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Marvel Fantasizes About Getting the X-Men Film Rights Back From Fox

When two Quicksilvers become one.

Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron

It seems highly unlikely that Fox would ever let go of the X-Men movie franchise rights, but Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says he still keeps plans in the back of his mind for what he’d change if the rights ever returned to Marvel’s hands. After clarifying to Slashfilm that standalone superhero films are still Marvel Studios’ top priority right now, Feige admitted that he still does think about the possibility of crossovers and tentpole projects.

The short answer is: the most important thing is the standalone movie, relaunching Spider-Man with a standalone movie with a new storyline that fits into this universe – that’s job number one for us. And as is the case, the connectivity is great, but it doesn’t drive the train.

That being said, if I understand what you’re asking, we had… this has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we always had contingency plans, should … which we always do anyways. Are we going to be able to make another movie with this actor? If we are, then we’ll do this, if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character that’d be great, then we’d do this, if not, we’d do this. So we always sort of operate with those alternate timelines available and are ready to shift if something happens.

Feige is being a little vague here, but it sounds like he’s saying Marvel has back-up plans for incorporating other characters into tentpole projects like Infinity War, should those characters become available. That sounds like a very unlikely alternate timeline, though.

Probably for the best, anyway — it would be kind of embarrassing for Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Evan Peters to have to race each other for the right to play Quicksilver. Which is, I’m sure, how they would settle that dispute.

The Fantastic Four rights, on the other hand … Fox might be willing to give those up.

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