Marvel Studios closes out its first decade of business with “Avengers: Endgame” in just a little over two weeks from now and those hoping to see a new Wolverine unfurl his claws in the post-credits scene – you’re out of luck.
Though Disney and Marvel have acquired the rights to 20th Century Fox’s Marvel properties, they’ve not been making much in the way of plans for them.
In fact Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, out doing press for ‘Endgame’ this week, says much of their post-Endgame plans were set in place before Disney bought Fox and so working them into the MCU is going to take time:
“It’ll be a while. It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of [the Fox sale] was set. 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.”
This would suggest Marvel will put the X-Men on ice for a few years and probably won’t even begin to bring them back until sometime well into next decade. With two “X-Men” films this year, and eleven previous ones since 2000, the franchise resting for a few years is not a huge surprise.
However, Feige’s comments don’t rule out “Deadpool” which is considered separate to the MCU anyway, or the possibility of a “Fantastic Four” reboot.
In terms of MCU films “Black Widow” and “The Eternals” are seemingly set for next year, “Shang-Chi” and “Doctor Strange 2” for 2021, and “Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3” for 2022 with further “Black Panther,” “Spider-Man” and “Captain Marvel” sequels likely.