When Marvel Studios reached a deal with Sony Pictures back in 2015 to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where he would appear alongside characters such as Captain America and Iron Man, many fans (understandably) got their hopes up that a similar deal with Fox might be reached. With Fox holding the movie rights to many of Marvel’s most popular characters, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four, Marvel would effectively be able to use any of its characters in its shared cinematic universe if they were able to strike a deal with the rival studio.
In a new interview with Variety, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked whether or not a deal with Fox could be reached. In response, Feige said that although Marvel and Sony were able to reach a deal that allowed the former to introduce Spider-Man into the MCU, a similar deal with Fox would be an “impossibility” at this point in time.
“It’s an impossibility at this juncture,” said Feige. “We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes.”
Unfortunately, Feige didn’t clarify whether reaching a deal would be impossible because his studio already has so many movies or because Marvel and Fox just can’t play nice with one another, but this certainly seems to shut the door on the possibility of seeing the X-Men meet the Avengers on screen for the foreseeable future. At least we have Spider-Man, which would have seemed impossible only two years ago.