Following the short-lived theatrical run of Dark Phoenix, comic book fans are eager to see the X-Men get some cinematic redemption. However, Marvel doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to put the X-Men on the big screen again. And according to Avengers: Endgame scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the mutants need some time off.
While chatting with Collider during San Diego Comic-Con, McFeely said “I think X-Men should rest a second. I could be wrong, but I think they should rest. But [Silver Surfer] could use a really good standalone.”
Kevin Feige hinted at both the Fantastic Four and “mutants” during Marvel’s Comic-Con panel. However, he didn’t confirm any sort of timeline for their debut. This means they probably won’t come until Phase 5 at the very earliest.
That should be more than enough time for fans to recover from previous stumbles with the characters. Fox’s attempt to reboot the Fantastic Four with director Josh Trank was a box office disaster in 2015. And the final X-Men film, Dark Phoenix, lost over $100 million. So a fresh start for these franchises can’t come soon enough.
However, Marvel may take the time to slowly reintroduce these characters to fully integrate them into the MCU. Somehow, they’ll have to rehabilitate their images to make moviegoers forgive their most recent incarnations. But it worked for Spider-Man, and it can work again for these iconic heroes.
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Recommended Reading: X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga