Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox isn’t yet a certainty, but it seems likely at this point with franchises like “Alien,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar” soon to be ready to set up shop in the Mouse House.
The one property that fans are all excited about the possibility of is the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Deadline reports this week that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is “said to be eager to get his hands on the X-Men Universe”.
Of course this will take time as even after the deal is announced, it still requires regulatory approval and Disney is legally prohibited in managing its pending acquisition for about a year, during which time it will likely start to determine what to do with the studio’s numerous franchises.
This means Fox’s 2018 film slate will be left pretty much intact including the three X-Men properties that have already completed filming – “The New Mutants,” “Deadpool 2” and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”. The fate of those still in development however, including the Channing Tatum-led “Gambit,” the “X-Force” film and James Franco’s “Multiple Man” project remains unclear.
Should the acquisition go through, the X-Men property would almost certainly be rebooted with new actors in the key roles, but very likely no introductions until well into the fourth phase which begins after the currently filming and nearly wrapped fourth “Avengers” film opens in May 2019.