The Avengers was a huge hit, spawning a sequel in the near future. X-Men did its own fair share of business and has been getting more attention since the release of First Class and its upcoming sequel. So what’s the best way to both delight Marvel fans and make shit-tons of money? Why, a cross-over, of course!
As much as we might like to see something like this happen, it’s not bloody likely. The properties are in the hands of two different studios, with Disney owning Avengers and 20th Century Fox being in possession of X-Men. The chances of them getting together and splitting the monies for a cross-over film are pretty slim.
However, it looks like some of the more important names in the comic book movie world are starting to voice their opinions that they’d like to go this route. Lauren Shuler Donner, producer of all-things X-Men said she’d be on board. Or, in her own words:
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.
Considering that many of the people becoming hot names in these franchises happen to be big geeks, the push for cross-studio interaction can only get stronger. If the studios can concentrate more on what the fans want and less on their copyrights, we may have something to look forward to. At they very least, they may be able to work something out so everyone makes buckets of cash.
What do ye olde Nerdreaders think? Should it happen? Or have the franchises gone in such different directions that it would be impossible to keep continuity in a cross-over?
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.