While many would argue that more superheroes is not what the MCU requires, the continual link between Marvel properties The Avengers and Fantastic Four refuses to go away. Sitting down for an in-depth chat with Collider this week, Marvel President Kevin Feige told the website that 20th Century Fox have complete control over the franchise.
With the series going through two reboots within a decade courtesy of installments in 2005 and 2015, does Feige foresee a scenario where the awesome foursome could join the fold?
"No, but I would say there’s not like there’s anything frozen that there needs to be a thaw," he replied. "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."
Feige: Peter Parker No Guarantee To Stay In MCU Beyond Current Deal
It is no secret that the emergence of Tom Holland as Peter Parker in the MCU is the culmination of a rare event. With Marvel striking a unique partnership between Sony and Disney to make the character possible again, Feige admits that his inclusion in the Avengers beyond his standalone second installment is not on the horizon.
"Every time we make a movie, Guardians included, Black Panther included, Infinity War included, we just feel lucky to be making that movie, and that’s basically what the focus is on. We’re just lucky to feel lucky and thankful that Homecoming came together, and that everybody wants to continue that with another Spidey avenger post Avengers movies. Where we go beyond that is not even thinking about right now."
Entering the third and fourth phases of the franchise that overlaps the closure of some characters and the emergence of others, Feige says that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is as far as they have forecast ahead. Anything else is merely speculation.
"We’re not actively discussing anything past Untitled Avengers other than we’ve dated Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, which wouldn’t be the title, but that’s what we call it because that’s the agreement we made with Sony for the inclusion of Spidey in the Avengers films, and James Gunn doing a third Guardians of the Galaxy at some point, but really the whole focus of Marvel Studios is the next eight films, counting Guardians 2, the next eight films that are going to take up all of our time."
Ant-Man 2.0 Next Cab Off The Rank For Studio
Outlining the creative process that schedules the when and what of the franchise, Feige remarked that storylines and contracts remain a fluid process to keep all in sundry on their toes and not complacent.
"We’ve had people under contract for certain films. Then, we’ve had new ideas and new directions, like Civil War, that we wanted to do, and we’ve been lucky enough to make new contracts," he said. "Or Spider-Man: Homecoming, the cast has been awesome in their enthusiasm for the direction of the storylines that we’ve been telling. So, it really does right now all start with where we want to take the stories, and certainly as we get to Infinity War there’s a sense of a climax and if not a conclusion to, by the time we’re at Untitled, the 22 movies that will have encompassed the first three phases of the MCU. And what happens after that will be very different. I don’t know if it’s phase four. It might be a new thing."
With all that said and done - what is next for the studio head?
"Assuming everything stays on schedule, we start filming the Ant Man and The Wasp in June. We start filming Untitled Avengers in August, and we start filming Captain Marvel in February."