Last month, Disney confirmed that the company was in the process of acquiring 21st Century Fox, including its film studio. This would bring the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool franchises under the Marvel Studios umbrella. However, the merger is at least a year away from happening, as the deal needs to receive congressional approval before being finalized. In the meantime, what does Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige have to say about it?
Speaking with Vulture, Feige admits that he didn’t even hear about the Disney/Fox deal until it was announced to the public. And since the deal isn’t finalized yet, Feige isn’t even thinking about adding the new characters to the MCU just yet. “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.” Feige and his team are currently focused on its slate for this year and 2019, and any possible X-Men/Fantastic Four inclusions won’t happen until afterwards.
Feige’s comments make plenty of sense. We don’t even know if the Disney/Fox deal will go through, so any planning to merge the new characters into the MCU is premature right now. But after it’s finalized, though? Have at it.
For Feige’s comments on superhero “fatigue” and his future at Marvel, click HERE.