The seemingly unstoppable Marvel Cinematic Universe has given life to a number of films featuring a wide variety of Marvel characters. Following on from many of the comics, Marvel movies now nearly always contain a vast array of superheroes all interacting and either trying to save the universe together or, in the case of the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, fighting against one another. In fact, Civil War heralds the start of what Marvel are calling 'phase three' and features a huge amount of Avengers old and new...plus Spider-Man.
Civil War will give fans their first glimpse of Tom Holland's Spider-Man and the first time the character appears alongside the Avengers; previously the characters rights have tied him to Fox. But why stop there? Disney now own the rights to Marvel and of course, they also own the rights to another massive global film franchise too; Star Wars. Could the possibility exist of a future Avengers/ Star Wars crossover of some kind?
Speaking to The Big Issue, Stan Lee said that anything is possible.
“Obviously the people who produce these [movies] are looking to be as successful as possible. If they feel that incorporating Star Wars with the Marvel characters will be very successful, they’ll find a way to do it. Can you imagine Spider-Man saying, “May the force be with you”? It may come to that!”
While Lee was (presumably) only joking, he does make a valid point. Recently we have seen a lot of crossovers both on TV and film (The Flash/ Arrow and the upcoming Batman v Superman movie are just two) which, let's face it, are only being made because the fans of these chows and characters have the appetite for it. Given that fans of the MCU and Star Wars are likely to crossover themselves, given the similarity of genre, it's not beyond the realm of possibility that this is something that fans could enjoy...or want to see just out of morbid curiosity.
As Lee put it:
“I created the Avengers by taking many of our characters and making a team out of them. We can have as many characters join the Avengers as we want to for future movies. That might be fun, all of a sudden Luke Skywalker is an Avenger!”
Somehow, we think Luke Skywalker might be a little busy for a while yet. The Avengers too, for that matter, since both Star Wars and Marvel have film slates set up to 2020. Closer to home, however, Lee also says he thinks it's only a matter of time before the X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy appear alongside the Avengers too. Now that we really would like to see, even if the production costs to secure all of that cast would be sky high.
“It’ll be the most expensive film ever produced! I don’t know how many characters you can have in a movie but anything that the public want to see you can be sure it will eventually be produced.”
For now though, fans will have to wait and see how the events of Civil War affect future Marvel films and/ or TV shows. Maybe, somewhere within it all, there's cause for even more Marvel characters to join forces in phase four, after many a superhero unites for Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 & 2.
Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters May 6, 2016 followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.
Star Wars- Episode 7: The Force Awakens is in theaters now. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will be released on December 16th, 2016, Star Wars: Episode 8 on May 26th, 2017, and the Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film on May 25th, 2018. Star Wars: Episode 9 is expected to reach theaters in 2019, followed by the third Star Wars Anthology film in 2020
Source: The Big Issue