As Marvel Studios’ third phase of their Cinematic Universe unfolds, Warner Bros. in the early stages of their DC Extended Universe while 20th Century Fox continues to find success with their X-Men franchise and its various spin-offs. Marvel Studio’s president Kevin Feige spoke with Variety about the increasing competition and whether or not deals similar to one made with Sony regarding Spider-Man could be made with other studios for more crossover events.
After the landmark deal between Sony and Marvel Studios wherein both parties agreed to co-produce a new Spider-Man film, fans began to wonder if similar deals could be arranged between Marvel and other studios. One particular studio on the minds of most fans was 20th Century Fox, who owns the film rights to popular characters including the X-Men and Fantastic Four.
According to Feige, the door on an agreement between Marvel Studios and Fox to bring the X-Men or Fantastic Four into the MCU appears to be closed for the foreseeable future.
It’s an impossibility at this juncture. We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes.
When asked if he was concerned about the growing competition as DC unfolds their own cinematic universe, Feige did not appear to be worried.
What other people are adapting from the comics medium, I watch with as much interest as I do any other movies. Because I’m a fan, and I want to see what other people are doing in the world.
I’ve always believed in expanding the definition of what a Marvel Studios movie could be. We try to keep audiences coming back in greater numbers by doing the unexpected and not simply following a pattern or a mold or a formula.
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