With Walt Disney Company purchasing 21st Century Fox, the biggest takeaway was the possibility of including the X-Men franchise into the expansive Marvel Cinematic Universe. After all, the X-Men are part of the Avengers in the comic books but in the movie world they are separated by studios.
It was a forgone conclusion that the X-Men would join Disney’s Marvel branch, but only recently did Disney CEO Bob Iger officially confirm this.
In talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Bob Iger opened up about multiple topics, including the Disney-Fox merger and naturally the X-Men topic came up. He expanded upon what the studio is planning on doing with the franchise.
I think it only makes sense. I want to be careful here because of what’s been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.
Iger was careful with his wording though it did confirm what we all expected. Like he said, it only makes sense for this to happen. The X-Men are Marvel and the MCU will greatly benefit from adding some new marquee characters to its lineup now that it’s 20 movies deep.
The interview also slightly touched upon Deadpool’s role in the MCU, but Iger kept things close to the chest only saying, “Kevin [Feige] has a lot of ideas.” Unfortunately he didn’t go further into the topic, leaving us with a major tease.
Disney and Marvel haven’t disclosed their plans for the X-Men franchise, so it is still unclear when the first MCU movie based on the characters will arrive in theaters.