When news broke that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures had decided to team up to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comic book fans rejoiced. Moviegoers have wanted to see the web-slinging vigilante team up with the MCU's array of superheroes. The hero did just that in Captain America: Civil War, so fans began to wonder whether Marvel Studios would work out a deal to bring X-Men to their cinematic universe as well.
However, Kevin Feige doesn't think the crossover is likely.
The president of Marvel Studios recently spoke with Collider and talked about the company's relationship with 20th Century Fox. When he was asked whether Marvel and Fox were playing nice these days, Feige said their relationship is, "the same as it has always been."
"We all get along, and I see them occasionally," Feige continued. "There's no change in any dynamic."
Clearly, these aren't the words that many MCU fans were wanting to hear. Audiences have been enamored with Sony's decision to work with Marvel in their pursuits to create a long-lasting Spider-Man franchise, so they had hoped Fox would do the same for the X-Men.
Fans grew more convinced that Fox had plans to team up with Marvel Studios after the announcement of Legion, a new drama based on X-Men. People began speculating that the show would be canon to the MCU after a post on Marvel.com said the show would be "coming" to the MCU.
However, those hopes were dashed when Bryan Singer spoke about Legion and its continuity. The producer said the series would be part of the X-Men universe that Fox has created. "[Legion is] part of the X-Men universe, but when you watch it, you wouldn't have to label it, it could exist entirely on its own," Singer explained.
Singer didn't comment on a future X-Men and MCU crossover. ComicBook.com's Lucas Siegel wrote about the potential mash-up and detailed the recent rumors about Legion's connection to Marvel Studios.
"The most recent rumors all revolved around Legion, as the series is being jointly produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel TV, with head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb listed as an executive producer, and frequently talking about the show," Siegel wrote. "That sparked rumors that perhaps there was some crossover to the world of Marvel Studios. Coupled with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talking about the "multiverse" that film would introduce, and the aforementioned Marvel.com listing of Legion as a 'new MCU character to watch,' fans started to speculate and get excited that a character-sharing deal, much like Sony and Marvel have put together for Spider-Man, could be in the works."
The promise of Fox working with Marvel were only brought down further by the Russo Brothers this summer. The directors told ComicBook.com said there "isn't talk regarding the X-Men."
"I don't know if behind-the-scenes there were conversations or if there are conversations happening but we certainly haven't heard of any."
So, what do you think? Would you like to see the X-Men join up with the likes of the Avengers, Ant-Man, and more? Let us know in the comments below!