Mutants In The MCU Means FEWER X-Men Movies (For Now)
The X-Men are coming to the MCU finally, however within the short-term meaning fewer motion pictures starring mutants. With the Disney-Fox acquisition, the rights to the X-Men (together with the Fantastic Four) have moved to Marvel Studios, which means the Fox X-Men film collection is winding down and can quickly finish, with the potential exception of Deadpool.
The MCU is at the moment in a state of transition, as Avengers: Endgame has drastically modified the line-up of the heroes and has completely altered the setting. Spider-Man: Far From Home would be the last film in Marvel Phase 3, with Phase four consisting of at the very least six motion pictures – Black Widow, The Eternals, Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, Shang-Chi, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Not on the anticipated slate, although, is something from the X-Men. And here is a complication of the deal. Now the X-Men are set to be a part of the MCU, the mutants have the potential to develop in numerous instructions; however till we get there, there’s more likely to be fewer X-Men movies than there would have been if the Disney/Fox deal hadn’t gone by.
Fox Had Plans For A Dozen X-Men Movies
The Disney/Fox deal led to all deliberate X-Men film tasks being shelved, apart from people who had entered manufacturing. X-Men: Dark Phoenix is popping out in June and New Mutants is because of be launched in 2020, the final entry within the Fox X-Men film collection.
But there have been different tasks within the planning levels that may now by no means see the sunshine of day. New Mutants was going to obtain at the very least two sequels. Channing Tatum’s Gambit film had been in growth for years earlier than being formally canceled. The solo motion pictures involving Kitty Pryde, Multiple Man, and X-23 appear to be gone as nicely. A X-Force film is at the moment on maintain, though there’s a probability that the mission is likely to be revived if Disney decides to maintain the Deadpool franchise as a separate entity. There have been additionally comments made by Simon Kinberg that motion pictures based mostly on Alpha Flight and the Exiles have been in growth, however these are doubtless gone as nicely.
The MCU Likely Won’t Have The X-Men Until 2023
But whereas the impression of the Disney/Fox is being felt on the prevailing motion pictures, that does not imply the X-Men shall be coming to the MCU simply but. The plans for Marvel Phase 4 are already in movement; Kevin Feige has mentioned that the subsequent 5 years of Marvel motion pictures are deliberate out and that the X-Men won’t be introduced till that slate is concluded. which implies that the X-Men may not seem till 2023.
It is smart for Marvel to not upend their fastidiously laid plans so as to rush the X-Men into the MCU on the first alternative. The new characters that shall be launched within the subsequent batch of films (such because the Eternals and Shang-Chi) want room to develop, and a bunch as main because the X-Men would doubtless upstage them. Additionally, the Fox X-Men motion pictures are nonetheless recent within the minds of the followers and it is most likely for the very best to place a long way between the previous model of the workforce and the brand new.
Yes, The Disney/Fox Acquisition Is Good For The X-Men…
The result’s an advanced scenario for X-Men followers. The Fox X-Men motion pictures made quite a lot of errors, messing up some main storylines, akin to how the Dark Phoenix Saga ignored the interstellar components of the plot and turning Apocalypse into one of the vital boring villains within the collection. There are a number of distinguished characters who have been relegated to background roles (akin to Bishop), whereas different main characters by no means appeared in any respect (such Mister Sinister).
The MCU is a chance to appropriate that. Marvel Studios has confirmed that they will reboot wronged characters, respect the comics, and construct storylines that final for years. And the X-Men may profit from that degree of planning greater than every other property; there’s an abundance of fabric involving the X-Men that have been barely touched by Fox that may be completed within the MCU, to say nothing of the fabric that was mismanaged to the purpose the place it might probably nonetheless be tailored in a extra trustworthy kind.
But X-Men Fans Have A Rocky Road Ahead
As already established, although, the addition of the X-Men into the MCU shouldn’t be with out its drawbacks. The wait, with no X-Men movie from New Mutants until at least 2023, shall be a protracted one for followers to maintain, and given what number of franchises Marvel is working with, there’s unlikely to be as many movies launched yearly as Fox was planning. And that is nothing on the quantity of legwork required to introduce them to the universe.
There are at the moment no mutants within the MCU (so far as anybody can inform) which implies that quite a lot of characters must be reworked so as to make them match into the films. There are mutants who’ve been round for hundreds of years (akin to Apocalypse and Selene), whereas the very foundation of the X-Men includes younger mutants being skilled by an older instructor (akin to Charles Xavier).
The introduction of mutants into the MCU can occur a couple of other ways, though none of them are ideally suited. There could possibly be an occasion that awakens mutant powers world wide, however there would not be any established characters who’ve existed for years. There can also be the chance that mutants existed all alongside and hid their powers from the world, which might be troublesome for the viewers to just accept, particularly with so many super-powered beings working across the MCU. Why would mutants should take care of a world that fears and hates them when individuals like Captain Marvel and Scarlet Witch are beloved?
What Marvel Can Do In The Meantime
Introducing the X-Men into the MCU is not any small process and their addition to the franchise goes to be a monumental occasion, which is definitely why Kevin Feige is in no rush to place them in. But the mutants aren’t the one superhero workforce that Disney acquired within the Fox deal.
The Fantastic Four have obtained three horrible film diversifications (4 if the Roger Corman movie is counted) and the workforce badly wants a film adaptation that does them justice. The Fantastic Four helped to create the Marvel universe and so they deserve a spot within the MCU.
Introducing the Fantastic Four into the MCU could be a a lot easier proposition than the X-Men, because it includes 4 individuals being given superpowers by cosmic rays that hit them throughout an area mission. The Fantastic Four even have an unimaginable choice of villains to select from, with Doctor Doom and Galactus being chief amongst them. The MCU has already established that a whole nation can disguise from the world (within the type of Wakanda) so the identical also can occur with Latveria, whereas Galactus may be the subsequent cosmic-level menace that raises the stakes after the Thanos storyline.
There can also be nonetheless Deadpool, who is distant sufficient from the Fox X-Men motion pictures that Disney intends to proceed with Ryan Reynolds. The upcoming Disney+ streaming service means that there’s additionally room for X-Men TV exhibits that may exist exterior of the MCU, which might act as a testing floor for potential film collection.
The Disney/Fox deal has made it potential for your complete Marvel Universe (apart from a couple of choose characters) to seem on movie. It’s now as much as Kevin Feige and his workforce to work out the easiest way to convey the mutants into the MCU. Thankfully or not (relying in your view, he is acquired time to get it proper.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) launch date: Jul 02, 2019
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) launch date: Jun 07, 2019
- New Mutants (2020) launch date: Apr 03, 2020