You know who would likely make a really great X-Men movie? Marvel Studios! Well, duh, of course the company that created such fan favorite characters should know what to do with them. Or at least that's what we're all hoping.
But those mutant characters have been off limits for Marvel, with the rights belonging to 20th Century Fox, who, with 2000’s X-Men, arguably kicked off this whole superhero zeitgeist we currently live in. (Perhaps not coincidentally, Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige earned his first producing credit on that film.)
Alas, after news that the X-Men rights would get transferred back to Marvel with the big Disney acquisition, hopes were high that Marvel would in turn create the greatest X-Men movie ever. But as time has gone by since the official announcement of the merger last July, perhaps some have started to lose faith that Feige and his comic-inspired cohorts will ever get to play in that big mutant sandbox.
Well, now we have reason to hope again.
“We’ve been told it’s looking very, very good and could happen in the first six months of next year,” Feige told Variety recently. “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.”
Granted, Feige is only referring to the moment Marvel Studios can begin developing any X-Men projects — and we all know how long development can take.
But hey, this seems like plenty good reason to get our hopes up yet again, right?
And in the meantime, we have Fox’s remaining X-Men effort to tide us over, with Dark Phoenix opening June 7, 2019. And if that’s not enough mutant action for you in the interim, The New Mutants also drops August 2.
With Marvel Studios taking over control at about the point both these movies open, it stands to reason they could be the final entries in the OG X-Men franchise.