The recent landmark acquisition of 21st Century Fox by Disney means that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will be housing a number of new intellectual properties for the first time. This includes the X-Men franchise and the opportunity for Marvel Studios to expand the horizons of its ongoing timeline.
However, how soon can fans expect a potential crossover for the mutants? According to Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, not anytime soon.
Speaking with Vulture in a recent interview to promote the upcoming release of Black Panther later this month, he stated that the X-Men will ultimately find their way into the MCU provided that the acquisition deal holds.
For the time being, Marvel Studios is only focusing on projects that have already been announced. It will still be years before fans geto to see the X-Men and, for example, the Avengers on the same screen.
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 statement, while disappointing for fans, makes sense. The acquisition took place just last month and it is too soon for Marvel Studios to be shifting their scheduled releases. However, once it is done with its current plans, the X-Men will be accomodated–probably after 2020 at the earliest.