Disney+ Subscribers Could Be Quietly Getting the ‘X-Men’ Movies Soon

The X-Men could be coming soon, Disney+ subscribers.

When Disney+ was first announced, fans salivated over the wealth of content the streaming service might offer. In addition to the Disney brand itself, the company promised Disney+ would offer lots of Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars programming. However, that doesn’t mean everything fans were hoping to see would be available on day one.

Some Disney-owned movies, for instance, are still tied up in licensing deals with chief competitor Netflix and other streaming services. Little by little, Disney+ intends to expand its catalog to include not only 2019 releases but also blind spots in its back catalog. One of the most egregious omissions from the site? Every single X-Men movie.

Hugh Jackman at the 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' premiere | Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic
Hugh Jackman at the ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ premiere | Gilbert Carrasquillo/FilmMagic

Why aren’t Fox’s ‘X-Men’ movies on Disney+?

After Disney purchased Fox, fans assumed the 12 X-Men movies the studio produced from 2000 to 2019 — or, at least, most of them — would be available on Disney+. But other than a trio of animated series, the streaming service remains shockingly devoid of anything X-Men.

Exactly why the Marvel mutants have been missing remains somewhat unclear. One could argue leaving the X-Men movies off allows Disney+ to more closely tie its content library to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the fact that Fox’s final X-film, Dark Phoenix, was one of 2019’s biggest flops doesn’t help the series’ case.

But the more likely reason might be, once again, outstanding licensing deals. Several of the X-Men films were streaming exclusively on the fuboTV platform when Disney+ launched. We speculated then that the franchise could join the Marvel section of Disney+ once those deals expired. Now it looks like it’s finally moving in that direction.

The Marvel mutants could be coming to Disney+

Disney and Marvel haven’t officially made any announcements about when Disney+ subscribers could expect the X-Men films to be available. But international residents have already begun to get access to them. Because international licensing is handled separately, this turn of events shouldn’t be particularly surprising.

At the moment, Disney+ subscribers in Canada can stream most of the X-Men films. Eight movies are currently available, with Dark Phoenix as the only release in the main series unaccounted for. In addition, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013’s The Wolverine are included as well.

This news seems to indicate it’s only a matter of time until Disney+ subscribers in the United States will also be able to watch the X-Men films at their own convenience. Moreover, Dark Phoenix will likely show up there at some point too.

What about ‘Logan’ and the ‘Deadpool’ films?

Of course, the entire X-Men franchise isn’t on Disney+, not even in Canada. The three R-rated installments — 2016’s Deadpool, 2017’s Logan, and 2018’s Deadpool 2 — are nowhere to be found. Since these are three of the most successful X-Men movies, their absence may seem strange but not when one considers Disney+’s core audience.

The new streaming service has always intended to cater to a largely family-friendly crowd. For example, The Simpsons is available to stream on Disney+, whereas Family Guy is not. To that end, fans shouldn’t expect these harder-edged X-Men movies to make it to Disney+ at all.

Instead, Hulu will probably add Logan and the Deadpool movies as soon as any licensing complications expire. Since Disney also owns Hulu, many consider the streaming service an alternative destination for the studio’s content. For instance, X-men series The Gifted is already available to stream there. In any case, fans might not be able to catch all the Fox X-Men films on Disney+, but at least the bulk of them seem to be coming soon.