Marvel movie fans had a lot to soak in this last week upon the news that Bryan Singer had cast Evan Peters as the mutant speedster Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past, a character that just weeks before had been name-dropped by Joss Whedon as someone featured in his script for The Avengers 2. An exception to the rule, the brother-sister act of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch can technically be used by both Marvel Studios and Twentieth Century Fox, although we don't quite yet know what it means for their appearances in both Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Is Fox simply using the character first because they can, and because they can use their parent (Magneto) or has the unlikely happened and both studios worked out an agreement to share characters as Fox's Marvel movie consultant Mark Millar went on record hoping for in the past. Believe it or not, Hugh Jackman himself, hinted as such a possibility last fall while chatting with us on the set of The Wolverine last fall.
We traveled to Australia to visit the set of The Wolverine and in our conversations with Hugh Jackman, we asked about his thoughts on The Avengers and the idea of sharing continuity. Could the legal departments and leaders of Disney-Marvel and Fox work out some sort of deal so X-Men characters such as yourself show up in The Avengers series some day?
"You know, obviously we have people from—one of the great things about this movie is that a lot of people from Marvel are here and it seems a lot more inclusive than it has been in the past. I don't know what's happening behind the scenes, but I think it's fantastic. I actually just asked the other day, I said, 'I don't know what the legal situation is, but why don't these companies come together? Why isn't it possible?' Because personally, I would love to mix it up with Robert Downey Jr. and Iron Man and kick his ass. It'd be great. (laughs) There you go. There's your quote. (Laughs)
Hugh continued, reflecting on how well Kevin Feige treated him when they first met for his original X-Men audition - which took place after Bryan Singer had already started shooting.
"I think it'd be fantastic. I loved The Avengers. I love what they do with it. Kevin Feige, by the way, I can tell you is one of the true gentlemen of this business. And I say that from when he was on X-Men 1, and I don't even know what his role was, officially, associate producer maybe? But, when I first auditioned for Bryan [Singer], Dougray [Scott] was playing the role. Bryan… I think I was sent there by the studio. I don't think he even knew I was coming, and it was one of those auditions you walk out going, 'Well, I know this isn't happening.' Instead of just putting me on a plane, I remember him taking me out, him and Tom DeSanto took me out for a restaurant because I had to stay overnight. It was too late. They took me out for dinner. I remember thinking, I go, 'Well, I know I'm not in this movie, so you guys are true gentlemen.' They were really nice. I know how busy they were. They were already filming at the time, and I know I really wasn't doing it. I know what was going on behind the scenes. And within a week, all of a sudden the Dougray thing started to unravel. So then, I went back and did a real audition. But the first one, I don't know what the first one was, maybe for the studio to see me more. I don't know, or maybe they were anticipating what was coming. Who knows? But anyway, I just always remember Kevin and I have such a soft spot for him, and I'm in touch with him and I don't know how I got onto that. But anyway, I'm basically really happy and proud of what he's achieved. I think he's making great movies. People love them. And consistency is incredible. So, who wouldn't want to be involved with that?
High praise for the master at large of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon, despite appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's on Friday, has yet to address, let alone comment on the reality that one of the characters he's very excited about introducing is going to show up on the big screen a year earlier, potentially outside his control. If by miracle, Fox and Marvel have worked out a deal to crossover certain characters - explained away by alternate realities and time travel elements featured in the Days of Future Past storyline, then it would be possible to involve Hugh Jackman in the MCU. But it's sadly just unrealistic at this point. How cool would it be to see Logan show up in a flashback sequence in next year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier though?
One thing's for sure: X-Men film producer Lauren Shuler Donner would love an X-Men/Avengers crossover.
Stay tuned for our full interview with Hugh Jackman and The Wolverine set visit reports.
The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.
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