While the merger of Disney and 21st Century Fox leaves many worried about what it will mean for the film and television industries, fans of Marvel hope it will usher in an era of unity between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the characters Marvel Comics licensed to the studio during their bankruptcy in the 1990s. In fact, they are even hoping this week’s Avengers: Infinity War will make some sly reference to the Merry Mutants or the Fantastic Four’s eventual appearance in the films’ collective continuity.
But Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told The Playlist that it will be sometime before he seriously entertains the idea of bringing those characters into the MCU. As a matter of legality, Marvel cannot draw up official plans until the deal closes late this year or early in 2019. And even after that, Disney and Fox will begin the long process of integrating Fox’s assets into Disney’s various divisions. “It won’t impact the five movies we’ve announced,” Feige said. “And it probably wouldn’t impact anything for a handful of years after that.”
At that point, anything could — and probably will – happen. But the studio boss maintains it is something they are “not thinking about.”
“We’re thinking of delivering on what we promised,” he added, referring to the current Phase 3 and early Phase 4 film projects. “Any movie, especially for any characters we don’t have the rights to yet until someone tells us we do, would be even further after that.”
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