Comic book fans have always longed for the day when their favorite comic book character was brought to life on the screen in a quality film. For most of the 80’s and 90’s, comic book film were treated like a joke amongst film studios. Then Blade and X-Men came out and shock film execs and casual audiences around the world that you don’t have to be a geek to enjoy a great story that just happens to be a comic book adaptation. The next thing we comic fans wanted to see now that we had our super hero films wish granted, was the shared universe of super hero comics. I mean, why cant Batman show up in a Superman movie? Why can’t Spider-Man team up with the Fantastic Four? The problem as far as Marvel is concerned anyway, is that some of the Marvel heroes are licensed to different film studios. So bringing these heroes together would be a pain in the ass, as it would involve all these studios to come together and formulate a deal that would make all parties happy.
Fortunately for Marvel, they had retained the film rights to key characters in The Avengers. So they set about creating a shared cinematic universe that began with Iron Man, and ended in the ultimate team up film, The Avengers. Their plan payed off as The Avengers went on to become the third highest grossing film of all time. Needless to say, studios took notice of the formula and are currently working on their own set of films that share universes, such as Warner Bros with their DC properties and Fox with the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchise. As I mentioned before, some Marvel properties are licensed out to other studios so the chances of seeing the X-Men with the Avengers are very slim.
One actor that is wishing for this miracle, is The Wolverine‘s Hugh Jackman. Collider recently sat down with actor where he revealed his dream of seeing the Avengers and X-Men team up. Here’s what he had to say:
“Mate, I ask the same question. I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise. I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.’ But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.”
Like every fan who would like to see this happen, he also wonders why the studios won’t come together and spit the costs. “I don’t see the impediment! I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together! I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.”
There you have folks. One actor is game for the team up so far. Will the studios listen? Do you want to see an Avengers/X-Men team up? Check out the clip of the interview below.
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