It may not quite be a tale as old as time, but the long-running "will they/won't they" that #Fox and #MarvelStudios have been playing out for the past few years sure does seem that way sometimes. After all, the two companies have been rumored to be discussing a crossover between either the #FantasticFour or #XMen (or indeed both) and the #MarvelCinematicUniverse for years now — despite a complete lack of anything actually coming of such murmurings. What's more, with Sony and Marvel having developed a solid working relationship in recent years — one that has brought #SpiderMan into the #MCU, no less — and Fox's non-#Deadpool-centric superhero offerings struggling at the box office somewhat, the rumors don't seem likely to go away in the foreseeable future.
The only problem?
It Really Doesn't Sound Like Fox And Marvel Are Going To Do A Deal Anytime Soon
That, at least, is the most obvious takeaway from Marvel Studios head honcho #KevinFeige's recent interview with Collider, in which he gave some brief insight into the current status of Fox and Marvel's working relationship. Asked whether or not the "iceberg between Fox and Marvel [has] started to thaw," or if it's "still a frozen tundra," Feige revealed that:
"Well, it’s the same as it has always been. 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."
Which, by the sound of it, sounds distinctly like confirmation that Fox and Marvel aren't going to be teaming up to bring their two universes together anytime soon.
Is There Still Hope For Fans Hoping To See The X-Men Turn Up In The MCU, Though?
Well, sort of.
It is of course entirely possible that Feige is being cannily disingenuous when he says that "there's no change in any dynamic", since if he and a Fox executive of some sort have been secretly discussing the possibility of a crossover for some time, and are continuing to do so, then that line would be entirely honest, yet completely misleading. That, though, seems an awful lot more like wishful thinking that an accurate reading of the situation on the ground, with Fox's success with Deadpool and Marvel's already-crowded schedule seeming to give both sides plenty of cause for contentment with the situation as it currently stands.
For as long as Fox struggles to make a billion dollars on an X-Men movie, or to get anyone to go to see a Fantastic Four film, though, the rumors are going to continue — and there's always the chance that someone at Fox, or Marvel, will get to thinking about whether they might not have a point, after all. It seems far too late in the day for Avengers: Infinity War to feature any of Fox's merry mutants, but 2020 is set to bring a whole new (fourth) phase to the MCU — one in which a reality-hopping crossover with the X-Men or Fantastic Four could well prove to be a huge money-spinner for both parties.
That, though, remains very much a long shot, and it seems far more likely that neither Fox nor Marvel currently has all that much interest in the difficult, compromise-filled negotiations that would be required to hammer out a deal of such great commercial magnitude.
Just, y'know, don't expect those time-worn rumors to go away any time soon. This is still Hollywood we're talking about, after all.
In the meantime, what do you think? Will Fox and Marvel ever team up on the big screen, and if so, how will it go down? Let us know below!