When it comes to their favorite superheroes, comic book fans often posit the question, “Who would win in a fight between so-and-so and such-and-such?” Most of the time, those questions get answered in some shape or form via the brightly colored pages of their favorite comic books. Wolverine vs. Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four vs. X-Men, Defenders vs. The Avengers and of course, The Hulk vs. Everybody – these are all battles that have occurred at one time in various Marvel titles.
As more and more superhero-themed movies flood theaters (sometimes at the rate of four or five per year), fans are getting a chance to see many of those characters come to life – battling each other in a live-action setting. While the storylines and dialogue from each of those movies can often be suspect, they rarely let fans down when it comes to the action sequences displayed on the big screen.
In Captain America: Civil War and The Avengers, Marvel Studios managed to give fans a small taste of just a few of those hero-on-hero battles they craved so much. But even with all the Marvel characters who have been brought to life by Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Sony, they still haven’t been able to bring, what is arguably, their two biggest franchise team-ups together in one movie – so we did it for them. This epic movie trailer brings all the fan favorites from the X-Men films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far into one giant battle sequence, pitting the mutants from the world of the X-Men against the superhero saviours of the world, The Avengers.
Just a mere 18 months ago, the thought of bringing Marvel characters from two different studios was nothing more than a comic book fan’s pipedream – something argued about in various forums across the internet with very little chance of it ever happening. However, now that Sony and Marvel have successfully joined forces to produce Spider-Man: Homecoming and some of the characters whose film rights are owned by Fox once again joining the Marvel family (such as Ghost Rider in the upcoming season of Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.), those pipedreams are quickly turning into reality.
It should also be noted that with Marvel announcing the Inhumans vs X-Men comic coming out in December (both properties have or soon will have television adaptations), the chances of seeing even more team-ups has increased. With the comic book television universes getting in on the team-up fun – both DC and Marvel have started combining characters from their extensive libraries (Arrow/Supergirl/The Flash/Legends of Tomorrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.LD/Legion/X-Men) – the possibilities now appear to be endless.
Wolverine 3 opens in U.S. theaters on March 3rd, 2017, followed by unannounced X-Men films on October 6th, 2017, March 2nd, 2018, and June 29th, 2018. Deadpool 2, Gambit, New Mutants and X-Force are currently in development.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.