The X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was expected to happen fairly soon after the Disney FOX deal. Apparently though, that might not be the case – according to Kevin Feige, the MCU release schedule is announced until 2019, and he isn’t planning on introducing the X-Men any time soon.
In an interview with Vulture, Feige said:
“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.”
“It would be years away. We’ve announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted.”
It’s not exactly a surprise, given that the deal is not actually complete yet. It also essentially confirms that we won’t see Hugh Jackman back as Wolverine, given that if he thought he was too old now – he’d definitely think that in four years. He’s also said he’d like to see someone else take on the role:
“…for the whole 17 years I kept thinking that would be so great, like I would love to see, particularly, Iron Man and the Hulk and Wolverine together. And every time I saw an Avengers movie I could just see Wolverine in the middle of all of them like punching them all on the head. But it was like, ‘Oh well, that’s not gonna happen,’ and it was interesting just when I first saw that headline — it was just the possibility of it and who knows what’s gonna happen, obviously — I was like, ‘Hang on!’ But I think, unfortunately, the ship has sailed for me, but for someone else I would like to see Wolverine in there.”
It’s interesting because Sebastian Stan recently said he spoke with Jackman about the possibility of being on-screen together:
“Recently I happened to be sitting next to Hugh Jackman. I didn’t know what other awkward thing I could talk about but to be like, ‘Am I going to see you soon?’ He said a couple of things to me and I’ll just leave it at that. Otherwise, I feel like I’m going to get into trouble with somebody. I asked him though because I kept thinking whether or not Logan was supposed to be the last Wolverine thing or whatever and he said to me he’s been thinking about it and it’s been on his mind. So, I don’t know, he may be.”
Chris Hemsworth has also endorsed the idea:
“I mean, Wolverine, just because I love that character, you know what I mean? I just love Hugh Jackman. Unfortunately, he died in the last movie, didn’t he? We can bring him back to life? Now that you’ve informed me that it’s a possibility, I’m going to get on the phone [with Hugh] and try to coax him over or convince him and see if he has one more in him.”
Anything can happen in the MCU, so here’s hoping we get to see the X-Men soon.
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