No X-Men and no Deadpool – but Marvel’s Phase 4 can be huge without them


It’s not the information that any fan of Marvel’s mutants, or its merc with a mouth, wished to listen to.

“I’ve assessed the [Marvel movie] schedule for the subsequent, give or take, 5 years and I don’t see Deadpool on it,” the character’s creator Rob Liefield informed io9, happening to recommend that introducing the X-Men into the MCU isn’t excessive on the comedian large’s precedence record both.

Liefield’s feedback have made fairly a stir on-line, but assuming he’s proper, the information that there’ll be no new Deadpool or X-Men motion pictures for at the least 5 years received’t come as a huge shock should you’ve been paying consideration.

Marvel’s Phase 4 film slate is at the moment – after some rescheduling because of the COVID-19 outbreak – set to get underway with Black Widow in November, adopted by The Eternals in February 2021 and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in Could, with a 3rd (as-yet-untitled) Spider-Man film closing out the yr in November. Thor: Love and Thunder and Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity will then observe in February and March 2022.

Scarlett Johansson and Florence Pugh in Black Widow solo movie 2020

Phase 5 is a bit more nebulous, but will certainly embody Black Panther II – scheduled for a Could 2022 launch – and Captain Marvel 2 – out in July – with Ant-Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and new Unbelievable 4 and Blade motion pictures additionally confirmed as being within the works. But no Deadpool, and no X-Men.

For followers looking forward to extra of Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson after the success of his first two motion pictures, or for the X-Men’s entry into the MCU to revive their flagging fortunes on-screen after the frustration of Darkish Phoenix (to not point out the infinite watch for The New Mutants), it may appear disappointing for neither of those franchises to issue into Marvel’s fast plans.

Avengers: Endgame was an epic climax to a decade-long story, so isn’t there a hazard that what comes subsequent – an MCU not solely missing Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America, but additionally big-hitters like Deadpool and the X-Men – may find yourself feeling underwhelming?


It’s attainable – but my cash’s on Marvel sticking the post-Endgame touchdown and relaunching the MCU to nice success even without these characters.

It’s price remembering that there’s a great cause why we received’t be seeing mutants again on the big-screen any time within the subsequent few years – the MCU is no slapdash effort but a extremely strategic enterprise proposition, plotted out years upfront, with Phase 4 and fairly in all probability a lot of Phase 5 already firmed up behind-the-scenes when Disney purchased FOX and acquired the display screen rights to the X-Men and Deadpool. (The acquisition happened in March 2019, and by July of that yr, Kevin Feige was already speaking up plans for Phase 5 and past.)

So absolutely the earliest we had been ever going to see the X-Men and Deadpool enter the MCU was going to be in a possible Phase Six – which, by the appears of issues, would run from 2025 onwards. But that doesn’t imply that the subsequent 5 years are a bust. Removed from it.

A solo Black Widow film has lengthy been on Marvel followers’ wish-lists, whereas established gamers like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Thor, Dr. Unusual, Captain Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy are all set to return to cinemas within the subsequent half decade, joined by new display screen variations of acquainted figures like vampire hunter Blade and “Marvel’s first household” the Unbelievable 4.

Marvel's The Eternals cast

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And whereas the likes of the Eternals and Shang-Chi are unquestionably lesser-known Marvel manufacturers, the identical might be similar of the Guardians previous to their 2014 movie debut. Even these heroes who went on to turn into the lynchpins of the MCU, whose loss now provokes concern – Iron Man, Captain America – weren’t thought-about Marvel’s huge hitters pre-2008. These had been very a lot B-list characters, those that Marvel Studios retained the rights to solely as a result of no-one else noticed the potential in them, with Sony and FOX having snapped up the better-known Spider-Man and X-Men.

The absence of the X-Men wasn’t an issue for the MCU then, and it needn’t be be an issue now – hiring the best actors, the best filmmakers, adopting the best tone… all this stuff helped rework second-tier comedian heroes into family names as soon as. There’s no cause to suspect that Marvel can’t do it once more.

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