With Disney finally acquiring Fox, what does this mean for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe because let’s face it, that the only thing we cared about when it came to this massive merger.
With the Fantastic Four and X-Men exam finally returning home, this will naturally lead to them to joining the MCU and some point in the future. According to Collider, there’s a lot of complications that is involved with this merger:
But don’t expect reboots of anything in the immediate future. THR reports that any new Marvel Comics adaptations of Fox-held characters/properties produced by Marvel Studios won’t arrive until 2021 at the absolute earliest, owing to the length of time a traditional development process takes. Moreover, the future of previously announced Fox-Marvel adaptations like X-Force or Multiple Man are in doubt, as Feige will only now get a chance to check out the scripts, speak to the filmmakers, and decide how to proceed. Laws regarding the Disney acquisition mandated that Disney/Marvel could not become actively involved in these projects until the deal officially closed.
Further complicating matters are complex deals wrapped up with producers relating to the X-Men franchise. THR says series producer Lauren Shuler Donner is said to have a deal that calls for her to receive an executive producer on any and all X-Menmovies whether she’s actively involved (she’s been with the franchise since the original X-Men), and THR notes that Kinberg could have a similar deal. Before a new film can be developed and released, Disney and Marvel Studios will have to untangle those deals or buy them out.
While they’re sorting all that legal stuff out, I wanted to theorize on a possibility of how they could use Endgame to effectively add the Fantastic Four, the X-men and even Deadpool and Logan back into the MCU. One of the ideas I had is that, what if, while the Avengers are at the climax of their fight with Thanos, in order to stop him they had to destroy the Infinity gauntlet with the six stones on it. They could use the destruction of the gauntlet as a way to write in that it caused a tear in the fabric of reality, subsequently creating multiple parallel universes.
This would then give them room to explain why the Fantastic Four or the X-Men weren’t around when shit went down. OK, with the F4, you could say that they were off planet but then again, that would still be difficult to explain, so the tearing of space-time continuum would be easier. It’s comic, this kind of stuff happens at a monthly basis.
I mean, there’s even word on the street that Endgame won’t end on a happy note, the damage that was done by Thanos, cannot be undone so easily. As in, they can’t bring back everyone, so some characters are staying dead. Great way to pull alternative characters into the MCU from another universe right?
Anyways, that’s just a theory of mine, if you have one yourself, please let me know in the comments below.