The arrival of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a key talking point amongst fans and executives for some time.
Until now it’s been a lot of hearsay and not many concrete details. That is until now.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has weighed in on all of the rumours and offered up an extremely positive update on the situation.
Speaking to Variety, Feige said “We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year,”
“The notion of the characters coming back is great. It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters. It’s unusual not to. But in terms of actually thinking about it and actually planning things, we haven’t started that yet.”
Feige says he hasn’t been given the official green light to start developing stories within the MCU for these characters yet, but he expects to start digging in soon.
It’s all thanks to Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s film assets, meaning the MCU could be about to get even bigger than before.
Feige isn’t the only one stirring up excitement over the future of the MCU– Disney CEO Bob Iger recently all-but-confirmed that the Fox deal will bring titles and characters back under one banner.
During the chat, Feige also opened up about the late Stan Lee’s legacy.
“I was there not for every one but for almost every cameo he’s ever shot going back to ‘X-Men,’” Feige says. “He was very special. I’ve never heard one story of somebody meeting Stan and not being overwhelmed with excitement. He never disappointed. In some ways I never thought this day would come. Kirk Douglas just turned 102. I thought Stan was going to be there. And in the same way it doesn’t seem like he’s gone. His influence will never go away.”
“It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity,” he explained. “There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”
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