Deadpool and the X-Men Might Become Avengers Afterall According to Marvel Boss Kevin Feige

Even though Disney now owns the rights to Deadpool and the X-Men, there are still a lot of questions surrounding their introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It makes sense for Marvel to continue the success of Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool and eventually reboot the X-Men franchise, but exactly what that looks like remains a mystery. While fans continue to theorize about the fate of Deadpool and the X-Men, Marvel president Kevin Feige just confirmed that both franchises might join the Avengers at some point.

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Marvel’s Deadpool Ryan Reynolds | Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Disney buys Deadpool and X-Men

Disney’s recent acquisition of Fox gave the network access to some franchises that have been kept out of the MCU. Most notably, this includes Deadpool and X-Men, the former of which has experienced success on the big screens.

Reynolds has come out with two solo Deadpool movies, both of which were very successful in the box office. Given the franchise’s popularity, it would be a huge mistake to move forward without its lead actor.

X-Men, on the other hand, has produced a number of different flops in recent years. Marvel has not revealed any plans for the franchise, but a lot of fans are expecting a full reboot.

Marvel has been tight-lipped about its plans for X-Men and Deadpool, though the studio’s president just confirmed some major news about their future in the MCU.

Feige dishes on Deadpool and X-Men becoming Avengers

In a recent interview, Feige was asked about the chances of X-Men and Deadpool making appearances in future Avengers movies. According to HN Entertainment, Feige revealed that there is a good chance both franchises will join the Avengers at some point in the future.

“Is there any reason to believe they would not be integrated with the Avengers and these characters as well at some point?” Feige was asked.

“No. No reason to believe that,” he responded.

There are plenty of Avengers storylines that have featured X-Men characters over the years. This includes Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), though she was not introduced as a mutant in the MCU.

As fans will recall, Scarlet Witch gained her powers through one of the Infinity Wars in The Avengers. In the comics, she is introduced as a mutant, a storyline Marvel could adopt moving forward.

Other X-Men that joined the Avengers include Dr. Hank McCoy, Rogue, Cable, and Storm. Cable (Josh Brolin) was already introduced in Deadpool 2, though we still don’t know if Brolin will reprise the role now that the franchise is under Disney’s control.

When will we get ‘Avengers 5’?

Earlier this summer, Marvel announced their full lineup for Phase 4 of the MCU. While there are a lot of good projects in the works, the studio did not make any mention of Avengers 5.

Feige later confirmed that the next Avengers movie is not a part of the studio’s plan for the next five years. This is not all that surprising considering how Marvel is introducing a bunch of new characters as it starts a brand new chapter in the MCU.

The good news is that we might get Deadpool 3 before we get another Avengers film. Reynolds and his team are reportedly in the pre-production phase of Deadpool 3, which could be out in theaters at the beginning of Phase 5 at the earliest.

Everything we know about ‘Deadpool 3’

Although there is a great chance that Marvel moves forward with Deadpool 3, the movie has not been officially confirmed.

In a recent interview, Deadpool writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick revealed that they hope Marvel will allow them to keep the franchise’s R-rating. They are also hoping to play with other characters in the MCU, which could be very interesting.

“The plan and the hope is that Marvel allows us to continue Deadpool in his R-rated universe that he lives in and also, hopefully over time, we get to play a little bit in the MCU sandbox as well,” Wernick explained.

As far as a release date is concerned, we still don’t know when Deadpool 3 will hit theaters. Marvel has already revealed the dates of all of its Phase 4 projects, so the film will likely be put off until Phase 5.

If that happens, the movie could be out as early as 2022 or 2023, depending on when other projects, like Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, and Blade, get released.

Reynolds has not commented on the reports surrounding the Deadpool franchise, but it is definitely exciting to see what they come up with now that they are a part of the Disney family.