Lingering rights agreements have kept some of Marvel’s biggest properties — namely X-Men and Spider-Man — from joining up with The Avengers on the big screen. But Wolverine star Hugh Jackman has a solution.
In a great interview with Collider, Jackman was asked his thoughts on bringing them all together in one giant super-movie. Agreeing with virtually every comic-book fan on the planet, the actor said he thinks the studios should find a way to resolve their differences and split revenue to make the ultimate movie:
“I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise. I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.’ But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together...
I don’t see the impediment! I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together! I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board.”
Obviously this one is a long shot, since all the studios have their own different plans and continuities for these characters — and wouldn’t want to share their properties with anyone else. But with the right hand at the wheel (i.e. Joss Whedon, Bryan Singer), you’d think it could work.
So, c’mon, Hollywood — just let Jackman whip out the claws and get a deal on the table. This needs to happen.