use properties such as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in their films.
Clearly, fans of the MCU and those properties will be delighted about this possibility. Speculation about when we could possibly see the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in the MCU is obviously fervent amongst film fans. In an interview with Vulture, Kevin Feige, Head of Marvel, has shed some light about the deal and what its implications will be for the MCU.
We Will Have To Wait
Kevin Feige has made it clear that we will not see the Fantastic Four or the X-Men in the MCU for a while. Certainly, it will take time for the Disney-Fox deal to officially close. Hence, anyone expecting a quick introduction for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the MCU is fooling themselves. After 2019, which will herald the beginning of Phase 4 in the MCU, seems to be the time when this will happen. This is what Kevin Feige had to say on the deal and its impact on the MCU:
“I read about it in the press like most people did. These are big deals and certainly above my pay grade. The truth of the matter as I understand it is the deal has to be figured out. There’s been no communication. We’re not thinking about it. We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced. If and when the deal actually happens, we’ll start to think more about it. Until then, we have a lot to do. It would be years away. We’ve announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted”.
The Future of The MCU
I believe Kevin Feige when he says that after 2019 will be the time where we could see the benefits of this deal come to fruition. Yet, his statement that he did not know about the deal is hard to believe when he is in charge of one of the most profitable companies that Disney owns. Kevin Feige also commented on what the future of the MCU looks like and how he has planned for it:
“I think about it through 2019, through the movies we’ve already shot or are about to start filming. I’m hoping to deliver on everything we’ve promised thus far. That’s the reason we make the movies we make and the way we make them. For years, predating the history of Marvel Studios itself, people asked me about superhero fatigue and if it was a fad or a phase. I say, if they’re all different, if they’re all special, nobody will get tired of these things before we at Marvel Studios will, since we live and breathe these things 24 hours a day”.
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