Kevin Feige talks about the relationship between Marvel Studios and Fox


It doesn’t look like a collaboration between Marvel Studios and Fox will be happening anytime soon.

Fans have been hoping that Marvel Studios will ultimately reclaim the properties that it doesn’t own. They were successful in getting back characters like Daredevil and the Punisher, and they even inked a deal with Sony to use Spider-Man. Now, the Fox-owned Fantastic Four are the characters that fans arguably want back at Marvel the most, and according to Kevin Feige, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now.

Feige recently sat down with Collider and revealed that there has been no real change in the relationship between the two studios. He also stressed that the relationship is no way adversarial, but that they’re mostly just keeping to themselves:

"“No, but I would say there’s not like there’s anything frozen that there needs to be a thaw. There’s no weirdness. It is just very very cut and dry, and they’re doing their thing, and they’re doing it quite well in most regards, and we’re doing our thing.”"

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This really isn’t that surprising. Fox has held both the Fantastic Four and X-Men film rights very close to the chest for years. Also, Marvel Studios has not shown (at least not publicly) a desire to reacquire the Fantastic Four.

I think we can all agree that Fox hasn’t had the easiest time with the property. The first two Tim Story-directed films that were released in 2005 and 2007 were moderate box office successes, but critical failures. And, let’s just say that Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four (2015) wasn’t exactly what fans were hoping for.

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In a perfect world, Marvel’s First Family would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, Fox must still see potential in the franchise if they are not willing to let it go after three misfires. It’s definitely unlikely that any kind of deal will be struck between the two studios in the near future. But if the Spider-Man agreement has taught us anything, it’s that anything is possible.