Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige knows what to say when talking the future of the MCU, something he proves once again in the most recent Avengers: Infinity War issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Feige was asked a bit about everything during the spotlight feature, because let’s be honest: there’s HOW MANY films still on the slate for this phase of the universe alone? Needless to say, it’s a lot of ground to cover, so we’re going to break up the piece into parts, because it’ll make more sense that way.
When asked about the Disney-Fox purchase and what that might mean for properties such as The Fantastic Four, Kevin admitted the focus currently is to get Infinity War out.
EW: Disney struck a deal to acquire Fox, which brings X-Men and Fantastic Four film rights back home to Marvel Studios. Have you had time to consider what you want to do with these now that they’re back in your toy box?
Feige: No. It’s all about getting Infinity War finished and out, starting Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Untitled Avengers, the next Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3. These are the ones that are keeping us busy. When and how that deal with Fox finishes and comes together and we’re told, “Hey, now you can start working on it. Now you can start thinking about it,” is when we’ll actually start thinking about it. I will say just the notion of having what, frankly, most other companies with IP have all along, which is access to all of their characters, that would be fun.
So that’s not a no, but a more realistic answer to the F4 question. EW also asked about additional characters not currently owned by Disney/Marvel that Kevin would like to see come back into the fold.
EW: We already talked about X-Men and Fantastic Four coming back to Marvel. Is there any character that’s still outside your purview, or have they all come home?
Feige: There are some with a couple of other players involved that would have to be negotiated with. Then, of course, Spider-Man is still with Sony, independent of our agreement to do the films together. But most of them are home now. If that Fox thing happens, yeah, that’ll be the majority.
Make sure to pick up a copy of the Entertainment Weekly Avengers: Infinity War issue wherever you can find it.