If someone were to ask me what my one wish would be for superhero movies, this would be it: The X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The X-Men are Marvel characters, so you wouldn't think it would be so hard, but alas, it is. Before Disney purchased Marvel, Fox had owned the rights to the X-Men film properties for over 10 years. The same goes for Sony and Spider-Man. However, once Marvel got put in the right hands and released hit after hit, fans began to wonder if we would ever see X-Men or Spider-Man on the same level in the MCU.
Knowing the value of the characters they possessed, Sony refused to fully relinquish Spider-Man to Marvel, but understand the millions of more dollars that could be made if the studios were to share him. Thus, the Sony/Marvel deal was brokered, and Spider-Man: Homecoming is on the horizon.
As for Fox, their possession of X-Men has been non-negotiable, as X-Men is one of their biggest money makers, and has been for over 15 years. Despite fans cries, Fox continued to make X-Men films with Bryan Singer at the helm, and Marvel began to write the X-Men out of the MCU and comics. Scarlet Witch and Quicklsilver were declared NOT to be mutants, when for the most of their comicbook lives, they were known as the children of Magneto. The X-Men were effectively being written out of any Avengers related storyline, so that they could be used in the MCU.
Well, fans have new hope, as Fatman on Batman producer Matt Key revealed on an episode of Collider Heroes that he has sources reporting Marvel and Fox have begun very early talks about the X-Men joining the MCU in the future. Key told Collider:
“I’ve heard from a few of my sources, my little birds, that Fox and Marvel have… kind of talked, but not really, but like there’s interest from Fox, like, ‘Ooh, y’know, what they did with Sony and Spider-Man is actually pretty cool, like, maybe…’ We’re years away from that ever possibly happening… but I think that’s what it would take… Fox joining hands with Marvel…”
Beyond Key's word, nothing else has been confirmed, but after seeing what Marvel and Sony have done with Spider-Man, I have no doubt Fox may have interest in a similar deal. As someone who has been less than impressed by the last few X-Men films, I am all for it. Fox has exhausted their X-Men Universe, so just the fact that they may be willing to chat about sharing the X-Men is progress.
After 16 years of making these films with the same director, we need something fresh and Fox can't provide that alone. I had hopes with X-Men: First Class, but Fox gave in and returned the X-Men films to Bryan Singer, whose interpretations of many beloved X-Men characters have been met with criticism.
Fox really dug themselves a hole when they ignored the events in First Class and took on Days of Future Past, skewing timelines and writing characters — like Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique — as heroes just so they could be the lead of the film, banking on the actress' fame to bring in the money. X-Men: Apocalypse was one of the least critically successful X-Men films to date, and though it performed decently in the box office, it does prove moviegoers may have grown tired of Fox's handling of the franchise. The excitement around the film just wasn't the same or nearly as good as Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, which was box office gold and starred Sony's Spider-Man. The time has come to let it go, Bryan Singer.
That being said, Fox should absolutely be involved in the X-Men franchise; they have groomed it for over a decade, and we wouldn't have had Hugh Jackman as Wolverine without them. There has to be a middle ground that Marvel and Fox find to bring the X-Men into the MCU and do it right.
All I ask is that they let Marvel handle the X-Men as they have Spider-Man, from casting to creative control. I have high hopes that we will someday get the flying super-strength Rogue we deserve, the Phoenix Saga we deserve, and the X-Men timeline we deserve. Maybe even an X-Men vs. Avengers film... now that I'd sell my soul to see.
Would you like to see Marvel take creative control of the X-Men from Fox?