Avengers: Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo argue the Fantastic Free needs a Endgame Online movie” after two big screen iterations failed to properly adapt Marvel’s Watch Avengers Endgame Online family, but how and when that happens is under the purview of Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.
“We don’t know what Kevin’s plans are For Endgame. He’s been very specific about just ending the Infinity Saga,” Joe told Business Insider of the 22-movie saga wrapped with Endgame. “But Fantastic Four needs a definitive movie at some point.”
Disney-owned Marvel Studios won the right to develop the Fantastic Four and X-Men properties upon Disney completing its $71.3 billion acquisition of 20th Century Fox’s entertainment assets, granting the Marvel Cinematic Universe the ability to utilize such ancillary characters as fan-favorites Deadpool, Doctor Doom, and the Silver Surfer.
“There’s a whole layer of complexity to the whole equation that had to play out first. The business issue was announced and achieved first,” added Anthony. “Now the creative work begins.”
After four back-to-back Marvel movies, the Russo brothers are putting a pause on superheroes. But temptation to handle certain characters could draw them back into the fold.
“It’s just about finding the right story that inspires us. That’s why we get out of bed every day [laughs],” said Joe. Asked which characters would do that, the director pointed to the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing.
“I mean, I love Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four. Doctor Doom was always one of my favorite villains,” Joe said. “Wolverine, but I think he’s got to be set aside for a little while.”
With just the Phase 3-ending Spider-Man: Far From Home left on the docket, Marvel is expected to unveil its coming slate later this year. But the X-Men — who next star in June’s Fox-produced Dark Phoenix — aren’t expected to reach the MCU for “a very long time.”
“It’ll be a while. It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set,” Feige previously told io9 of the mutant superheroes.
“So really it’s much more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”
When these blockbuster properties debut in the continuity home to Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), and a slew of other superheroes, Avengers: Endgame co-writer Christopher Markus expects their arrival to signal an all-new Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“It’ll be fascinating to see what Kevin Feige does with the properties he’s now getting from the Fox merger with X-Men and Fantastic Four,” Markus told the Los Angeles Times.
“And to see what the MCU version of those things is, because I very much doubt it will be something that resembles what you’ve seen before. So that will be very exciting.”
With Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios kicked down the door to the future of the MCU and opened up the franchise to a multiverse of possibilities. But there was one specific line early in the film that perked many fans ears, wondering if the Marvel Cinematic Universe was getting ready to introduce Atlantis and its monarch, Namor (Marvel) .
And while directors Joe and Anthony Russo remained coy about the possibilities of Namor’s debut in the future, Avengers: Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely came clean and admitted that the mention of an earthquake on the ocean floor was NOT a reference to classic Marvel Comics character.
“I wish we were that smart,” Markus told the Hollywood Reporter, revealing that fans might have to wait a while longer before seeing Namor’s debut.
The Russo brothers were a lot more teasing toward the fans when they were asked about it during their appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, with Joe immediately responding “Maaaybe.”
“Some people may interpret it that way,” said Anthony.
Host Josh Horowitz pointed out that Joe “smiled when he said maybe.”
Added Joe, “It could just be an earthquake.”
People at Marvel Studios might be eager to see one of the comic publisher’s oldest characters debut on the big screen, but the issue is much more complicated than fans might think. As producer Kevin Feige made it clear, there are rights issues with other movie studios presenting the character’s debut.
“I think there’s a way to probably figure it out but it does have — it’s not as a clean or clear as the majority of the other characters,” Feige said.
Feige has addressed the issues before when the Fox deal was not yet complete, adding that he’s eager to get every character under the banner of Marvel Studios.
“There are some with a couple of other players involved that would have to be negotiated with,” he explained. “Then, of course, Spider-Man is still with Sony, independent of our agreement to do the films together. But most of them are home now. If that Fox thing happens, yeah, that’ll be the majority.”
So while it might be a while before we see Namor, fans shouldn’t lose hope just yet.