Marvel Studios has been moving ahead at full force after launching the MCU with - at the time - B-list characters. Since then, the likes of Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, and others have become heroes known around the world. Even though they didn't need the extra help, Marvel and Sony joining forces to bring Spider-Man under the MCU umbrella is already turning out better than they could have expected. Since the deal seems to be working for both sides, rumors have continued to swirl that Marvel and Fox have been working to bring not only the Fantastic Four back home, but the X-Men as well.
These rumors have so far been nothing more than speculation, but every fans obviously wants to believe that talks between the studios could be happening. Unfortunately, if they are... one of the biggest creative leads in the MCU have yet to hear anything about it.
In a recent interview with ComicBook to promote the Blu-Ray/DVD release of Captain America: Civil War, co-director Joe Russo was asked about a Fox/Marvel deal happening in the near future. Unfortunately for fans, Russo's words are less than inspiring. In fact, he explains why a potential deal with Fox will be more difficult to arrange than what fans got with Sony for Spider-Man:
"As far as we know, right now there isn't talk regarding the X-Men. I don't know if behind-the-scenes there were conversations or if there are conversations happening but we certainly haven't heard of any... Sony and Marvel had a relationship through Kevin [Feige] and Amy [Pascal], and through us and Amy. That's really how Spider-Man came about. It requires a certain alchemy and a very special situation for studios to share properties.
"There was not talk on Civil War about the X-Men."
All things considered, it's no surprise that either of the Russos would deny any talks of the studios currently trying to work out a deal to bring all of Marvel's characters back under their control. Even if talks had taken place, Marvel is known for its secrecy (and would hardly want to push expectations of a deal higher by confirming talks).
The future of the MCU looks as bright as ever, while Fox is solely looking at Wolverine 3 set to come out next year - a schedule shaping up to be a major year for superhero movies (with production on Deadpool 2 starting in the spring). Following the lukewarm reception of X-Men: Apocalypse, the appeal of a deal with Marvel Studios is as strong as ever. Then again, studio heads could be waiting to see how the collaboration on Spider-Man: Homecoming works before relinquishing control of a popular franchise.
What do you think of the idea of Marvel's Avengers and Fox's X-Men crossing over into the same universe? Would a possible multiverse be preferable, possibly hinted at in Doctor Strange? Or do you think this is one crossover that may not be worth the risk?
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019; Untitled Avengers – May 3, 2019; and as-yet-untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.