X-Men is the longest-lasting 19-year-long and 12-movie series of superheroes – if we take into account the three sequels from Wolverine and the two Deadpool films. Now, after the Disney-Fox fusion, this version of the X-Men series is coming to an end. Dark Phoenix marks the end of the main movie series … which is confusing and dramatic, writes The Wrap. Does the world that Fox has built over the past two decades for this X-Men series will disappear with the series? Although the latter has ended, Fox studios have some plans.
The real “elephant in the room” is The New Mutants, a horror set in an X-Men universe, starring Maisie Williams and Anya Taylor-Joy. Filming took place two years ago, but production has been suspended since then, with a release date originally scheduled for April 2018 and then always shifted. Scheduled for the premiere in April 2020, one can say that anything can happen at this point. The film does not seem to bring back the X-Men characters we know.
Fox also has plans for an X-Force film with Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), with Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz). It is hard to say when and how they will be carried out. Robert Iger, Disney CEO, says the plan is to continue production of Deadpool’s banned films under 18, but if they are part of the MCU or rather self-contained films as the first two, it is still unknown. As they were never part of an X-Men continuum – except for the Deadpool 2 cameo – a logical option would be to continue as they started.
That’s what Fox plans for the X-Men, but beyond that, a general conclusion is that Marvel will eventually bring the mutants into the MCU universe. The question is when it will do, but it’s unlikely to be very fast, writes The Wrap. By the way, these things are planned, it is very possible that the foundations of an X-Men placed in the MCU universe are already set.
However, it is quite possible that the current heroes of the series will not reappear on the big screens when X-Men return to the MCU. It will only happen if Marvel wants to catch them in this “multi-universe” that was first introduced in Avengers: Endgame, and that he is looking to build in Spider-Man: Far From Home.