With the Disney/ Fox merger now a done deal, anticipation for 20th Century Fox’s Marvel properties joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe has only ramped up. While it’s still unclear what the timeline will look like, Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed that it’s only a matter of time before the X-Men at least are part of the same universe as the Avengers.
Speaking to THR on a variety of topics, including the current plan for how to integrate Fox’s Marvel properties, Iger was asked if Marvel would end up taking over the X-Men franchise. Iger not only confirmed it’s happening, but also that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will be the one overseeing it all.
“I think it only makes sense,” Iger said. “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 also addressed the biggest elephant in the room: “could [Deadpool] become an Avenger?”
“Kevin’s got a lot of ideas,” Iger said. “I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?”
Iger followed those questions up by touching on how Marvel plans to integrate these various properties and, well … it doesn’t sound like it’s going to be easy.
“Very good question. We’re going to take the best people from both companies and that’s who’s gonna basically be on the playing field for us. Meaning, talent will prevail. Fox Searchlight is a great example. You look at FX, NatGeo. Yeah, you’re buying libraries and brands, but you’re also buying the people. I’m not gonna talk about specific people right now except to say that I’ve met with virtually the entire senior management team at Fox, and I’m not only fully engaged with them on what the possibilities for them might be but I”m excited about the prospects.”
The Fox deal isn’t expected to finalize anytime soon, so it will still be a while (years likely) until we start seeing the MCU welcome the likes of Wolverine and the other X-Men, but it’s reassuring to know there’s a plan in place already.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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The X-Men movie franchise is sure to look quite different under the Marvel Studios banner, but here are a few things you may not have known about the current run of films:
X-Men Movies: The Hidden Details You May Have Missed
The X-Men film series has been going strong for the better part of two decades now now and as with most comic book adaptations, each film in the series has been packed with a heap of callbacks and Easter eggs, some of which aren’t always evident upon an initial viewing (or even multiple viewings). This is by no means an exhaustive list of every hidden detail found in the X-Men films, but it would also be pretty incredible if you managed to notice every single of the following Easter eggs and references.
24. The Once & Future King
When we first meet Charles Xavier in X-Men: Apocalypse, he’s reading a passage from T.H. White’s The Once and Future King to his class. This is the same book that Magneto is seen reading in his prison cell in X2: X-Men United and what’s more, it’s even mentioned by Xavier during another lesson in the same movie. The title of White’s book is a reference to the alleged headstone marking the grave of King Arthur and in the comics, it’s one of Xavier’s favorite books. In fact, Xavier sees himself as a Merlin figure as opposed to Arthur, given his relationship as trainer and mentor to his students. It’s safe to assume that Magneto probably sees himself in more of the “once and future king” variety.