We’re still playing catch-up on all the Avengers: Endgame interviews and tidbits that have been coming out over the last two weeks.

The Russo Brothers recently did an interview with BusinessInsider, where they mention not being currently aware of any plans at Marvel Studios for the Fox characters, but on their wishlist seems to a Fantastic Four film that would be the definitive version of their story. I think a lot of fans would agree that the feature film versions of the characters have been one of the harder nuts to crack concerning Marvel superheroes.

BI: Have you heard of any Fox conversations?

JOE: “We don’t know what [Marvel Studios president] Kevin [Feige]’s plans are. He’s been very specific about just ending the Infinity Saga. But Fantastic Four needs a definitive movie at some point.”

Also, revealing that nothing was seriously going on behind-the-scenes before the merger closed mid-March (something that legally couldn’t happen as per stipulations of the merger).

ANTHONY: “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 [the Disney-Fox merger]. Now the creative work begins.”

BI: A more serious question to end on: You guys have said you’re done with Marvel for now, but is there anything that would bring you back to this franchise? Any movie, any Disney Plus show, anything?

ANTHONY: “We don’t know what that is yet. We love Marvel, we have the most amazing working relationship with them, and we’re very close with them. Maybe there will be an idea that comes up in the future, but there is none now.”

“One of the great creative upsides of “Endgame” for Joe and I was this was the first time since we started on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” seven years ago that we weren’t thinking about the future of the MCU at all. Our job on this movie was to bring things to a satisfying conclusion. I think that was really creatively liberating for us. We really thank and respect Kevin for giving us that space. It’s part of why he’s a genius producer.”

Joe Russo has previously stated love for the X-Men character Wolverine but admits Marvel doesn’t need to rush his introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige has stated that the X-Men team currently isn’t part of their five-year plans.

BI: Any particular characters that would do that?

JOE: “I mean, I love Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four. Doctor Doom was always one of my favorite villains. Wolverine, but I think he’s got to be set aside for a little while.”

The Russo Brothers have teased interest in tackling another huge event project like Secret Wars down the line but haven’t officially signed on to any specific future Marvel project, their next film will be the heist film Cherry starring Tom Holland.

As for when we can expect to hear some news concerning Phase 4 plans, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during a recent earnings call they’d be making announcements this summer. This suggests that Kevin Feige will reveal the release slate at either San Diego Comic-Con 2019 in July or D23 Expo 2019 in August, some are assuming that the former is the best bet.

The films currently confirmed by trades for Phase 4 include Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, and Guardians of The Galaxy 3. Keep in mind, Marvel Studios has yet to make any official announcements concerning these or other rumored films.


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