Marvel head honcho discusses when the X-Men might be joining the MCU
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It is going to happen. Eventually.
While it does feel like the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building up to events in Avengers: Endgame, it isn't as if the MCU is just going to stop entirely once the dust has settled.
The film company's head honcho Kevin Feige hasn't let slip about anything else beyond Endgame and this July's Spider-Man: Far From Home, most likely because it would give away their hand as to who will survive Round Two With Thanos.
Having said that, there has already been talk about Black Panther 2 (director Ryan Coogler is reportedly back at the helm), Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.3 (ditto for James Gunn), Doctor Strange 2, and undoubtedly a second Captain Marvel, since the first has just passed the billion dollar mark at the global box office.
Additionally, the recent confirmed acquisition of 20th Century Fox by Disney means that all of their superhero franchises - X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool - can now be folded into the overall MCU.
However, anyone expecting that to happen any time soon may wish their super ability was breath-holding. Which is convoluted way of saying: Don't hold your breath.
Speaking to io9, Feige had the following to say about what to expect from the MCU post-Endgame:
"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.
"The slate that we’re building over the next five years [is] not apples to apples. It is two very distinct things and I hope they’ll feel very distinct. But there is a similar mentality going into it, which is 'How can we continue to tell stories with some of the characters that audiences already know and love in a unique way, in a different way, in surprising way, of which we have a lot of plans and ideas and work already going into it?'
"[And then] 'How can we introduce new characters that even hardcore fans, comic fans, have barely known or barely heard of.' That's really exciting too."
So what that essentially means is that they're looking to take the existing (and surviving) characters in bold new directions, while adding even more new characters, such as the god-like Eternal (which reportedly has Angelina Jolie on board) and Shang-Chi, which will be Marvel's first Asian-led superhero movie, and now has director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) attached.
Of course, that isn't to say that we won't be getting hints and post-credit teases of the X-Men universe before the next five years are up, but maybe just don't go expecting them to share screen-time with Peter Parker and his established pals any time soon.
More will become clear once Avengers: Endgame is release on Thursday 25 April, and you can get your tickets to the first Irish screenings of it right here.
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