The X-Men are a big deal in the Marvel universe – but you wouldn’t know that from watching the movies. Because of license deals and poor long-term planning from 1990’s Marvel – it doesn’t own the rights to some of its biggest characters on the silver screen. But Marvel’s head guy, Kevin Feige, has re-iterated in a recent interview that it is his long-term dream to bring all those characters back into the MCU.
Released by Perception (The company that makes Marvel Studio’s opening logo) a fairly extensive phone interview with Kevin Feige has hit the internet – in which the Marvel head talked about the future direction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The most interesting part of the whole call was when Feige was asked to give a response to Hugh Jackman’s recent comments. Those comments indicated that he’d be more than willing to come out of retirement should X-Men find themselves inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While Feige said Jackman ended on a “perfect note”, he’d still love to one day have the Avengers share screenspace with the X-Men;
“Yes, of course! My goal is to replicate the experience that comic book fans have reading the books up on the screen and we’ve been able to accomplish that beyond my wildest dreams over the last ten years. And certainly, including Spidey in Civil War, in the upcoming Infinity War, is yet another dream that I didn’t even dare to talk about publicly because I thought the odds of it were very slim. So, no plans beyond that for the few remaining characters that aren’t already in the MCU but never say never. Who knows what can happen in the future?”
As all comic book fans are well aware, Marvel doesn’t own the rights to all of its comic book heroes – meaning the likes of X-Men and Fantastic Four are left awkwardly out of the MCU fun.
That isn’t to say it’s a complete pipe-dream. Fox and Marvel have been working together in recent times on a number of television series – co-producing them. There’s also the interesting note that Ego the Living Planet (Owned by Fox) was allowed to make his MCU debut in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Clearly the two are working together when it suits them.
As Spiderman and Sony showcase, if it makes financial and creative sense for all party’s to come together – then all party’s come together. Fox have held out up to now – preferring to develop their Deadpool focused movie universe.
We can hope that one day that Feige can convince Fox to give fans what they want.