There’s been a little buzz building around Marvel’s efforts to buy up any loose end comic book characters that have already had films made about them, because it is believed that the comic book empire and film studio wants to be able to cram as many characters as possible into future projects. The best example of this is Daredevil, which Marvel Studios recently secured from Fox so that the blind lawyer from Hell’s Kitchen is now a free agent and the No. 1 rumored character to be included in The Avengers 2, even though there’s nothing to base that on.
That said, of course Marvel’s ultimate M.O. would be to have one gigantic epic film franchise that could combine all of their heroes into one colliding plotline, like… oh I’m just reaching here, but The Infinity Gauntlet comes to mind. So put on your loose underwear, because the nerd boners are about to Hulk up.
Now that The Avengers has done so well, it seems like the other studios with Marvel properties can see the advantage of making a deal. Can you see a world where this generation of X-Men could be in an Avengers movie?
[X-Men Producer] Lauren Shuler Donner: 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. (Via Crave)
With The Avengers earning an amazing $1.5 billion to date, it’s safe to say that, yes, Fox would be willing to come to some sort of an agreement in creating an X-Men/Avengers film, because who the hell wouldn’t want a piece of that sweet action? Obviously Marvel would love it, because it already forced Sony into sh*tting or getting off the Spider-Man pot, and as IFC pointed out earlier this year, Marvel really wanted Spidey in The Avengers.
So here’s the problem – you’ve got Fox and Marvel (Disney) and dozens of A- and rising B-list actors who will all want to be paid, and you’ve got a loyal but limited fan base that will certainly go bonkers over a film like this, but eventually those wallets run out. Where does the money come from to fill so many hands? Short of raising ticket and IMAX prices… sh*, I’m just going to stop right there.