As comic fans grow more and more excited each day at the prospect of Fox-owned Marvel properties joining the likes of Captain America and the Hulk on the big screen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, has announced that he does not currently have any plans to introduce any of the characters into the franchise. As fans of comic book movies know, Disney is nearing a deal to buy 20th Century Fox. The $65 billion merger would allow Marvel Studios to include the likes of the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool into their already very successful film franchise. Despite the merger being nearly done, Feige says that he only has “vague ideas” about how to introduce Fox’s characters into the series. Instead, Feige is focusing on ensuring the success of Ant-Man and the Wasp, which premiered last week, and finishing post-production on next year’s Captain Marvel and Avengers 4.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Feige says that Marvel Studios will begin plans on integrating characters currently owned by Fox into the MCU when the Disney-Fox merger is complete, and they are given the go-ahead by higher-ups in the company. Feige is quoted as saying, “When and how that deal with Fox finishes and we’re told, ‘Hey, now you can start working on it. Now you can start thinking about it,’ is when we’ll actually start thinking about it.” Till the deal is complete, Feige has his hands full as Disney already owns the rights to over 10,000 Marvel Comics characters. Nevertheless, Disney CEO Bob Iger, who was the main negotiator responsible for the Fox deal, said that Marvel Studios will absolutely be able to use Fox-owned characters upon the merger’s completion. Iger even gave hope to those fans who appreciate Fox’s R-rated comic book films by saying that he was open to the studio making more adult-themed comic book movies. Fox’s Logan, an R-rated comic book movie released last year and based on the Wolverine series, received universal acclaim and even received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.
Marvel Studios has a full slate of films scheduled for next year. Captain Marvel premieres March 8, followed by the highly anticipated Avengers 4 on May 3. Spider-Man: Far From Home, which began filming earlier this month, is also scheduled for release next year on July 5.