With the Disney/Fox deal still to come into effect and Avengers: Endgame just over two months away from release, most fans know better than to expect the X-Men or Fantastic Four to arrive in time to join the fight against Thanos. Nonetheless, a recent passage from a THR piece has got the internet talking with its suggestion that a post-credits tease may not be entirely out of the question.
While the article is primarily concerned with making the case that the time is right for a Silver Surfer movie, the part that’s really drawn the attention of fans is its closing statements, which offer the suggestion that the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War sequel may still offer a last-minute tease of Marvel’s newest acquisitions:
“With the merger still yet complete, Marvel won’t be allowed to put any teases into April’s Endgame … but let’s just say if we were to catch even a glimpse of a silver surfboard in the post-credits of Avengers: Endgame, well it might be the most cheer-worthy and thematically fitting final moment since Nick Fury first told Tony Stark he’d just become part of a bigger universe.”
As it stands, the possibility seems like a real long shot, especially when we don’t even know that the deal will have closed in time for the film’s release. But while actually casting the next Silver Surfer, Wolverine, or any other newly acquired character before the release of Endgame seems practically out of the question at this point, THR may not be entirely off base when they suggest a potential visual clue in the vein of a silver surfboard.
That being said, Marvel Studios surely has enough projects in the works based on currently owned properties that Endgame could tease instead. Though producer Kevin Feige mentioned just a few days ago that the studio won’t announce its plans beyond 2019 until this year’s films have all been released, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to see Endgame offer a post-credits nod to The Eternals or Black Widow, both of which are expected to come out next year.
All in all, we wouldn’t bet on Avengers: Endgame dropping any explicit hints of an upcoming Fantastic Four or X-Men movie, but feel free to hold out hope until the film hits theaters on April 26th, 2019.