Take the following with the largest grain of salt possible, but a rumor that was brought-up on Collider Heroes about Fox and Marvel “kind of” talking about developing a crossover film, not unlike what they did with Sony’s Spider-Man. This could possibly mean a potential X-Men and Avengers crossover film years down the road, if this is even true to begin with.
Just a heads-up, the person stating the rumor on the show is Matt Key from Marvel Movie Talk and producer of Fatman on Batman, so I have zero understanding of his access to sources or even his credibility in scoops and or reporting on them.
This isn’t coming directly from a source we’re usually confident with, but since they’re talking about it on Collider, we felt the need to mention it. Keep in mind at the moment this is just a big rumor, until someone a little more accomplished supports it.
We’ve heard from X-Men producers Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner previously about an interest in making a crossover with Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige.
Here’s what Lauren had to say about the idea back in 2012.
” I would love it. I would love it. I personally have close ties to Marvel because of Kevin Feige, because Kevin worked for me. But to take our characters and mingle them in the way that they were written, yeah, absolutely.”
It was also revealed a while back by Kevin Feige that Marvel has contingency plans just in case they end-up having access to new characters down the line. The assumption being if shared rights to the X-Men came about, the studio would likely have ideas already in place to fit them into their cinematic universe, like they did with Spider-Man.
“The short answer is: the most important thing is the standalone movie, relaunching Spider-Man with a standalone movie with a new storyline that fits into this universe – that’s job number one for us. And as is the case, the connectivity is great but it doesn’t drive the train. That being said, if I understand what you’re asking, we had… this has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we always had contingency plans should you know — which we always do anyways. Are we going to be able to make another movie with this actor? If we are then we’ll do this, if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character that’d be great, then we’d do this, if not, we’d do this. So we always sort of operate with those alternate timelines available and are ready to shift if something happens.”
Kevin also suggested to Crave that Marvel would be interested in welcoming the X-Men into the fold if the chance arose.
“Well, the answer would always be “yes,” I think, to getting them back. But I think they have a solid plan over there at Fox for a while.”
Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg have suggested they’re not interested in recasting Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Singer had pitched to Fox that Laura Kinney aka X-23 possibly take over the Wolverine mantle like in the comics, she’s expected to be introduced in Wolverine 3 said to be Jackman’s final role as Logan.
Logan being first introduced in the Hulk comics along with having ties to characters like The Avengers, Captain America, Nick Fury, SHIELD, Punisher, Spider-Man and Black Widow makes him an excellent crossover character.
Fox could give Marvel Studios access to the character, along with a couple of others like fellow Avenger Dr. Hank McCoy aka Beast. It’s exciting to consider what Marvel will be doing in Phase Four and Phase Five, and a crossover with the X-Men would be a way to keep the universe chugging along.
Producers are open to the idea, it all really comes down to Fox’s willingness to make it happen.
SOURCE: COLLIDER HEROES