Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, should it be successful, will have many repercussions for the entertainment industry. The one that comes up the most, though, is the fact that Marvel Studios would get the rights to characters like the X-Men, Cable, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four.
It would allow so many iconic properties to be folded into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which would have been a part of it long ago had it not been for their lawful "exile" at other studios. With such a momentous moment just on the horizon, we're all eager to see how the deal will play out, but no one is more anxious than Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
“I sit waiting for a call saying yea or nay from people above me,” he said at the Produced By conference in Los Angeles, where he looked back on the first 10 years of the MCU, which recently celebrated its first decade with the release of Avengers: Infinity War. Nevertheless, Feige's comment seems to imply that he's ready to use the X-Men and Fantastic Four at the drop of a hat, should they return home safely to the Disney-owned Marvel.
And while the Disney-Fox deal would give Feige a bigger sandbox with which to crank out more movies and thus more money at the box office, the Hollywood power player claimed he isn't that interested in box-office receipts.
“It’s the creative aspects that interest me,” he said. Allowing directors like James Gunn and the Russo Brothers to exert their own visions on these movies is important, despite the fact that Joss Whedon and Edgar Wright were known to have engaged in major creative disputes with the studio over Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, respectively.
These well-publicized disagreements notwithstanding, Marvel's presence on the big screen continues to grow ever larger with more and more A-listers (both filmmakers and actors) wanting a part of the action.
Even if the Fox deal doesn't come through, exciting things will continue to happen at the studio. For instance, Captain Marvel, arriving in theaters next March, will be the first MCU project to be directed by a woman, Anna Boden, who shares the job with longtime collaborator Ryan Fleck. When asked if audiences could expect the company to hire more female directors in the future, Feige's response was short, but incredibly reassuring:
“I can promise you that a heck of a lot of them will be."
The next movie to join the MCU will be Ant-Man and the Wasp on July 6.