Sure, Marvel has managed to build a pretty awesome big-screen strategy out of guys like Iron Man and Captain America — but what about the big dogs? Will the X-Men and Spider-Man ever make it back home?
Though Marvel exec Kevin Feige doesn’t rule out the possibility of those two major properties returning to the studio, he notes that previous contracts with Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox will remain in place until those franchises stop being successful. Which, let's be honest, isn’t very likely anytime soon.
Here’s an excerpt from his interview with Digital Spy:
“Well, I've gotten into the habit of saying never say never, because when I was starting with Lauren [Shuler Donner, producer] on the first X-Men movie, if you'd said 'You'll do The Avengers someday', I would not have believed you.
But the contracts are such that as long as they keep making those movies, they can keep making those movies. So I don't see that changing any time soon. Anything's possible, but as long as they keep making the movies, and the movies keep doing well, I don't know what offer they could accept.”
Though fans have been clamoring for a shared universe that includes all of Marvel’s properties, it’d be almost impossible to get all three studios on the same page for a crossover. They’ve all created very different “universes” around these properties, and the logistics of sharing profits for a three-way crossover would prove ... well, very unlikely from a business perspective.
But it sure would be cool. Do you like the current direction of X-Men and Spider-Man, or would you want to see them back in Marvel’s stable?
(Via Digital Spy)