Ryan Coogler couldn’t think of anyone better to handle the X-Men that Marvel Studios’ chief, Kevin Feige. Two weeks before his contribution to the expansive MCU portfolio, Black Panther, comes out, the filmmaker and his whole team are already enjoying immense praise from critics and press people who were able to see the movie. And basing from what we’re hearing, it would be a no-brainer to get him back to direct the sequel whenever that comes out.
Given that, Coogler was asked about the chances of Storm popping in in the Black Panther follow-up. Being a self-confessed comic book reader, it’s certain that the filmmaker is aware of the mutant’s relationship with his protagonist in the pages of the print. And considering that the rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four are going back to Marvel soon via the Disney and Fox merger in the works, fans will obviously be clamoring for Ororo Munroe to take her place as T’Challa’s wife and queen consort, at least before they divorced.
However, during his conversation with Comicbook.com, Coogler opted to not answer the query entirely, candidly saying that he really doesn’t have that much knowledge regarding the Disney and Fox buyout. Instead, he championed Kevin Feige, sharing that the mutants will be taken good care of by the Marvel Studios head honcho.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know enough about that acquisition to even talk about it, man. I’m like caught up there while we were trying to finish the movie. So, I think, look — if it’s something that goes through, I can’t think of better hands for those characters to be in than Kevin [Feige]’s. I’ll say that.”
With how early Marvel Studios like to plant plot seeds, it makes sense that the X-Men won’t be showing up in the MCU anytime soon, Feige himself insinuated that. Those characters are headliners themselves and it would be difficult to just throw them into the mix where the Avengers are mainly the main power players. That being said, Feige’s knowledge of comic book stories will definitely make it easier for him to concoct a way to introduce the mutants in his franchise however and whenever he deems appropriate. If anything, the last minute addition of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man to Captain America: Civil War is proof that he can work his way around established plans.
It might still be a long time coming but we at least know that Feige will be extra meticulous in finding a way to incorporate the mutants and even the Fantastic Four to the existing lore that he currently has. Before he is one of the most well-known producers in Hollywood, the 44-year-old has previously worked on the X-Men films over at Fox, even having a hand at keeping Hugh Jackman’s iconic Wolverine hair from the comics. And given that this rich roster of characters could be the key to MCU’s sustainability for years to come, they better get their introduction perfect.
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