The Disney Fox-Merger is about to come into fruition any time now. The plethora of characters and movie franchises that Fox Studios owns will soon become Disney property, propelling the latter into an information powerhouse and a huge player in the movie-making industry. The Fox Studios also owns a lot of TV Channels and media platforms which, after being acquired by Disney and combined with the media platforms Disney already owns, will turn the Mouse House into a private entity superpower. The characters that the Fox-Verse owns will also eventually find their way into the Mouse House productions. One of them is the X-Men, who originally belonged to the Marvel Studios but were sold to Fox more than a decade ago. And Marvel apparently already has a way of letting the X-Men into the MCU, the world’s most profitable franchise. But the word is – they are not planning to do it. Presenting – Here’s why Marvel is knowingly not introducing the X-Men into the MCU!!!
Fox President Peter Rice has gone against the odds and told everyone that the Disney-Fox merger will happen at the earliest possible date next year. He has given an ambitious target of January 1, 2019, but that is kind of throwing it a bit too far. While the Disney-Fox merger is bound to happen, it will materialize into paper only after February or March according to some sources. That is the word given by the employees of Fox themselves.
Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney Studios, had said in an interview last year that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four will soon become Disney property and will feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That claim seemed too tall after the courts over-ruled the Disney-Fox merger due to legality issues. That ruling has been overturned since and Disney has decided to go ahead with the final talks for the upcoming merger.
As for the fans, Bob Iger’s words have struck a chord with them. They are indeed enthusiastic to watch their favorite superheroes fight the bad guys with the aid of the X-men and the First Family of Marvel Comics aka The Fantastic Four. If you still believe that the X-Men or the Fantastic Four do not have any chance of being featured in the next Avengers movie, we urge you to rethink your stance.
In Avengers: Infinity War, the post-credits scene you saw was actually shot in January of 2018, only two months before the movie’s releases date. So there is a high chance that the inclusion of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men could also be done into the MCU at the last Moment. That opens up a huge window of opportunities for the X-Men fans.
The legality issue with the X-Men and Fantastic Four related properties now has a solution. But the thing is, Marvel might be planning something nefarious behind our backs. Something the fans would have absolutely no idea about. Marvel Studios is, according to rumors, not having any plans of including the X-Men into the MCU. And we know the reason why.
The shooting and production activities for Avengers 4 have already come to an end. The reshoots are also at the end of its line for Avengers 4. So there is absolutely no way that you could expect to see the x-Men fighting Thanos and his army in Avengers 4. The plot of the movie is concrete and set in stone now. There will be no changes to the story or the narrative direction. That much is confirmed. But the primary USP of the Marvel movies is their ability to hint a lot with minimal effort. This is where the Post Credits scenes come in.
Marvel Studios has pioneered the skill of post-credits scene, engaging the audience in a way that they are compelled to sit at the edge of their seats even after the credits start rolling.
And Marvel Comics has always used the Post Credits sequences to introduce new plot elements and potential future plot devices to the overall continuity. The fans expected that the X-Men will be introduced into the MCU in one such Post Credits scene for Avengers 4.
Unfortunately, that is also out of question for the Marvel Studios. The Mouse House has become absolutely ruthless when it comes to meeting fan expectations. The Post Credits being used to reveal the existence of mutant kind in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would have been possible if not for one teeny, tiny little detail that everyone has failed to notice.
The Fox-Disney Merger, even if it happens, will not include the movies that are currently in production under the Fox Banner. That means movies like X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which also features the X-Men, is independent of the Disney clout. If Marvel decides to go the Post Credits way and show us the X-Men at the end of Infinity War, it would be a conflict of interest for both the Studios and it might result in the deal falling through and the merger might never ever happen.
Marvel cannot jeopardize that. Disney cannot jeopardize that, especially after the latter has invested so much of time, resources and effort to make superheroes the cash cows of Hollywood. Disney wants both the Fox-Verse and the MCU to come together. That will only happen if both Disney and Fox are satisfied to join hands.
The X-Men are going to stay in the shadows until X-Men Dark Phoenix comes to pass. The movie is rumored to have a delayed release date. Everyone is saying that the movie might be coming to the theatres only in 2020. That is a shit load of time to wait for Wolverine and the Hulk to finally share the same screen frame.
However, there might be a silver lining for this dark cloud as well. Marvel might be playing the long game here. The X-Men are far too important a superhero community to be wasted on a meager Post Credits sequence alone. The Studio might be looking for something more substantial. In the recent most adaptation of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Visual dictionary, it was said that the Mind Stone merely triggered something “latent” within Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. This implies that the mutant X-gene, the reason for the existence of mutant kind in the Marvel Comics, exists in some form within the MCU as well. If that is the case, then we are fine with Marvel trying to ensure that the X-Men come out into the screens guns blazing rather than like a wet cannon.
The Avengers are far too important for the Marvel Studios as well. If the Studio starts focusing on the introduction of the X-Men, it might compromise the quality of Avengers 4, which is supposed to be the culmination of 11 years of the MCU. Disney cannot afford to screw it up. After all, being in a hurry is the only reason the DCEU failed in the first place. Why would Marvel try and become the next franchise in line? Slow and steady wins the race, Marvel. Just don’t screw it up. We all have high hopes for you guys. Let us all hope that the X-Men and the Fantastic Four get their chance to shine after 2020.
Avengers Infinity War has already witnessed its Blu-Ray and DVD release. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.
The last movie to be released under the Marvel banner was Ant-Man and the Wasp. The official film synopsis for the movie reads:
Scott Lang is grappling with the consequences of his choices as both a superhero and a father. Approached by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym, Lang must once again don the Ant-Man suit and fight alongside the Wasp. The urgent mission soon leads to secret revelations from the past as the dynamic duo finds itself in an epic battle against a powerful new enemy.