When will the X-Men join the MCU? Better yet how will they able to? Due to Fox owning the rights to the characters, Disney and Marvel had to make sure that there were not mention of mutants in the MCU. And it’s going to pose a challenge now that Disney has control of the copyright for these characters.
Talking with GWW’s Change My Mind podcast, X-Men: The Animated Series showrunner Eric Lewland had the following to say about bringing these characters into the franchise.
“hey’ve set up this thing, unprecedented — all these different superheroes that all are successful, and they’ve managed to give them different tones and different focuses. I’m continually in the awe of this juggernaut that they’ve set up — I can’t use that word because it’s a character.”
He added, “I don’t know. I don’t know how Kevin Feige sleeps at night trying to keep all these balls in the air. But for the X-Men, when people ask me about integrating them in the MCU, I always had the reverse problem. There were too many X-Men and too many villains already in the X-universe and too many connected characters. I found myself cutting half of them out and having stories about three of the X-Men. Just to keep sane and to not have to try to service all of them at once in a 22-minute episode.”
So, it sounds like he thinks that balance would be key. Who knows? Maybe some distance between the old X-Men film franchise and however they’re integrating the characters into the MCU will be better in the long run. But it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.
Either way, X-Men: The Animated Series is on Disney+. So we’re good for the long run.
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