One of hotly-debated topic about the movie, Avengers: Endgame has nothing to do really do with the movie itself. Since the Disney-Fox deal had been completed, all the Marvel fans have been discussing a lot about how the X-Men and Fantastic Four would step into the MCU.
The movie, Avengers: Endgame has been looked at as a candidate for the very first tease of the F4 and X-Men’s entry into the MCU. Any survey of the fan opinion reveals something surprising- all the fans are split on whether or not Avengers: Endgame should tease these two franchises. Matt Mueller from Comicbook.com has done a pretty extensive breakdown of why the movie, Endgame should not include X-Men references.
Brave New World
While all of us know nothing about the plot details about Avengers: Endgame, it is pretty fair to assume that this movie will leave all of us in a very different version of the MCU. If this is the case, then one obligation of the movie would be giving all the MCU fans a tease of what the brave new world is about.
T8his process may include showing how the MCU characters find themselves facing an all-new status quo after Endgame. This could also include the developments and evolutions of a few elements that the fans know would one day lead somewhere huge like the Nova.
If this movie eventually takes on a responsibility of giving the fans an ending at a new MCU status quo, then it will be tough to identify a few good reasons to leave the X-Men and Fantastic Four out of these teases. It is why a few of the fans are worrying-no one really wants to see a rushed introduction. The very thought of versions of Magneto, Reed Richards, or Prof. X, who cannot be fully shown on the silver screen because casting is not official yet does not excite the fans.
If this film can give the fans a tease of what the all-new status quo of the MCU is about, then there are a lot of ways to actually tease the Fantastic Four and the X-Men becoming a part of this shared universe.
One idea that has been making its rounds is seeing a restored earth and also seeing TV/Radio broadcasts which help tease the all-new MCU status quo. These media broadcasts can become a cacophony of competing reports that have a treasure-trove of Easter egg references.
The MCU could also give the fans a visual cue, like seeing Nick Fury pull up locations like the Xavier Institute, or even having a character driving through Manhattan where the fans see the former Avengers Tower being rebranded as Baxter Building.
The best part of these subtle references to Fantastic Four and the X-Men in the movie is that there is a lot of time for Marvel Studios to pull this off.
It is pretty naive to think that Kevin Feige and his team have not been speculating about and also planning for this moment. With the last and final Fox X-Men film, Dark Phoenix landing this month after Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios may thread the needle of giving a few spikes to X-Men chatter, without having an issue of continuity.
Avengers: Infinity War is now available on home video, and Captain Marvel is now in theatres. Upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies include Avengers: Endgame on April 26th, and Spider-Man: Far From Home on July 5th.