The X-Men Won’t Debut in the MCU For a While, But Fans Are Actually Glad

A new, unified Marvel Comic Universe is on the horizon, but the changes might take a while.

And X-Men fans are excited about the merger, but they’re not as anxious about the whole order as you might expect. In fact, fans actually want the company to take its time. 

A unified Marvel Comic Universe

Kevin Feige speaks onstage
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With the merger of 20th Century Fox and Disney Studios, Marvel Comic Universe will finally have control over all its characters, including X-Men and The Fantastic Four.

Previously, the characters were split between the studios, which was a difficult and unusual arrangement. Everyone seems excited about the merger, especially the president of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige. 

“It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters,” Feige told the Variety podcast Playback. “…”It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”

The merger means that the X-Men will now be under creative control of Feige and Marvel Studios. But longtime X-Men producer, Lauren Shuler Donner isn’t worried. Instead, she trusts that Feige will know what’s best for the franchise. 

“He’s got a great story sense,” Shuler Donner told Slash Film about Feige. “He’s got a great ability to weave each world and weave those worlds together. I trust him and I trust that he will take care of the X-Men.”

It will take time to integrate X-Men with Marvel Studios

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Even though everyone is excited about the merger, and looking forward to seeing X-Men characters in upcoming movies, it’s a process that will take time to complete. According to Feige, the studio is still celebrating the transition, and only at the beginning of a five-year plan. 

“It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set,” Feige told io9. “So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”

One thing the studio does know for sure: they’re going to need a new Wolverine. 

Unfortunately, Hugh Jackman just isn’t up to the task anymore. As Shuler Donner explained to Slash Film, with previous films, Jackman had to doing some major bulking up for the role. But he’s getting older, and there comes a point where the body just can’t take that anymore. However, Jackman understood this, and was wise enough to tell the studio, “I’m at that point. I can’t do it.”

So, X-Men will need a new Wolverine. And there are still many more similar decisions that will need made before the franchise can fully integrate. It’s going to take time. 

Fans aren’t in a hurry to see X-Men with Marvel Studios

Fans certainly want to see their favorite X-Men characters alongside other Marvel heroes, but they also understand the complexity involved. Fortunately, they’re not in a big hurry. A recent Reddit discussion about the delay highlighted the fact that fans would rather it was done correctly than quickly. 

“That’s a good thing. Don’t rush it,” one fan wrote. 

“The question is do you want them to introduce them in a half assed fashion now for no reason except that relatively cheap fan service, or when they’re ready to introduce them and can actually do the characters and their stories justice?” Another fan asked the thread. 

Some were convinced that Marvel would wait to introduce X-Men until the studio was running out of other options. 

“It seems at least plausible that they’re saving them to help prevent any franchise fatigue,” one user pointed out. “It’s not a given that the MCU will continue to be a phenomenon in its second decade, even if it appears likely. Especially without some of its most iconic characters. If Phase Four sees diminishing returns with some of the lesser-known heroes, it’s entirely possible Disney is hoping to inject new life into the franchise with X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

The reaction from fans seems clear. They care about X-Men and want it done correctly, even if that means it’s going to be awhile.