A new report suggests Marvel Studios could introduce the Fox characters to the MCU through joint projects such as The Defenders.
After Disney completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, control over characters such as the X-Men and Fantastic Four was transferred to Marvel Studios. Since then, fans have been eager to learn how Marvel Studios plans to introduce the Fox characters to the MCU, though details on the company’s plans for the future have been limited so far.
Now, a Deadline report suggests Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige may not introduce certain Fox properties through standalone films and could gradually debut some heroes through “blended” projects with established MCU characters instead. An example suggested by the outlet is a project centered on The Defenders, a superhero team from the comics that has included MCU heroes such as Doctor Strange and the Hulk as well as Fox characters like Silver Surfer and Angel.
A version of The Defenders was the center of a Marvel/Netflix series of the same name and included Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. However, the terms of the deal between Marvel Television and Netflix prevents these Defenders teammates from appearing in the feature films for a set period of time.
During the Marvel Studios Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige confirmed plans to include mutants and Fantastic Four in the company’s projects for the future. However, details and release dates for projects involving the Fox heroes were no provided.
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