It sounds like the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be introducing Mutants into its ever-growing world. Just in case anyone was doubting that Wolverine may one day run into Black Panther, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the X-Men will be joining the current crop of Avengers onscreen.
As a result of the recent Disney/Fox merger, Disney will have control over the 3 Marvel properties Fox currently controls: X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. For the past nearly twenty years, Fox has been very hit-or-miss with the X-Men franchise, all-miss with past Fantastic Four film efforts and a total win with its two Deadpool mega hits.
“I think it only makes sense,” Iger replied to THR, when asked about the possibility of absorbing the Fox franchises into Marvel Studios. “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.”
When asked if the acquisition could mean that Deadpool would become an Avenger, Iger responds, “Kevin’s got a lot of ideas. I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?”
We most likely won’t hear about any of Marvel Studios’ plans for the Fox Marvel properties until late next year and it will almost certainly be a wait until 2021 until we see any of them in theatres (Deadpool sequels aside, perhaps).
In the meantime, before the Disney/Fox merger is even finalized, 20th Century Fox does have two surefire mutant releases on the docket for next year: X-Men: Dark Phoenix (February 14) and the long-delayed The New Mutants (August 2).