The Disney and Fox merger was one of the biggest stories in the world of Marvel last year, as it meant many classic characters could finally join the MCU. Only since the merger was announced we haven’t had any real updates on the deal. Many fans have hoped we would hear soon that the X-Men or Fantastic Four would be joining in the near future only according to Kevin Feige this is not the case.
During the Black Panther press junket, Feige discussed the deal with Vulture. Apparently, according to Feige, he found out about the merger through the news just like the rest of us,
“I read about it in the press like most people did.”
This comes as a bit of a shock considering that Feige is the head of Marvel Studios and this deal would be a huge change in the MCU’s status quo. As Feige said the deal is above his pay grade and thus too big for him to know of. But this isn’t the only big news as he also informed Vulture that Marvel Studios isn’t even thinking about the deal currently.
Marvel Studios is focusing more on the films currently filming and in development. Which based on Feige’s statement makes sense given the fact the deal is still not final. As Feige said,
“The truth of the matter as I understand it is the deal has to be figured out. There’s been no communication. 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.”
But even then we still won’t see the characters join the MCU for years as everything up until 2019 is set in stone,
“It would be years away. We’ve announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted.”
This news comes as a bit of a disappointment for Marvel fans hoping to see their favorite X-Men join the MCU, but it is good to see that they are taking their time to make this transition run smoothly. Hopefully, if or when the deal goes through, the studio is able to effectively introduce the characters into the universe.