November 22, 2016


X-Men & Fantastic Four Joining Marvel Cinematic Universe Is an 'Impossibility' for Now

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After years of Sony holding the Spider-Man rights in its clutches (and producing a barrel of non-good movies with 'em), Marvel was finally able to welcome the web-slinger into its capacious Cinematic Universe earlier this year. After young actor Tom Holland's Captain America: Civil War introduction, a standalone MCU movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, will arrive in 2017.

So, after Spidey, will more comic book icons be welcomed from their distant homes into the loving arms of Marvel Studios proper? Like, say, the X-Men (who are doing okay on their own so far), or the Fantastic Four (who are very much not)? "It’s an impossibility at this juncture," president Kevin Feige tells Variety in a wide-ranging new interview. "We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes."

Last month, Feige was asked if the turnaround with Sony indicated good things to come with 20th Century Fox, which has the rights to X-Men. "Well, it’s the same as it has always been," he told Collider. "I don’t want to attribute it as a frozen wasteland or anything like that. We all get along and I see them occasionally but there’s no change in any dynamic."

Variety's new Feige interview also touches on Brie Larson's upcoming role as Captain Marvel, "who has powers that approach a level that we haven’t seen before in our films," and why Feige remains anxious about "every scene and every character in every movie," despite the studio's many billions of dollars made.