'Avengers 4' Director Addresses MCU's Integration With Fox

While Marvel Cinematic Universe fans are chomping at the bit to get that first Avengers 4 trailer, the future of the MCU after Avengers 4 has been an increasingly important topic of discussion.

Phase 4 of the MCU promises to be a major "changing of the guard" event that will introduce a bunch of new characters into the franchise - but fans have been wondering if that new phase won't also be used to finally bring Fox's X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises into the MCU fold.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Avengers 4 director Joe Russo addressed Marvel Studios' integration of Fox's characters into the MCU - at least, what little he actually knows about it:

"It could be a little time, with the integration of Fox and all the Fox characters," Russo explained. "I haven't talked to [Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige] directly about it, so I don't know what his plans are. But my guess would be they're gonna integrate some of the other characters and take their time doing that."

Well, for a lot of Marvel fans some 'guesswork' by Joe Russo definitely carries weight. The Russos have hinted that they're done with the MCU for awhile after Avengers 4, so it's not a gurantee that they've had any conversations about the X-Men's future in the franchise. Then again, since they are directing Avengers 4, there's still a distinct possibility they had to be instrumental in shaping the events of the film in a way that could lead to the introduction of the X-Men and Fantastic Four into the MCU. We really don't know for sure until we really know anything solid about Avengers 4... which we currently do not.

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The Russos have been extremely withholding about any Avengers 4 reveals; online theories about when the trailer is releasing currently has fans hitting refresh like crazy on various Marvel official sites and social media profiles, as we've now reached the one-year anniversary of the first Avengers: Infinity War trailer release. Despite that, there's no real sign that Marvel Studios and/or The Russos care all that much about chronological symmetry when it comes to marketing, so the 'wait and see' holding pattern continues.

Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp are now available as a digital download as well as on Blu-ray and DVD. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019, Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5, 2019.