Marvel Might Have Contingency Story Plans For Characters Like ‘X-Men’

Sep 30, 2015


Just yesterday I was listing the pros and possibilities of Marvel trying to convince Fox to allow them to use a character like Wolverine in the Marvel cinematic universe, which would be to the benefit of both studios.

A new quote from Marvel’s Kevin Feige via Slash Film, during a press conference for the home release of Age of Ultron, seemingly confirms that if that day ever came, the studio has contingency story plans for many characters they don’t currently have access to. The assumption being that that Marvel could already be thinking about what projects could look like if they were able to get more characters from other studios involved.

“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.”

Ever since Disney acquired Marvel, they’ve been actively trying to reach-out to other studios to offer buy-backs to character rights, and even in the case of Sony/Spider-Man a deal to share the character. Before they finalized the deal, they had two different versions of Captain America: Civil War, one with Spider-Man in a main role and another with Black Panther in that spot instead. We know they went with the second option, because of stubbornness at Sony, but Spider-Man still managed to find a place in the film and Marvel will co-produce the next solo outing.

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It’s quite possible that Marvel might develop versions of the two-part Avengers: Infinity War saga that does include characters like Wolverine, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and even Silver Surfer. However, if they’ll actually be able to make a deal with Fox for that to happen before cameras roll is another thing all together.

A pitch to Fox with an Avengers outline/concept art featuring their characters, with a share in the profit or loan-out offer, might sound good to them as a good PR/promotional move post-Fantastic Four flopping. Let’s not forget that current X-Men producers want this to happen, and Kevin Feige was apart of that original success of the first X-Men films.

The trades once pointed to a meeting between Marvel and Fox concerning an extension to the Daredevil rights, which included Marvel asking to use Silver Surfer in Guardians of The Galaxy, and more than likely the yet unannounced Avengers: Infinity War. James Gunn revealed not too long ago that he had written a treatment for a Silver Surfer movie back in the 90s, it’s possible that connection led to Marvel inquiring about the rights.

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Do you think Fox and Marvel should come to an agreement concerning a crossover in Avengers: Infinity War?


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