Posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
Guardians of the Galaxy takes place literally worlds away from The Avengers, and yet both superhero teams occupy the same universe at the same time and even know some of the same people. It wouldn’t be totally inconceivable for them to cross paths at some point, and recent comments from Kevin Feige suggest they may do just that.
If you’re holding out hope for the either group to join forces with the X-Men, however, you’re probably out of luck. In the same interview, Feige downplayed the possibility of an Avengers / X-Men crossover. Sorry, Hugh Jackman. Hit the jump to see what Feige had to say.
Feige discussed the future of the MCU in a recent interview with IGN. As usual, he played it coy. He wouldn’t outright confirm an Avengers / Guardians of the Galaxy team-up, and he wouldn’t outright deny an Avengers / X-Men crossover. Still, it’s pretty clear that the former is a lot more likely to happen than the latter.
Here’s what he had to say when asked whether the Avengers and the Guardians might battle Thanos together someday.
I don’t know. Part of the fun of the comics is that could happen. Any character could interact with any other character because they inhabit the same time period and the same universe. And certainly it is the inclusion of Thanos most specifically that is a declaration to audiences who are paying attention that this is connected to those other universes. Part of the fun is that it could happen someday. I don’t know when that would be. Or maybe I know and I’m not going to tell you!
Feige’s probably just playing dumb here. This is the guy who claims to have the MCU mapped out through 2028. It’d be weirder if he really didn’t know.
He sounded decidedly less optimistic when discussing the potential for inter-studio crossovers.
My answer to that question has always been the same, which is when I started at Marvel 14 years ago the notion of us becoming our own studio, becoming more successful than other studios doing this, and bringing The Avengers to the screen, would have seemed like the pipe dream of all pipe dreams. And because we are sitting here talking because this has all happened, I’m not going to rule out anything. It has been unbelievable – the Marvel experience for me in particular over the years, so anything’s possible. But I would say for the immediate future, Fox is very busy building their X-Men universe and redoing the Fantastic Four universe. Sony is well underway with their Spider-Man plans. And we clearly have a long-term vision for the cinematic universe. And thankfully have so many characters and so many possibilities that we don’t find ourselves in a position going ‘Will we ever get these other characters in here because we don’t know what to do.’ There’s lots to do.
In other words, don’t hold your breath for Wolverine or Spidey to join the Avengers. To be fair, the other studios aren’t necessarily clamoring to play with the MCU either. While X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner has said she’d “love” to see her heroes hanging with the Avengers, Spider-Man producer Avi Arad has declared that an X-Men or Avengers crossover will only happen when he’s “out of ideas.”