X-Men In The MCU? ‘It’ll Be A While’ According To Feige

As I took my daughter a few weeks back to watch Marvel Studio’s Captain Marvel my eight year old daughter asked me how much longer for Avengers: Endgame? This past weekend as we watched New Line/Warner Bros. Shazam! she asked me the same question. This made me laugh as I feel like this is the how most people feel after so many years of investing in Marvel Studios’ films, twenty-two films to be exact, which brought in almost $20 billion worldwide.

So the question comes up, after The Avengers figure out a way to defeat Thanos, whats next for Marvel Studios? io9 had the opportunity to talk to Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige, who brought up the topic of the next phase and the possibility of including the newly acquired X-Men.

“It’ll be a while,” Feige said. “It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”

With how ambitious Marvel Studios has been in the past it does not surprise me that Phase Four has been in the works for quite a while now and that at the moment it was first put together it only included characters they knew they had access to use. But with Marvel Studios being owned by the corporate mouse, which is currently squeezing as much money as they can from the Star Wars franchise, I doubt they would let too much time pass without getting whatever they can from the X-Men.

But for now Feige is focused on his plan which included familiar faces and new ones as well. “The slate that we’re building over the next five years [is] not apples to apples. It is two very distinct things and I hope they’ll feel very distinct. But there is a similar mentality going into it, which is ‘How can we continue to tell stories with some of the characters that audiences already know and love in a unique way, in a different way, in surprising way, of which we have a lot of plans and ideas and work already going into it?’ [Then] ‘How can we introduce new characters that even hardcore fans, comic fans, have barely known or barely heard of.’ That’s really exciting too.”

Obviously, films like Black Widow, Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Doctor Strange 2 will continue to feature characters that we all recognize. While films like The Eternals and Shang-Chi will introduce new characters that a lot of mainstream fans are probably not familiar with. But as time passes it will be interesting to see where they make adjustments to their plans. So, although we shouldn’t hold our breath for an X-Men sighting in the near future, it would be a great to see them soon.


Do you want to see Marvel Studios hold off on the X-Men for a while? Or would you like to see them right away? Let us know in the comment section below!

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame hit theaters April 26th.

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Source: io9

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