While Avengers: Endgame is being hyped by fans as the buildup of over a decade of hype, it also marks a major turning point for the Marvel brand. Gone will be many of Marvel’s most iconic heroes, leaving the universe in an interesting pivot point. There’s no way of predicting what the future will hold for Marvel, especially considering just how unpredictable Endgame will likely be.
Marvel Producer Kevin Feige recently gave some clarity on the brand’s future in an interview with io9. Asked about the inclusion of Fox heroes like the X-Men, Feige commented:
“It’ll be a while. It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”
Many assumed that the X-Men would be speedily added amongst the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but as Feige has shown, sometimes taking your time is not a bad idea. It’s encouraging to hear that Feige already has so much of Marvel’s future planned, as that level of structure is part of what made Marvel so successful.
I would assume that other Fox properties like Fantastic Four would apply to similar rules as the X-Men, although Disney may have been planning for an impending Fantastic Four remake for some time.
What do you think of this news? Would you like to see the X-Men or Fantastic Four in the MCU sooner than five years from now? Be sure to tell us all of your thoughts on the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the comments!