The idea of Stan Lee-owned superheroes rubbing shoulders with Jedi warriors has long seemed like an absurd genre fantasy. But that was before Disney bought the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2009, and the entire Star Wars franchise in 2012.
Now that the differing galaxies all exist under the same Mouse House roof, it seems only right that the Avengers would be out in full force today to celebrate #StarWarsDay on May 4th, giving genre fans everywhere some major heart palpitations.
Seriously, and there were we thinking Avengers: Infinity War was the most ambitious crossover event in cinema history.
"We're putting together a crew for #StarWarsDay," came a tweet from the official Star Wars account, with the official account for the Avengers quickly responding with: “We're in! Can we have more than one co-pilot?" The tweet came with a scene from Avengers: Infinity War showing their gigantic crew led by Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, Black Panther, Okoye, and more.
It didn't take long for other Marvel bandits to get involved either. The account for Ant-Man – which is already heavily promoting the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp sequel – tweeted its own nano-sized joke: “Real co-pilots. Not actual size. Count us in.” Elsewhere in the MCU, Thor’s account carried on his Rocket Raccoon joke from the latest movie, quipping: “This rabbit makes for a worthy co-pilot.” And it wouldn’t really feel like a Marvel army without the Marvel Royal Family, with the Twitter for Black Panther chiming in: “Co-pilot royalty. Wakanda forever.”
The Marvel love didn’t stop there either. Guardians of the Galaxy writer/director James Gunn honored the occasion by posting an awesome series of poster mash-ups, incorporating his films with the iconic Star Wars poster art.
We should have seen this coming of course, as the two worlds came together earlier this month when Lucasfilm congratulated Marvel on their record-breaking box office for the third Avengers movie, after it bested Star Wars: The Force Awakens by $10 million with a $250 million opening weekend. Showing no ill will (hey, it's all good news for Disney) Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy congratulated the Avengers with a message on Twitter, along with an image showing a Jedi passing over a lightsaber to Iron Man. Hell, even Luke Skywalker gave his congrats!
Would you be excited for a admittedly ambitious Marvel/Star Wars crossover event in the future? Give us your thoughts in the comments below, and May the Fourth be with you.