We’re still not sure what lies ahead for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2020 and beyond, and some of the biggest questions relates to the Disney/Fox merger which is expected to be completed early next year.
Once that done, Fox’s Marvel properties like “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” will come under the control of Disney and Marvel Studios. Many fans expect that to mean we’ll see a new Wolverine and the like sooner, rather than later, in the MCU.
However, speaking with Playback podcast this week, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says the company isn’t rushing ahead at this point. Asked directly about the merger and its impact on Marvel Studios he says:
“We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year. The notion of the characters coming back is great. It’s nice when a company that created all these characters can have access to all those characters. It’s unusual not to. But in terms of actually thinking about it and actually planning things, we haven’t started that yet.”
Feige also spoke about the passing of Stan Lee and offered a very touching thoughtful comment:
“I was there not for every one but for almost every cameo he’s ever shot going back to ‘X-Men’. He was very special. I’ve never heard one story of somebody meeting Stan and not being overwhelmed with excitement. He never disappointed. In some ways I never thought this day would come. Kirk Douglas just turned 102. I thought Stan was going to be there. And in the same way it doesn’t seem like he’s gone. His influence will never go away.”
Lee’s most recent on-screen appearance was a cameo in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and that film’s co-writer Rodney Rothman tells IndieWire this week that numerous versions of Lee’s scene where shot with different tones. Ultimately though they went with the version that had “the lines that had the most meaning to him”.
“Avengers: Endgame” opens April 26th 2019.