– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With Disney now having acquired most of 21st Century Fox (and all of 20th Century Fox studios), fans have been left with some real questions surrounding the future of their favorite franchises, and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Will Disney allow the X-Men universe continue to exist on its own, and will they allow Deadpool to continue on as planned? Bob Iger has already stated that he’s open to seeing Deadpool continue with its R-rating, but do they have immediate plans to incorporate everything into the MCU?

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Here’s what he said in an investor’s call:

“We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel cinematic universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool, and reuniting all of the Star Wars movies ever made under one roof, which opens new opportunities for that franchise.”

So, taking things at face value, Bob Iger is saying that they are looking to incorporate all three of those Marvel brands into the MCU as a whole. Should we consider this a confirmation that after the current slate of films that things will once again be restarted across the board? Not necessarily.

While Iger is definitely the boss, he is making very broad statements — statements that will likely not have been run past MCU head Kevin Feige. Plus, with him already saying Deadpool will continue as an R-rated film franchise, it seems like a strange branding issue for them to have it still be a part of the MCU.

While I have no hard evidence to back this up, I think he’s very much speaking in generalities at this point, and we shouldn’t take any of this as gospel just yet.

What do you think of Iger’s statements? Do you think the future of the current iteration of X-Men, Deadpool, and New Mutants are in trouble? Let us know down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.