When Captain America: Civil War premiered this past May, Marvel Studios accomplished a feat many fans had written off as impossible, bringing Spider-Man into the MCU. Having sold the rights to many of its most popular characters such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The X-Men during Marvel Comics’ lean years, the reacquisition of these properties has been a constant desire by fans that want to see a complete Marvel universe on the big screen. The deal to share Spider-Man with Sony coupled with Marvel Television’s cooperation with Fox in the production of new TV shows based off the X-Men reignited the hopes of many that the merry mutants might be finding their way into the MCU. Rumors have even been swirling that the X-Men might even appear in Avengers: Infinity War. Unfortunately, however, it appears that that is not in the cards as of right now.
“As far as we know, right now there isn’t talk regarding the X-Men,” Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo tells ComicBook.com. “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.”
It looks like the set of circumstances that brought Spider-Man back into the fold were unique and specific to the relationship between the Sony and Marvel Studios higher ups. This combined with the disappointment with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise is what allowed the historic shared custody of intellectual property to happen.
“Sony and Marvel had a relationship through Kevin [Feige] and Amy [Pascal] and through us and Amy,” Joe Russo explains. “That’s really how Spider-Man came about. It requires a certain alchemy and a very special situation for studios to share properties.”
While we won’t be seeing the X-Men appear alongside the Avengers anytime soon, I wouldn’t rule out ever seeing these characters interact. Fox and Marvel may not have the necessary relationship to make it happen currently, but that could change. Depending on the who’s in charge Fox and the continued profitability the X-Men we might end up with a Spider-Man like situation.