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PINCH OF SALT: Is there an X-Men meets Avengers movie deal on the table at Marvel and Fox?

July 6th, 2015 by Marc Comments


This could be the biggest news in the history of comic book movies ever. If it’s true. And we have serious doubts… but we feel as fans, and as a website for fans, we should put out what we’re hearing, what we’re speculating and, if nothing else, get some talk going… isn’t that what fandom is all about?

So, a while ago the rumours started that Spider-man was coming over to the MCU and everyone wanted to believe it but had serious doubts. And now Spidey will debut in Civil War next year… so anything can happen.

So let’s go… what’s the word on the comicbook movie grapevine? Well, it all started on the Pete’s Basement Facebook page when they posted this:

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We told you about #AgentsofShield giving us #SecretWarriors and now we have bigger news!!#Marvel and #Fox are in the…

Posted by Pete’s Basement on Thursday, 2 July 2015

They claim their source is Mikey Sutton, owner of Papercuts Media, and that currently a deal is being made between Marvel/Disney and Fox, who currently own X-Men… and Fantastic Four.

Now, you may remember that Marvel and Fox have been locking horns over the Fox-owned character of Wolverine, X-Men, Deadpool and Fantastic Four, heck, Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter actually cancelled the books containing the characters… and many thought that was that.

However, there was always hope, with Marvel Movie head Kevin Feige saying recently: “Would we be in a position to team up with other studios that have a few of our characters, because we have so many characters ourselves? I would never say never,”

Then X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner said that she would love to see a crossover, even going so far as to saying she and Kevin Feige are friends: “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.”

Does this mean it’s happening? No… but let us speculate some more.

Sutton, who broke the story, has said“Marvel and Fox are in the process of making up!!! They are currently bringing a movie to us by 2020. The movie would feature the Avengers and X-Men.”

Now, just a few days ago, X-men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer said that the oft rumoured last of the current X-Men movies was going to be the true beginning of the story (here) plus, with Hugh Jackman retiring as Wolverine and Days of Future Past resetting the universe, the time has never been better to introduce the two cinematic franchises to each other with a reborn, clean X-Men slate.

Heck, even Hugh Jackman has made reference to the fact that the two COULD possibly crossover at some point in the future (here).

Now, obviously, this is all just rumour and speculation but what if there IS something to it? The timing is right… X-Men is coming to a logical conclusion in its current cinematic run, Fantastic Four has just started up and, with Spidey now in the MCU, anything is possible.

Take this with a pinch of salt, but sutton reports that he has “a feeling they’ll drop it in San Diego next year.” If there’s any truth to it, we’d tend to agree.

We don’t feel we need to even ask but would you like this to happen? Yeah, so would we…

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….