A question that is always raised about the Marvel Cinematic Universe is when will the X-Men show up? The answer has always been whenever the lawyers say so.
Good news though! It seems as if that day is coming soon. Disney (who owns the film rights to the Avengers) and 21st Century Fox (who owns the film rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four) are discussing a merger and it looks like talks are nearly finished. If the deal goes through it is rumored that we will see the X-Men in Infinity War and certainly after that.
This is a very exciting time for superhero fans and already people have guesses as what this all means.
2017: Disney buys Fox movie and TV— I'm Bread and I'm Not Even Cool At All (@Breadknight) December 6, 2017
2018: Small teases are shown for X-Men and Fantastic Four in Infinity War
2020: Avengers 4 is revealed to have been reworked into Avengers: Secret Wars, bringing X-Men and FF into the MCU
2040: Earth has been purchased by Disney, fans thrilled.
We can't help but wonder why this is happening now. The leading theory is that Disney is concerned about telling new stories after Infinity War and introducing the X-Men gives them new characters and storylines to explore.
It also explains why Marvel Studios President Kevin Fiege has been continually promising something new after phase three ends.
I wonder if the FOX/Disney merger has factored into Marvel's reluctance to announce any Phase 4 movies yet? Either way, smart move on their part. Can't wait for a Spidey/Wolverine team up. In the mean time -- Infinity War.— Philip Asher (@pmasher) December 5, 2017
I guarantee 76% of Disney’s interest in buying Fox is based on their ownership of Marvel & wanting all Marvel properties back for the post Infinity War MCU— William Rufus DaMane King (@rod4short) December 5, 2017
THEORY: If the Disney acquisition of Fox actually happens, the real reason phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been kept so tightly under-raps was not due to Infinity War spoilers, but because it contains X-Men, Fantastic Four and other Fox-Marvel characters. pic.twitter.com/bXF53y3ADl— Wesley Gore (@jwesleygore) December 5, 2017
If Disney buys Fox that will open the door wide open for the MCU. Tony Stark will die in Infinity War and Reed Richards will be the new brains in the avengers. Maybe take spidey under his wing so he can fully see the good and evil of being a genius. Idk. RDJ dies no matter what— carlos diaz ii (@C_RoscoeHarper) December 5, 2017
while people may be calling others out on focusing on the CBMMarvel side of things with the Fox/Disney deal, let’s be honest - with the Infinity War films coming I’m *sure* Disney thought about the possibilities of how to sustain the MCU after 2019 and now they have the answer.— Anton Volkov (@antovolk) December 5, 2017
Fox acquired the film rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four in the 1990's. The Spider-Man film rights were also sold to Sony during this time, but we all know how that turned out. Now people are hoping Wolverine and friends make a similar entrance.
I'd be kinda impressed if Infinity War Part 1 ended with the Fantastic Four and X-Men showing up. KINDA.— Hank Pattison Ω☠ (@HLHPattison) December 3, 2017
Personally, I'd like to see Scarlet Witch create all the Mutants at the end of Infinity War like a reverse House of M. If you don't know what means, then you will be in for a real treat.