In the early 2000 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe was still a distant dream. So the company sold the rights to adapt some of its most successful franchises to Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four) and Sony (Spider-Man). Currently, Marvel needs to make deals to bring these heroes to the MCU. But according to Stan Lee, this outlook is about to change:
"Sooner or later, they will regain the rights of all our characters. Marvel Studios executives are working on it, and X-Men films and derivatives are still being made. But do not worry. You're going to have more Marvel superheroes than you'll have time to keep up with all that's ahead for the next few years, "said the pop culture icon during a talk at a comic book event in Nasvhille.
What does that mean? That if Lee is correct, it's only a matter of time before characters such as Wolverine, Cyclops, Jean Gray, Professor Xavier, Magneto and even Deadpool also land on the Marvel Movie Universe. Taking into account that Kevin Feige - who has already stated that he intends to have all Marvel heroes in the future - and Amy Pascal succeeded in securing the participation of Peter Parker (Tom Holland) in the MCU, it is possible that Marvel executives use this negotiation as a model - possibility that has been ventilated behind the scenes for some time.
However, it is worth mentioning that the situation is completely different. When Sony allowed Spider-Man to integrate the canon of the Marvel Studios films, the hero was not on the rise in the film world. After the failure of The Spectacular Spider-Man 2, there were no concrete and / or viable plans for a reboot of the Webhead saga. On the Fox side, things are going really well, thank you.
Although not yet found the right way to adapt the Fantastic Four, the producer managed to establish a very strong cinematic universe around the X-Men, creating a successful franchise and countless spin-offs with great potential. In addition, the resounding and surprising success of his films produced for over 18 years (Deadpool and Logan) shows that Fox has complete mastery over his intellectual properties, reaching countless bands of viewers successfully.
So, Feige and Marvel will need to negotiate a lot to really count on the X-Men and the Fantastic Four on the MCU. On the other hand, as the information came from Lee himself, this may be a sign that conversations are already at a more advanced stage at the moment. Anyway, it is necessary to wait to see what will be the unfolding of the next chapters - and will Leonardo DiCaprio (The Return) really interpret Lee in his biobiography?
X-Men: The New Mutants (12 for April of 2018), Deadpool 2 (mid of 2018) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (1 of November of 2018). Marvel, in turn, also has three feature films ready to be released: Thor: Ragnarok (26 October), Black Panther (15 February 2018) and Avengers: Infinite War (26 April 2018).
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