Now that Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox is complete, information is starting to come out regarding the future of some of the properties involved in the deal. When it comes to the newly acquired Marvel properties, there are lots of characters that have the potential to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years.
For the first time ever, Marvel Studios has access to all of the characters that laid the groundwork of Marvel Comics. The Fantastic Four is the First Family of Marvel for a reason – they are the title that helped launch Marvel in 1961. And the X-Men titles have been some of the best-selling and most influential comic books for years. Not to mention the success of the movie franchise dating back to 2000. These properties are now “home.”
However, even though Marvel can do as they please with these newly acquired properties, they may surprise some fans with what they choose to do with them. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is expected to be the only character from any of the X-Men movies to make the jump to Disney. (For those saying “But Disney… Rated R…” Disney CEO Bob Iger has confirmed multiple times that a popular, R-rated version of the character could exist at the studio.) Now that’s not to say that popular characters such as Wolverine, Jean Grey, or Cyclops won’t show up at some point, but it’s safe to assume that the versions that do won’t be the versions that we know and love. But let’s be honest, nobody loves Cyclops. Jean Grey barely loves Cyclops.
But before it reboots the franchise, Disney will be releasing X-Men: Dark Phoenix (in theaters June 7). It marks the first X-Men movie released by the studio and comes from longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg, making his directorial debut.
Disney also inherited writer-director Josh Boone’s New Mutants. There are some questions with this one though. New Mutants still has an August 2 release date but it may be in trouble. There are rumors that the film could end up on Disney Plus or Hulu rather than receive a theatrical release.
After Avengers: Endgame hits theaters, Marvel has just one movie scheduled for official release: Spider-Man: Far From Home in July, a co-production with Sony Pictures. Even though Disney’s release schedule contains the most untitled Marvel movies yet (two in 2020, three in 2021), there is no word regarding if or when an X-Men or Fantastic Four movie will make it into production. Black Widow and The Eternals are expected to begin filming this year and Shang-Chi will likely start shortly thereafter. Sequels to Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are also in development.