Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige On If ‘Fantastic Four’ & ‘X-Men’ Acquisitions Sped Up MCU Plans

The multiverse is expanding with each new project.

Kevin Feige Avengers Marvel Studios Phase 4 Multiverse Black Widow Scarlett Johansson MCU Fantastic Four X-Men

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed if the acquisitions of the Fantastic Four and X-Men characters impacted the MCU’s concrete plans.

Industry heads rolled when Disney announced that it would be purchasing 21st Century Fox for a whopping $71 billion. This acquisition also allowed Marvel Studios to get its hands on the rights to characters like The Fantastic Four and X-Men. These new characters could considerably expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as open up thousands of possibilities for the multiverse, which is currently in its infancy.

In a recent chat with Collider, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige discussed how having access to new characters was a great way to explore new stories. However, they didn’t necessarily impact the plans the MCU had in place.

“I think the Ancient One mentions it in Doctor Strange 1, when she’s taking Stephen Strange through that mind-warping journey. And it was always one of the most powerful storytelling tools in the comics – one you have to wield carefully because it can get overwhelming, but one that now with the 80-year history of the comics, now we have a 20 plus history of the movies, and there are enough characters that we can start playing with it that way. We mention it, obviously, as part of Mysterio’s ruse in Far From Home. I think the toys that were added to that toybox increased with that Fox acquisition, but it didn’t change the timetable on when we were introducing the idea of the multiverse.”

Details are slim on how the Fantastic Four and X-Men will be introduced into the MCU, though Kevin Feige has previously mentioned that these projects are moving ahead. With the multiverse set to fully explode in Spider-Man: No Way Home, it remains to be seen just how long we have to wait to see these Fox characters.

Here is the synopsis for Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: No Way Home:

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighborhood hero is umasked and no longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero. When he asks for help from Doctor Strange the stakes become even more dangerous, forcing him to discover what it truly means to be Spider-Man.

Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Marvel’s latest stars Tom Holland, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, J.B. Smoove, Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Benedict Wong, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alfred Molina.

Spider-Man: No Way Home will hit theaters on December 17, 2021. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding Tom Holland’s future as the character and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.

Source: Collider