With fans mounting rising questions about the fate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Disney’s acquisition of Fox, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Deadpool will all be joining the MCU.
According to Deadline, Iger told Disney investors:
“We have the opportunity to expand iconic franchises for new generations of fans just as we have done with Marvel and Star Wars. The obvious example is Avatar, which is still the single highest grossing film in history. We’ve already worked with James Cameron to span the storytelling into a spectacular new land called Pandora. […] We’re also looking forward to expanding the Marvel cinematic universe to include X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool and reuniting all of the Star Wars movies under one roof, which opens new opportunities for that franchise.”
The deal will also give Disney an almost one third stake in Hulu, so we might be seeing a lot of MCU and Star Wars films making their way exclusively to the platform soon.
As of now, the only characters that aren’t under Marvel’s film umbrella are Venom, Black Cat, Silver Sable, Morbius the Living Vampire, Nightwatch, and some select Spider-Man characters, with Sony technically still owning the Spider-Man film rights. Still, this gives Disney huge possibilities to work with a new set of plot lines and scripts.
With the incorporation of so many newly-relicensed characters, what kind of storylines do you want to see in the MCU? Let us know in the comments!