With Marvel's "The Avengers" making a billion or so dollars, it seems every studio is now ramping up anything in their catalog that even smells like a team up movie. Hell, Marvel themselves is bringing the group action next summer with "Guardians Of The Galaxy," and "The Amazing Spider-Man" franchise just got expanded to four films and currently features about twenty new characters, Warner Bros. teases "Justice League" eternally, Fox is gearing up "Fantastic Four," and we think the credit scroll for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" might be longer than the actual movie...need we say more? But what if one movie could unite them all? Well, Hugh Jackman has an idea that will give a nation of super-nerds wet dreams tonight.
"The Wolverine" actor recently chatted with the folks over at Collider and when asked if he could ever envisage the Marvel character (movie rights which belong to Fox) chugging brews with The Avengers (which Marvel is shepherding), Jackman geeked that he's already been tossing out feelers to executive types to see what can be down about Logan and Tony Stark high-fiving. And Peter Parker too... Wait, what? Gee whiz....
"I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise. I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties,’ " he explained. " But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got 'The Avengers,' they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.”
This is the kind of soundbite that will undoubtedly get nerds salivating, at least those who don't pause a second and realize....what a terrible idea this is. We can't image what kind of contrivance would have to be dreamed up to get even just the X-Men and The Avengers to hang out, not to mention cramming Spider-Man somewhere in there and god knows who else. And we can only imagine it would create a continuity vortex from which no one would escape. But mostly, it's the sort of fan-service-y nonsense married to the standard studio idea of bigger-is-better that makes this far from an inspired idea, but instead a wholly unimaginative one.
But whatever, people will want to talk about this, but the legal and financial logistics means it will probably never, ever, ever happen. But Jackman keeps on dreamin' big. "I don’t see the impediment! I’m like, okay you’ve got three studios, just split it three ways in terms of the cost, and happy days it’s all coming together! I would love to… I’m in for it, I’m totally up for it because I think that would be really exciting for fans across the board,” he said.
What do you think? Has Jackman truly lost it or is this ultimate comic idea that the studios need to get out of the way of and let happen? Let us know below.