After X-Men: Apocalypse failed to live up to expectations earlier this year, but Deadpool ended up emerging as one of the year’s biggest successes, rumors began swirling amongst the fan community (thanks in part to some reassuring comments from those involved) about a possible crossover opportunity between Fox’s X-Men property and Marvel’s Avengers, especially following the immensely successful partnership between Sony and Marvel for Spider-Man.
Of course, there was never anything concrete behind those rumors, which mostly boiled down to just being popular speculation from the fans, though it sounds like both parties may be more interested now than they ever have been before.
While promoting the upcoming blu ray release of Captain America: Civil War however, co-director Joe Russo spoke with Comicbook.com about the rumors, saying there doesn’t seem to be any talks between the studios as of right now:
“As far as we know, right now there isn’t talk regarding the X-Men. I don’t know if behind-the-scenes there were conversations or if there are conversations happening but we certainly haven’t heard of any.”
In regards to the partnership with Sony as well, Russo added:
“Sony and Marvel had a relationship through Kevin [Feige] and Amy [Pascal] and through us and Amy. That’s really how Spider-Man came about. It requires a certain alchemy and a very special situation for studios to share properties.”
Okay, but was there ever any talks about including the X-Men possibly in Civil War?
“There was not talk on Civil War about the X-Men.”
So basically what Russo is saying is, don’t lose hope in a possible X-Men and Avengers crossover somewhere down the line, but currently, it doesn’t look to be happening any time soon, no matter how much it might benefit the X-Men franchise right now. With Hugh Jackman set to hang up his claws as Wolverine for the final time next year, and the X-Men franchise itself in uncertain waters right now, a team-up with the Avengers could be exactly what it needs to raise excitement for the films again.
So I guess for right now, the best thing we can do though, is just sit here and hope really hard that it ends up happening. Some day.
Avengers: Infinity War is set to hit theatres on May 4th, 2018.
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