It’s a dream of many Mavelites out there to have a massive crossover movie that includes the Avengers, Spiderman and the X-Men, but as the rights of these characters are scattered (Disney, Sony and Fox, respectively), the crossover remains as a dream.
The real question here is: do executives even want a crossover to happen at some point? One thing is the fans’ desires, and a very different (and the most important one) is what the bosses want.
That said, during a Q&A session celebrating Marvel Comics 75th anniversary, our generalissimo Stan Lee spoke about the possibility of a crossover of all these Marvel characters we’ve seen separately.
“It’s something that Marvel is very concerned about. It’s very difficult to bring ‘em all together because these characters are so successful and make so much more money that the studios that have the rights don’t want to let them go. So that’s something that all the lawyers and all the production companies have to work out. Whether they get it worked out, I don’t know”, Stan Lee said.
He added: “It’s a shame that [Disney] – Marvel can’t distribute every one of them. Because then we could put them all together… in a movie that would make a hundred trillion dollars!”
There’s a percentage of Marvel fans that wouldn’t really like a crossover to happen, and I am part of that group. Sure, a movie that includes all of these characters would be a box office mega hit but I think it would be very, very difficult to make it a quality product (quality as in a good story), simply because there would be a lot of characters, making it inevitable that some are left behind, and with lame storylines while some others get a lot of screen time, and their stories could potentially clash with each other. It would be one big mess that makes a lot of money.
There’s the “I’m not giving away the rights of my characters” issue as well, which I don’t think will be solved anytime soon (let’s be real: why would you give away the rights for the characters that make the most money?). Supposing that they come up with some kind of deal that benefits everyone equally, the biggest challenge would be creating a good, coherent and cohesive storyline.
I rest my case.
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