The MCU Allegedly Won’t Be Including the X-Men or Fantastic 4 Before 2022

After the conclusion of Disney's D23 expo, reports are coming in alleging that the X-Men and F4 simply do not fit in Fiege's MCU timeline, at least not until or after 2022...

If you were hoping to see the X-Men or the F4 joining the Avengers or Guardians of the Galaxy, or god forbid Spider-Man, all on the same screen together in a team-up, you may have to wait a while.

After this past week’s D23 expo, Disney didn’t mention anything on X-Men or the Fantastic Four coming to the big screen. Allegedly, there were a lot of discussions and whispers flying around between credible sources and journalists, and the outcome of which suggests that there is a lot that needs to happen logistically within the next phase of the MCU before bringing in these characters.

You will recall that Kevin Fiege had some choice words to say about the acquisition of these characters during the Disney/Marvel x Fox merger. If you missed it, Fiege spoke with io9 earlier this year and said the following:

“It’ll be a while… It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”

Variety journalist, Justin Kroll tweeted about this in some fashion, further solidifying that Kevin Fiege is just not ready to include the X-Men or the F4 in Marvel’s CU just yet.

Who knows just how soon these characters will join the MCU, but it does make sense that it would take some time. Considering the missteps from Fox Studios on the X-Men franchise with Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, and their poor decisions with FANT4STIC (seriously, what a travesty), Disney/Marvel most likely want the embers of failure to burn out and sizzle into cold ash before they wipe the slate clean and rebuild.

a Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool and Tom Holland/Spider-Man team-up. That is literally the dream

It is simply too soon to start over with these franchises when their failures and successes are still fresh in the minds of the audience. Plus, we aren’t exactly ready to see someone else take over from Hugh Jackman just yet- are you?

We want to see the X-Men and the F4 partner with some of our other Marvel CU favorites. Our dream is to see Spider-Man and Wolverine fighting bad guys together or heck, a Ryan Reynolds/Deadpool and Tom Holland/Spider-Man team-up. That is literally the dream. Will it ever happen? Who knows. Maybe someday, maybe never. Guess we will just have to wait and see.