Marvel Comics has spawned thousands of characters during its long history. With the arrival of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it became possible for less-known characters to gain more popularity among the general audience. Although MCU introduced many B and C-listers to the big screen, a handful of A-list Marvel characters weren’t present in the franchise yet. We are talking mainly about the characters Marvel Studios didn’t have rights to before Disney’s acquisition of Fox in 2019.
The acquisition of Fox brought X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Deadpool back under Marvel Studios’ umbrella, and we know that ‘Deadpool 3’ and the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot are on the way. ‘Deadpool 3’ will depict Ryan Reynolds’ titular character as he eventually travels around the Multiverse to join the MCU. Reynolds’ Merc with a Mouth is the only Fox character that won’t get a recast upon joining the MCU. Although Hugh Jackman will also return as Wolverine, it’s known that X-Men will be entirely rebooted once they fully join the franchise.
Marvel Studios will soon start looking for the writers for the ‘X-Men’ project.
Judging by the current release schedule, it appears that we won’t see an ‘X-Men’ movie in the MCU before the ongoing Multiverse Saga concludes with ‘Avengers: Secret Wars,’ which is actually a good idea since Marvel Studios has some A-listers saved for later to keep the franchise fresh. The MCU was always about a perfect balance of A-list and less-known characters, and X-Men might be what the Avengers were during the Infinity Saga.
This year’s WGA strike was recently resolved after 148 days, which means the studios are allowed to start negotiations with the writers for future projects. According to Deadline, this Fall, Marvel Studios will start looking for writers to hear their pitches for the ‘X-Men’ reboot. Although it’s going to take a few years for this project to enter active development, it’s known that Marvel Studios tends to think far ahead.
X-Men gained popularity among cinemagoers in the early 2000s with Fox’s ‘X-Men’ franchise, which started with the original ‘X-Men’ movie in 2000. The franchise spawned many sequels and spin-offs, including the ‘Wolverine’ trilogy and ‘Deadpool’ duology. The franchise was officially concluded in 2020 with the release of ‘The New Mutants,’ which wasn’t so well-received.
Although it’s going to take a few years for the ‘X-Men’ movie to happen in the MCU, the fans of this superhero team shouldn’t worry since Disney+ is developing ‘X-Men ’97,’ a revival and continuation of the original ‘X-Men’ animated series, which ran on Fox Kids Network between 1992 and 1997. We really hope the upcoming series will keep the original series’ iconic intro.
Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and a couple of other X-Men (Stefan Kapičić’s Colossus, Brianna Hildebrand’s Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Shioli Kutsuna’s Yukio) will be a part of the MCU through ‘Deadpool 3,’ and there might a chance that we’ll see them again before The Multiverse Saga concludes. With the start of Phase 7 and MCU’s third saga, we bet that a new roster of X-Men then get their chance to shine.
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