We all know that one day the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are going to be introduced into the MCU. It may be a few years before we see it happen, but the team at Marvel Studios is currently in the process of trying to figure out the best ways to introduce these characters.
It’s really no surprise to learn that Marvel is in the early stages of planning out the future for these characters, but it’s nice to see that Kevin Feige is now talking about it! When asked about introducing the X-Men and Fantastic for to the MCU in an interview with Fandango, he explained:
“It’s still early days, but it’s been a fun exercise… Every development meeting starts with cool ideas and fun ideas, and our wheels are always turning in terms of what if… What if we did this? What if we did that?”
There are so many ways that these characters can be handled, and I’m curious and excited to see what ideas they actually end up using! Feige goes on to talk about some of the possibilities of how some of these characters could make their debut:
“Yeah, maybe [Fox characters will appear in non-standalone movies first]. You know, oftentimes it just comes down to a specific character in a specific story and a specific way to introduce them.
“So sometimes, like with Spider-Man and Black Panther, that made sense. Then, other times, with characters like Iron Man, Captain Marvel, Thor, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man… it’s fun to introduce them in their own movies first.”
As of right now it doesn’t sound like they’ve completely settled on anything, So right now anything can still happen with these characters. One thing is for sure, they are happy to have the rights to these characters back!
“We were one of the few companies that has a lot of characters but didn’t have access to a whole bunch of them, and now that we do, it’s wonderful. They’re back in the sandbox, in the toy chest, and now as ideas come up and as opportunities come up, we can utilize them, which feels really nice.”
What are some ways you’d like to see Marvel bring the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU? What characters would you like to see get their own solo films first?