Since Robert Downey, Jr.’s portrayal of Iron Man hit theaters in 2008 , Marvel Studios has given us an epic film every single year for the last decade that has made up the complex and intertwining Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU for short). While some films were misses, others such as Spider-Man: Homecoming were met with critical acclaim.
For the last ten years we have been given modern portrayals of Iron Man, The Hulk (even though the film’s were complete flops), Captain America, The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Studios was finally able to get Spider-Man into the mix only two years ago to join the MCU. While we believe his introduction wasn’t the best in Civil War (read the Civil War comics, you’ll understand), however it does seem like the Web Slinger is here to stay with the MCU for now.
But there are still two groups that we as fans want even more to join the fray: the X-Men and The Fantastic Four. We will give Fox credit (the company that currently owns the rights to X-Men) that they have produced an excellent set of films for the X-Men franchise, but we still want to see Wolverine running side by side with Iron Man and Captain America and the Human Torch soaring over them. Well our prayers might be answered soon.
Stan Lee, the comic book hero legend that has created many of these iconic characters, let slip at Wizard World Nashville that Marvel Studios is in talks with 20th Century Fox and trying to get the rights back:
“Sooner or later, they’re going to get the rights back to all our characters,” Lee said. “They’re working on it, and they’re still making X-Men movies and stuff. Don’t worry about it. You’ll get more Marvel superheroes than you’ll have time to look at in the next few years.” –Stan Lee, Wizard Word Nashville
Please Stan, don’t drop a bomb like that on us and pull at our heartstrings! Let’s hope we see the X-Men and Fantastic Four fighting alongside The Avengers in the future! Until then, we still have Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther and the mega ensemble of Avengers: Infinity War Part’s I and II to look forward to and the new Phase IV MCU film lineup in the coming years.