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.
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So it’s probably safe to assume everyone here has seen Logan? Well, based on how well it did in the box-office I think 20th Century Fox is taking notes. Now that they have both Deadpool and Logan under their belts, I’m sure they will be bringing more X-Men characters to the big screen as soon as possible.
There are so many great X-Men arcs to choose from, but I think focusing on personal stories and fewer characters is a way to ensure the movie connects with an audience. Mutants were originally composed as a metaphor for the Civil Rights movement, and that issue is still very much so alive in our society. I’m not saying every movie needs to be political, but they all have the potential to be about so much more than destruction and boss battles. Fox focuses on smaller, personal stories that show mutants in a different light. Sure they can kick ass, but let’s make sure they always feel like real people, as Logan did.
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