I am pretty sure Disney now owns the film rights to FOX properties which include X-Men and Fantastic Four, so what happens from here?
Producer, Kevin Feige, has been the man behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) since its inception way back in 2008 when Iron Man was released in cinemas across the world. Since then, the MCU has managed to pump out 20 plus films, with more in active production and grossed over $17 billion at the box office making it the most successful film franchise of all time.
All that from a company starting off with a bunch of B-list superheroes.
Back in the day, kids had Star Wars growing up, waiting three years between each film and trying to predict where the characters would end up. Nowadays the kids are waiting anywhere from three to six months trying to see where the world of characters will go.
When it comes to the MCU, Kevin Feige has been known to have years worth of story ideas planned out. Famously he once announced the Phase 3 films going so far as to than fool everyone and change the title of Captain America’s latest film from Serpent Society to Civil War. On stage, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans and the newly cast, Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman walked out. This is how Kevin works. The man is years ahead of any other big studios, and Disney is the only company in recent years to successfully establish and grow a movie cinematic universe. Others have tried and failed (Dark Universe, Spider-Man, X-Men/Fantastic Four and DCEU).
Now however, the question is, with Disney only recently buying out Fox to obtain all their film distribution rights, and in the process gaining back the Fantastic Four and X-Men characters, where does the Marvel Cinematic Universe go from here?
Every website on the planet has speculated widely about how the MCU could introduce the FOX heroes into the Universe, and while it would be a little jarring to have mutants suddenly just appear, it’s not entirely stupid to have it simply be a matter of, Professor X hiding them from everyone. After all, he is the most powerful telepath on the planet, and hiding mutants and their powers isn’t completely unheard of.
But that is a little too easy, and kind of ruins the fun of bringing such iconic characters to the MCU. So how is it done?
Well that what this is all about. All of the following are my thoughts and theories only. Nothing has been confirmed, and nothing has been leaked. These are just a man sitting behind a computer.
Introduce the characters after Avengers Endgame. The snap from Thanos wiped out exactly half of the population on earth and other planets. Obviously in Endgame the Avengers assemble once again and defeat Thanos reversing the snap and setting everything as it was once before. From set pictures and leaks, we know the original six Avengers are still here and back together forming the core group. We also know the Avengers go back in time to the events of the first film, Battle of New York. We have a fairly good idea this is done via the Quantum Realm, so it’s safe to assume the Avengers will be time hopping to retrieve the infinity stones so Thanos can’t cause the decimation (the snap).
So is it possible the wiping out of half the population and returning the population also brings people back…a little different?
If you watch the TV series The Inhumans, you’d understand that people with abilities already walk the Earth thanks to the Terrigen Mist capable of activating latent powers. But Inhumans aren’t mutants, and the Terrigen Mist will kill mutants. Also, mutants are born with an X gene, which makes them different from birth. The X gene usually manifests itself around puberty or sometimes even before that.
So if the X-Men do come back after the Avengers return the population, I’d be a little disappointed. The entire reason Charles Xavier and Erik Lenhsherr work so well is because they were created during the civil rights movement of the late 1950s – early 1960s. These two characters were heavily influenced by Martin Luthor King Jr and Malcolm X. Taking them out of that era to modernise the characters just feels off. Especially considering Erik feels mutants are hated and mistreated much like the Jews were during World War II. Another important trait of the character.
Sure you could bring those events forward for the modern age, much like Tony Stark finding his origin set during the post 9/11 world, but a major parts of Charles and Erik work because of the 1960s time.
Because of that, you’d need to have the mutants present during the 1960s. Mutants were hated and misunderstood just as the blacks and gays. It worked for the time, and again, could work in modern era, but feels so right at home in the 1960s.
I’m all for the characters being introduced during the 1960s. Have Logan alive during the second World War and the rest is history. The only problem with that, is how do you bring characters like Cyclops and Wolverine into the modern times to interact with others like Spider-Man, Captain America or even Scarlet Witch?
Well, tune in tomorrow and find out my second idea.