Since the Disney Fox deal completed back in March, people had been wondering whether a quick scene including the mutants could have been shot and added, but that just wasn’t plausible. Brandon Davis from Comicbook.com asked the Russos exactly the same question, and Joe Russo replied that it just wasn’t logistically possible.
But in 2-3 years, could we see mutants step into the MCU? Well yes and no. Kevin Feige probably is the best man running any franchise/studio he never really lies to the fans. He just reveals things straight forward about what the plans really are. And when asked about the X-Men, he did not give us a window for their debut, but he did say that we’ve to be very patient.
Here’s what he told io9 at a recent Avengers: Endgame press event:
“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.”
So there you have it. “A very long time” doesn’t even fit into the next 3 years probably since Marvel already has things sorted for the next 5 years at least. There can obviously be little changes here and there, as the creators of all the upcoming movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2 and even Doctor Strange 2 could actually use mutant characters if they want to. James Gunn has talked about wanting to use Silver Surfer in the past and wouldn’t it be nice to bring Storm into Black Panther 2?
Well, we shouldn’t bet our money upon it but all these are just possibilities of what the future could shape up to be. The bottom line is that we will have to wait for the next 4-5 years because Marvel is going to take their time. They have never really rushed into productions anyway, as they know that it is important to get things right. With the X-Men come a major variety of characters that would enter an already crowded Cinematic Universe. So, it’d be good if we just wait for the right time.
3 years down the line is still a very long time, and even though we might not get any X-Men movies, we could probably still get Deadpool movies set in the same Universe as Deadpool 1 & 2. Disney could continue that, but Other than that we could actually get a new Fantastic Four movie set in the confounds of the MCU. It might take time to incorporate mutants as they cannot just pop in out of a sudden, but it shouldn’t take as much time to bring in Marvel’s first family of Superheroes.
Whatever it may be, things won’t be as swift as we’d want them to be. Marvel has proven time and time again why they are the best brand in Hollywood, so we should respect that and give them the right time that they require. In the meanwhile, they’d already been running 8 franchises, and adding the likes of Fantastic Four & X-Men would just turn out to be so damn difficult for anyone.
As far as Marvel’s future plans are concerned, Kevin Feige did mention that we shouldn’t expect any announcements until Spider-Man: Far From Home releases. Here’s what he said:
“I don’t wanna be annoying, but I think it … In a certain way, that is also sort of a post-Endgame spoiler. I will say all of the post Comic-Con, post Spider-Man: Far From Home stuff, we … Here’s an exclusive. We’re gonna keep making movies. We’re gonna still keep making movies after these two. And we will talk about them soon after Spider-Man: Far From Home comes out.”
Still, don’t expect announcements regarding X-Men when Marvel announces the slate for the next 3-4 years.