Is an Avengers vs. X-Men movie a Marvel too far?
The incredible box office success of the Russo Brothers’ latest masterpiece, Captain America: Civil War, has casted a spellbinding impression on audiences. The expectations of fans seeing their true comic book heroes brought to light in an impeccably well-executed plot and superhero action-adventure movie has landed it to join the elite class of epic superhero action movies alongside other Marvel blockbusters, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: First Class.
Speaking of which, many fans are salivating at the possibility of an Avengers vs. X-Men movie, one which has the potential of becoming the highest grossing Marvel superhero movie. Even though both Avengers and the X-Men are owned by MCU and 20th Century Fox respectively, fans are growing more hopeful at the prospect than ever before.
X-Men actor, Hugh Jackman, who is well-known in Hollywood for playing Wolverine, even showed his optimism in an interview with Yahoo! Movies. “Two years ago, I would have said you’d be a real optimist to think it would ever happen, but weirdly, I just think it maybe could, remarked Jackman. “I think there is a possibility that it will happen.”
Marvel has built a solid reputation for not only making hugely grossing superhero movies, but also winning the expectations of their fans. Of course, there are not without their fair share of criticisms, but the prospect of combining two different worlds is not too far-fetched. One of the biggest surprises in the follow-up to the Captain America: Civil War movie was when MCU announced the web crawling superhero, Spider-Man, would star in the movie.
Spider-Man, which is under the rights of Sony, had not been able to successfully secure a long-term vision at the box office after actor Andrew Garfield, who played the character, was fired. This gave MCU the leg-up to convince Sony to feature their character that would neither harm nor benefit both studios.
Now that Spider-Man: Homecoming is anticipated to hit the theatres very soon along with a cameo of Tony Stark, played by Robery Downey Jr., fans are speculating whether MCU can convince Fox to do unite their entire team of X-Men to face-off against the Avengers.
However, it is likely that Fox may not be interested in seeing such a move as did Sony. After all, Fox will be required to feature a list of characters as opposed to one in the case of Sony. Secondly, timelines and plot will also need to be thought out carefully.
The X-Men franchise has taken a hit after the relatively poor performance of its latest movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. The recent release focused on the 80’s while its sequel is reported to be set in the 90’s. Not to forget that the X-Men franchise does not have a very consistent timeline of events, even though X-Men: Days of Future Past was a successful attempt at bringing an end to its inconsistencies.
The Avengers, on the other hand, are progressing in a much more linear timeline and progressing towards what fans speculate a war over infinity rings that can put the entire Earthly existence into threat. More importantly, character plots will also become entangled. Quicksilver, for instance, was featured by both by Fox in X-Men: Days of Future Past and MCU in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which Quicksilver died.
It would be unquestionably bizarre for Avengers to enter the world of X-Men and discover that Quicksilver is still alive and is skinnier and younger in terms of age.
An Avengers vs. X-Men movie may just happen. But, in order for MCU to live up to its reputation for presenting its superhero characters in well-thought our plots, it faces a unique challenging in bridging both worlds.
A Selection of Superheroes Quotes
“Superpowers, don’t always make you a superhero. – Duck” ~ Michael Grant
“Superheroes were born in the minds of people desperate to be rescued.” ~ Jodi Picoult, The Tenth Circle
“Adults…struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life. Adults foolishly demand to know how Superman can possibly fly, or how Batman can possibly run a multibillion-dollar business empire during the day and fight crime at night, when the answer is obvious even to the smallest child: because it’s not real.” ~ Grant Morrison, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
“We love our superheroes because they refuse to give up on us. We can analyze them out of existence, kill them, ban them, mock them, and still they return, patiently reminding us of who we are and what we wish we could be.” ~ Grant Morrison, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human
“There are two types of people on planet Earth, Batman and Iron Man. Batman has a secret identity, right? So Bruce Wayne has to walk around every second of every day knowing that if somebody finds out his secret, his family is dead, his friends are dead, everyone he loves gets tortured to death by costumed supervillains. And he has to live with the weight of that secret every day. But not Tony Stark, he’s open about who he is. He tells the world he’s Iron Man, he doesn’t give a shit. He doesn’t have that shadow hanging over him, he doesn’t have to spend energy building up those walls of lies around himself. You’re one or the other – either you’re one of those people who has to hide your real self because it would ruin you if it came out, because of your secret fetishes or addictions or crimes, or you’re not one of those people. And the two groups aren’t even living in the same universe.” ~ David Wong, This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It
“So we can’t start a fire. We can’t fly. We can’t create a force field. We are the most bullshit superheroes.” ~ Michelle Hodkin, The Retribution of Mara Dyer
“You are not too small. No one is ever too small to offer help.” ~ Emlyn Chand,
“So, Americans, then. Self-appointed vigilante defenders of the world, kind of like Superman, if Superman was retarded and only fought crime when he felt like it.” ~ Yahtzee Croshaw
“Well, what did you have for lunch?” I snapped. “Surely that’s not top secret superhero information.”
“Steak with mashed potatoes and a side salad,” Striker replied. “And a piece of chocolate cheesecake for dessert.”
I gave up on conversation after that. I was too jealous of the cheesecake to continue.” ~ Jennifer Estep, Karma Girl
“Oftentimes in reality, the genius is in the position of the antihero. Neither the good guys nor the bad guys really trust him because his truth is universal.” ~ Criss Jami, Diotima, Battery, Electric Personality
“How Superheroes Make Money:
– Spider-Man knits sweaters.
– Superman screw the lids on pickle jars.
– Iron Man, as you would suspect, just irons.”
~ Jim Benton, Okay, So Maybe I Do Have Superpowers
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