Fox’s X-Men movies, for better or worse, have always been a staple of the superhero genre. For years, they were able to operate separately from Marvel Studios proper, even as the MCU started up in 2008 with Iron Man.
However, that’ll be changing in the future now that Disney has acquired Fox, a deal that went through last year. The merger returns the X-Men to Marvel Studios, allowing them to put the mutants into their ever-growing cinematic universe. In fact, there are already plans to do so, though exactly when the X-Men will make their MCU debut is unclear.
The immediate future for the X-Men seems bright now, but a year ago, it was vastly different.
Dark Phoenix was the second to last Fox X-Men film (with only The New Mutants left to go), and though there wasn’t a lot of hype surrounding the movie to begin with, many were surprised at just how much Dark Phoenix struggled upon release.
Saddled with poor reviews and general distrust of the franchise following the clunky X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix had an opening weekend lower than any other X-Men film, which led to it becoming the biggest financial loser of 2019.
Kinberg Really Wanted to do MCU’s X-Men
Nearly a year later, Kinberg seems to have recovered from Dark Phoenix‘s poor performance, at least in terms of being willing to try again. Dark Phoenix was Kinberg’s directorial debut, though he had spent years producing Fox’s other X-Men films.
During a watch party of X-Men: Days of Future Past with IGN, Kinberg revealed he would be more than willing to take on another X-Men movie for the MCU. “I’ve dedicated a lot of my life to Logan and Deadpool and the X-Men and would love to do a fresh take,” he said.
Fans are eagerly awaiting any updates about when they can expect the mutants to arrive in the MCU. When Feige hinted at their X-Men movie last year, it sounded like it wouldn’t come for a few more years. That might be the case, but mutants could still appear in earlier projects.
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