What you need to know

  • Marvel teased Fantastic Four and X-Men are coming to the MCU.
  • It's unclear if they'll be part of Marvel's Phase 4 of films and TV shows.
  • Marvel said it will approach X-Men differently than what fans expect.

Marvel this weekend finally unveiled its plans for Phase 4 of the MCU, confirming Thor 4, Shang-Chi, and The Eternals, among other projects. The studio also teased the arrival of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.

At the end of its Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel's Kevin Feige name dropped the Fantastic Four and before he left the stage, said there was no time to talk about mutants, an obvious reference to X-Men.

But don't expect the same mutants we've seen over the past decade in Fox's movies to show up in the MCU. In an interview with IGN, Feige said Marvel's approach to the X-Men "will be quite different than what's been done before."

Unfortunately, it might be a while before any of these characters are properly introduced into the MCU. Marvel shared its movie and TV schedule through 2021, but beyond that there's no definitive roadmap, which means after Thor: Love and Thunder is released on November 5, 2021, things are more up in the air.

Fans can expect films like Blade, Black Panther 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 after Thor: Love and Thunder is released. But we'll have to wait a little while longer before Fantastic Four and X-Men appear in the MCU, although they could show up in a post-credits scene much sooner than that.

Hopefully, their arrival happens sooner rather than later. But considering what's been announced for Phase 4, fans have plenty of great stuff to look forward to.

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