So we speculated a few weeks ago that Marvel may be finally bringing the X-Men into the MCU with new series Legion as it was announced with all their MCU properties on the Marvel website (here).
Now it’s been confirmed that the series is actually part of the FOX X-Men franchise, which means we still have no ice where it is in relation to the MCU.
Director of four of the X-Men movies, Bryan Singer has been chatting about Legion, which he is executive producing for FX, and confirmed it is indeed “part of the X-Men universe, but when you watched it, you wouldn’t have to label it, it could exist completely on its own.”
He goes on to say that this is only the beginning of the X-Universe’s crossover to TV, saying that a second series will also “relate to future X-Men movies [featuring] really ambitious and fun and very unique storyline.”
In related news, the rumours of FOX and the MCU finally coming together, ala Marvel and Sony with Spider-man, have been running rife, with many believing that Avengers: Infinity War might be where we first see the two crossing over – after all Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy will meet for it (here) so why not the X-Men?
However, Infinity War directors, the Russo brothers, have thrown cold water on that idea: “As far as we know, right now there isn’t talk regarding the X-Men,” Joe Russo says, “I don’t know if behind-the-scenes there were conversations or if there are conversations happening but we certainly haven’t heard of any.”
While the Russos saw the first appearance of Spider-man in the MCU with Captain America: Civil War, they say the same magic can’t happen her: “Sony and Marvel had a relationship through Kevin [Feige] and Amy [Pascal] and through us and Amy,” Joe adds.
“That’s really how Spider-Man came about. It requires a certain alchemy and a very special situation for studios to share properties… There was not talk on Civil War about the X-Men.” he concludes.
Now, does this mean that the X-Men and the MCU are going to remain completely exclusive for ever? Never say never but unless the Russos are flat out lying or are not informed (not likely) then, for now, it’s not going to happen.
What do you guys think?.