The biggest story in entertainment at the end of last year was Disney’s agreement to purchase most of 21st Century Fox. That includes Fox’s movie studio, which owns the movie rights to X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. All of those worlds will soon be accessible to Marvel Studios, but according to studio boss Kevin Feige, it’s still too early for them to think about it.
In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Feige insists that Marvel is still very focused on the present and near future. The films that we already know they’re making are the studio’s only priority.
No. It’s all about getting Infinity War finished and out, starting Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Untitled Avengers, the next Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3. These are the ones that are keeping us busy. When and how that deal with Fox finishes and comes together and we’re told, ‘Hey, now you can start working on it. Now you can start thinking about it,’ is when we’ll actually start thinking about it. I will say just the notion of having what, frankly, most other companies with [intellectual property] have all along, which is access to all of their characters, that would be fun.”
That is about as much as we could expect Feige to say at this point, and he’s probably telling the truth. Marvel Studios has a reputation of always being so many steps ahead, which is why people assume Feige and his team already know everything they’re going to do with X-Men and FF for the next ten years. There really has not been the time or necessity, however, for Marvel to work on that.
They are just getting into their final production of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel (since Avengers 4 has already completed principal photography). The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel starts filming in a few months, so there is plenty of work to do to get that ready.
It’s still too early to devote much energy to a deal that could fall through for any number of reasons. Those scenarios are all unlikely and the Disney-Fox deal will most likely close, but Feige has enough on his plate with all of the characters he currently has access to. Marvel Studios can develop Black Widow and sequels to Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel to get them through the first couple years after Phase Three.
They will be just fine to wait until next year, when the Fox deal is likely to close, to develop movies for mutants and the First Family. Even if they’re tempted to start work a little early, I still don’t see them engaging in anything more than brief “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” conversations until the back half of this year.
By fall, Marvel Studios will have released all of their films and also completed all of their principal photography for the year. Avengers 4, Captain Marvel, and the next Spider-Man will all be in post and GotG Vol. 3 will be in pre-production. That could be a period that offers a little spare time to kick around some ideas about the Fox characters.
Disney and Fox will also be several months into the regulatory process at that time, so everyone should have a much better idea as to whether or not the deal will be challenged in a manner that might ultimately prove prohibitive.
If everything still looks like smooth sailing, then Marvel Studios can start shifting just a little focus toward X-Mansion and the Baxter Building.
SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly