Disney / Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox to join forces and merge the X-Men film franchise into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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In an exclusive early morning press conference that Bam Smack Pow was privy to, Disney / Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox made an unprecedented announcement—the X-Men film franchise will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The marriage of these two film universes will usher in a new age of Marvel comic book films.
Soon, Tony Stark, Nick Fury, Steve Rogers, and countless other MCU characters will be able to use the word “mutant” without legal repercussions. That also means psionic abilities will be acknowledged. In the past, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD explicitly stated the non-existence of those powers in the MCU. However, after today’s breaking news, things will change.
Of course, there’s a big lingering question on fans’ minds: how are they going to pull this off? MCU godfather Kevin Feige was present to answer that very question:
"For years, there’s been this perceived rivalry: the MCU versus the X-Men universe. As someone embedded within the daily workings of the MCU, I can say that there was no such battle or competition. We just saw it as, “Hey, we have our characters, and they have theirs.”In fact, it was this very same attitude that got us to where we are today. Our decision to finally merge these two great universes has been in the works for about two years. So it’s not being done lightly. I thought about what our characters were trying to accomplish … the world we were trying to build. After all, the old adage states, “Story is king.”Everything became apparent when I thought about where we wanted to go after Avengers: Infinity War. We originally planned to have a part two, but as most of you learned last year, we changed that to another film set to be released on May 3, 2019. We wanted to offer something new … something that didn’t follow the comics."
For those who don’t recall, Marvel Studios originally planned to film Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 back to back. That plan was later scrapped, and the date previously held by Part 2 was taken up by an untitled sequel.
The strange thing about Feige’s usage of language here is he states it’s “another film.” He doesn’t mention the word “sequel” anywhere. Feige then continued with the most revealing parts of the plan—a film titled “Marvel’s Mutant Ascension” and FX’s Legion:
"We thought long and hard. Did our wheeling and dealing. But before I go further, let me introduce director and producer Bryan Singer, and writer and producer Simon Kinberg [Singer and Kinberg take the stage to applause and cheers]. Well, this isn’t awkward [laughter and cheers from the audience].As I said, we planned for about two years for this. After Thanos and the Infinity Stones, where do we go? What’s the next challenge for Tony, Steve, Thor, and the rest of this giant family of heroes? Avengers: Infinity War will lead into Marvel’s Mutant Ascension closing out Phase Three. And Phase Four, which kicks off with the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, will officially be known as The Mutant Saga.We’re all familiar with the Infinity Gauntlet being able to rewrite reality. But as I said before, we wanted to offer something slightly different. Some of you may have heard of a television series that received a small niche following … FX’s Legion."
Bryan Singer quickly took over and described how Legion will create a “door” for the two universes:
"There’s been a huge debate on whether or not Legion is actually set within the X-Men universe. I’m here to tell you that it is. David Haller, the son of Professor X, is an Omega-level mutant. That means he’s very powerful … powerful enough to warp time and reality.During Legion Season 2, we will see David grow in his abilities. We won’t go into details, but the events of Avengers: Infinity War coupled with David’s power, will open the door for the MCU and the X-Men franchise to meet."
As always, the presenters didn’t take any questions, and the press conference ended shortly after the announcement.
This plan sounds similar to the partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures that brought to life a new incarnation of Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland), allowing him to join the MCU in Captain America: Civil War. However, this Spider-Man wasn’t part of an existing universe of films.
The grand plan announced today has the MCU joining up with the overall X-Men franchise which includes all the X-Men films, Deadpool, and the upcoming Deadpool sequel. It is definitely a large and daunting effort, but one which both studios will reap enormous benefits.
We don’t know which episode David Haller will be using his powers to create the “door.” What we do know is that you don’t need to be a powerful psionic mutant like David to know that it’s April 1 and this is an April Fools’ prank. Happy April Fools’ Day from all of us at Bam Smack Pow! Maybe one day, this fantasy will no longer be a joke, but reality.