Bob Iger on the X-Men Coming to Disney and the Star Wars Movies

"It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity"

Bob Iger on the X-Men Coming to Disney and the Star Wars Movies

The Hollywood Reporter talked with The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger about two properties that fans are always eager to hear more news about: The X-Men and Star Wars. With Disney buying 21st Century Fox and thereby gaining the rights to the X-Men, Iger was asked whether Marvel Studios will absorb the franchise and if Kevin Feige will oversee everything.

“I think it only makes sense,” Iger said, “I want to be careful here because of what’s been communicated to the Fox folks, but I think they know. It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity. There shouldn’t be two Marvels.”

So could we see Deadpool becoming an Avenger? “Kevin’s got a lot of ideas. I’m not suggesting that’s one of them. But who knows?”

With the failure of Solo: A Star Wars Story to make as much money at the box office ($393 million worldwide) as previous Star Wars movies (even Rogue One made over a billion), Bob Iger was told by THR that many believe they should slow down on Star Wars movies.

“I made the timing decision, and as I look back, I think the mistake that I made — I take the blame — was a little too much, too fast,” he said. “You can expect some slowdown, but that doesn’t mean we’re not gonna make films. J.J. [Abrams] is busy making [Episode] IX. We have creative entities, including [Game of Thrones creators David] Benioff and [D.B.] Weiss, who are developing sagas of their own, which we haven’t been specific about. And we are just at the point where we’re gonna start making decisions about what comes next after J.J.’s. But I think we’re gonna be a little bit more careful about volume and timing. And the buck stops here on that.”

In addition to the Game of Thrones duo, Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is also working on a brand-new Star Wars trilogy of his own.

20th Century Fox is still releasing X-Men: Dark Phoenix on February 14, 2019 and The New Mutants on August 2, 2019, while Star Wars: Episode IX opens on December 20, 2019.

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