Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Movies Will Be Released As Expected; Marvel Won’t Start Thinking About Incorporating Them Until Late 2019

To clarify, Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox and the 20th Century Fox film studio won’t be complete until sometime in mid-2019, so until that happens, Disney will not be developing any projects with Fox’s current properties, which include ‘Alien’, ‘Avatar’ and ‘Predator’, but the fandom gold medal is definitely the ‘X-Men’ and (to a lesser degree) ‘Fantastic Four’ franchises, which comic fans are hoping (or dreading) to see woven into the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Disney will release all planned ‘X-Men’ movies as they have been set, meaning the completed (or mostly so) ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’, is still due on February 14, 2019, with ‘New Mutants’ on August 2, 2019.  As you may recall, both movies were supposed to come out this year but were bumped so as not to detract from ‘Deadpool 2’.  Speaking of ‘Deadpool’ Fox will continue developing the movies it already has in the pipeline and that includes a likely third ‘Deadpool’ and ‘X-Force’.

As one Fox executive said, “We’re doing the only thing we know how to do, which is put one foot in front of another.”  Things are business as usual at Fox for the time being.  But that’s existing business.  Reportedly, agents are no longer sending new projects their way because of the uncertainty about what will happen when the merger is finalized and thousands of jobs at the studio are lost.

Some eager fans were hoping that there would be some reference to the X-Men in ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ but that was presumptuous as the buyout hadn’t been finalized yet.  (And still hasn’t.)  While for some fans the idea of the X-Men and Fantastic Four joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a dream come true, there are others with reservations.  First of all, there is the fact that Fox has been more experimental with the ‘X-Men’ brand, allowing rated-R films like ‘Logan’ which earned an Academy Award nomination and the super successful ‘Deadpool’ movies which would be nothing without the crude language, ultra violence, and nudity.  For others, the ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ brands are tainted for lack of a better word.  The first two ‘Fantastic Four’ movies were mostly forgotten and the third was a dismal failure.  ‘X-Men’ has been recast and rebooted, with several inconsistencies and a convoluted history that rivals that of the comic books.  For instance, the ‘Dark Phoenix’ saga has already been adapted in a film and is about to be depicted a second time.  Granted there were some time travel shenanigans… do you see my point?

Then again, it’s possible that Marvel Studios is about to reboot.  Nothing is known about ‘Avengers 4’ and very little is known about what will come after.  But after ten years and many expiring contracts, some sort of reboot has to happen to account for the likely departures of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans for starters.  If Marvel has to reboot anyway, that could make it easier to introduce new versions of Wolverine and the rest in a clean, streamlined way.

We’ll have to wait and see, but at this point, don’t expect any news about the Fox characters switching over to Disney until at least sometimes later next year.  Then again, if things fall into place neatly, there could be an announcement at San Diego Comic-Con in July.  Just a year until we find out!

Source: Wall Street Journal

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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