Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four. Doctor Doom

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.”