KEVIN FEIGE CONFIRMS DISNEY-FOX MERGER WON'T AFFECT CURRENT MARVEL STUDIOS SLATE
Eager to see the X-Men potentially team up with the Avengers in the future, thanks to the upcoming potential Disney-Fox fusion? Well, that may not be happening for a while yet -- at least in terms of the current crop of already-announced films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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According to a Vulture interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, it's much too early to even start considering a potential character merger -- so don't expect characters like Wolverine and Captain America to start hanging out any time soon.
At the premiere of Marvel's Black Panther in Los Angeles, Feige confirmed that Disney's intended acquisition of 20th Century Fox will not have any effect on the MCU films previously made public: "We’ve announced everything through 2019, so none of those would be adjusted."
What about the future -- meaning post-2019 and beyond? Feige was tight-lipped on any details, but admitted that most of the decision-making in regards to this merger was "above [his] pay grade."
For now, Marvel seems to only be focused on the previously drawn-out future. "We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced," Feige said. "If and when the deal actually happens, we’ll start to think more about it. Until then, we have a lot to do."
Marvel Studios' slate of future releases currently consists of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Ant-Man and the Wasp (which just released a new trailer) in 2018. Captain Marvel, an untitled fourth Avengers film, and an untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel are intended for 2019 releases. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 is reportedly in production with a 2020 release date.