So you saw The Avengers, right? It was kind of a big deal last summer. If you missed it, then you probably don’t care about superheroes, and that’s alright. To each his own.
The reason I bring this up is that there’s going to be an Avengers 2. It’s inevitable, really; you don’t make a film that grosses that much money and then just stop the franchise. And in this second Avengers movie, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will be included.
Also, in a tangent that’s totally related to the point I want to make, Quicksilver will be appearing in the next X-Men movie. That’s a big deal.
The reason it’s a big deal is that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are special characters within the Marvel universe in that they have their origins as X-Men villains, but they became heroes through the Avengers. They effectively straddle the line between the two franchises, though in the comics they tend to be more associated with the Avengers because their estranged father is Magneto, the X-Men’s most prominent villain and recurring teammate (it’s complicated, okay?).
On a more meta level, the film rights for the X-Men franchise are owned by Fox while the film rights for the Avengers are owned by Marvel’s in-house studio. This makes characters like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch problematic, because including them in either series requires ignoring a huge part of their history. That’s probably the solution that the studios will use to make it possible to have Quicksilver in both franchises.
Alright, now that I’ve explained the reality of the situation, let me indulge in a bit of fantasy and propose what I wish could happen.
I wish that Marvel had the film rights to all of its characters. If they did, then they could implement a massive crossover that would span enough films to last for over a decade. The key is the Scarlet Witch.
See, the Scarlet Witch was responsible for a couple of major events in the past decade that essentially altered the status quo for both the X-Men and the Avengers within comic continuity. Because of a series of somewhat complicated events, she ended up causing the Avengers to disband (they got better, but it caused fractures in relationships that led to Marvel’s Civil War and a few other major plot lines) and reducing the mutant population to less than one tenth of its previous size (on a side note, this event de-powered almost no prominent mutant characters, which at the time was kind of silly) which left the X-Men in an even more tenuous situation than they’d been in in the previous four decades of continuity. I think it’s safe to say that the Scarlet Witch has set in motion a decade’s worth of comic plots, which can easily translate into multiple blockbusters.
I’ll spare everyone my fever dream scheme for how this simple change could launch a film series that would carry out a plot arc lasting for over ten movies, but I think it would be amazing. There have been some really fun crossovers involving both the X-Men and the Avengers in the last decade, and these are stories that are by default off limits just because they involve mixing characters that belong to different studios who can’t play nice.
I wish they would play nice.
On a less serious note, did you see this? I think this would be a horrible idea for a crossover. Or would it be… horribly awesome?
Do you guys have any thoughts about what could happen if the Avengers and the X-Men occupied the same movie universe? Is it a crackpot idea that should never be spoken of again, or is it the most brilliant thing ever?