Two of Marvel's biggest properties are still owned by 20th Century Fox, and they are holding onto them pretty tight. So with them not willing to let go, we are seeing the X-Men in their own universe, separate from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now obviously most of us fans would love to see the X-Men in the MCU, but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Maybe they would consider it if we all asked nicely?
We can all hope and dream.
Also owned by Fox are the rights to Marvel's first family, The Fantastic Four. Their reboot comes out this summer. It was revealed that the Fantastic Four and the X-Men will have some sort of shared universe. Obviously everyone is following Marvel's cinematic lead on this. Deadpool is also within this 20th Century Fox universe.
Simon Kinberg said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly:
The reboot of ‘FanFour’ really needed to work in and of itself. We were doing something pretty radical with the tone of the movie. If we wanted to find a way to connect them to the X-Men, we could. There’s a lot of precedent from the comics.
So if there is a shared universe for these properties outside of the traditional MCU, it could lead us to a pretty great story from the comics. Which story?
Fantastic Four Versus the X-Men
For those of you not familiar with this story, it's pretty good. Basically the X-Men have to go to the Fantastic Four to seek help with healing Kitty Pryde, who's phasing powers are in jeopardy. I don't think they will stick with that, being that Kitty Pryde sort of put a nice stamp on her role in the X-Men films in "Days of Future Past." The story all begins with Reed and Sue's son, Franklin, having a nightmare in which Reed kills off the Fantastic Four and the X-Men.
While they may adjust a little bit, they have all the meat and bones to piece this story together. Since the main villain is Doctor Doom, they could totally use this to their advantage.
I'm not sure how far they will go with the relationship of Sue and Reed, but I'm thinking they might not be ready for children just yet. You have to remember that they are focusing on the Ultimate Fantastic Four, which is a much younger team.
One of the biggest reveals of the four part series from 1987, is that Reed purposely flew them into the cosmic rays, which transformed them into the Fantastic Four. It was so that Reed could help fight super villains, which were becoming more prevalent. This causes Johnny Storm and Ben Grimm to quit the team.
This could be 20th Century Fox's answer to Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet all-hands-on-deck film. They can incorporate all there characters into a Fantastic Four vs. the X-Men, and that could include Deadpool and Gambit, who's also getting a solo film.
We could see some pretty big events transpire in the 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse." Plus the timeline is all over the place thanks to everything that occurred in "Days of Future Past." They're dealing with different dimensions in the new FF, so really anything is possible. Simon Kinberg is involved, and he hasn't given me a reason to not trust him. Yet.