Fans of the MCU are all too aware that, for all its strengths, the population of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe is still short of a couple of the comics’ most popular superhero teams – the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. Now Stan Lee — the man behind both teams, as well as most other popular Marvel characters — has given us his thoughts on the matter.
While the film rights to most of Marvel’s biggest characters are currently in the hands of Marvel Studios, allowing the characters to appear in the MCU, there are a few exceptions. One notable case is Spider-Man, whose film rights currently belong to Sony, but who is appearing in Marvel Studios movies thanks to an agreement between the two companies. The X-Men and Fantastic Four, however, remain firmly in the hands of 20th Century Fox. There has been no word of negotiation between Marvel and Fox and so it has seemed unlikely that fans would get to see the Fantastic Four or the X-Men crossing paths with the Avengers. However, Lee thinks a Marvel reunion may not be a million miles away.
Speaking at Wizard World Nashville, Lee said:
“Sooner or later, they’re going to get the rights back to all our characters. They’re working on it and they’re still making X-Men movies and stuff. Don’t worry about it, you’ll get more Marvel superheroes than you have time to look at in the next few years.”
Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of Lee’s comments was hearing him say “they’re working on it”, suggesting there may already be discussions about rights going on between studios. Whether this means we’re likely to see Marvel take back the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, or at least come to a mutual arrangement as they did with Sony and Spider-Man, we will have to wait and see.
As Lee pointed out, even without the rights reverting to Marvel, we’re still getting plenty of X-Men movies. Both X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, as well as Deadpool 2 are currently in the works over at Fox.