As Kevin Feige finally gives an update on the status of the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans of the world’s highest-grossing franchise are unsurprisingly a little p*ssed at the news they’ll be waiting a while for Charles Xavier’s Gifted Youngsters.
With the Fox/Disney merger finally going through, Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix will be the final X-Men outing before the House of Mouse gets its hands on those marvellous mutants.
Kinberg will round off the franchise that first started way back in 2000 with Bryan Singer’s X-Men and rebooted with 2011’s X-Men: First Class. It looks like A-listers James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Sophie Turner will be out, leaving a big question mark over who’ll play the team when they eventually join the MCU.
Audiences have been clamouring for any form of update on what’s going on with the X-Men, leaving Feige to finally shed some light on the situation. Feige confessed to io9: “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 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.”
When Feige’s grim prognosis started doing the rounds online, fans were less than impressed:
— Eli Anci (@eli_anci) April 8, 2019
— Kaylin ︽✵︽ (@amber_kaylin) April 8, 2019
— captain trash (@flamnhotsadness) April 8, 2019
wait…………..5 yrs? pic.twitter.com/E7nKwf27Lo
— ⛧ (@jcbaia) April 8, 2019
— Xtremely Angsty X-Men (@AngstyX) April 8, 2019
— RIP.NIPSEY (@CruxEZz) April 8, 2019
Others were pleased with the news and said they’re willing to wait as long as it takes for the MCU to get the X-Men right. Being brutally honest, the current roster of X-Men have started to feel a little tired since their introduction in First Class.
X-Men: Apocalypse was hardly an Oscar-worthy movie and things aren’t looking much better for Dark Phoenix. Well, there’s plenty of time for Feige to decide what he’s going to do next.
Personally, I’m just excited to see where those gifted youngsters go next. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has done a stellar job of weaving superhero origin stories into its world, while the likes of the Fantastic Four and X-Men offer an unlimited number of storylines about where the franchise could go next.
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