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The ongoing Disney/20th Century Fox acquisition has the whole nerdy internet salivating over the prospect of seeing the likes of the X-Men and the Fantastic Four welcomed into the MCU.
And whilst we have a long wait until anything is – potentially – started up, it doesn’t stop fans thinking of all the possible story arcs that could be produced. Personally, I’d love to see a big screen adaptation of AvX.
We’re currently steaming our way through Marvel Studio‘s Phase 3, with Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, and Avengers 4 all left to conclude this set of films.
However, after the Infinity War sequel, there are a lot of unannounced titles currently being planned – with the exception of Spider-Man 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there are no fewer than nine movies yet to be confirmed by the studio post 2019, which, as you may know, is when the aforementioned merger will be finalised.
As fans, we could speculate about what might happen following the Disney/Fox merger, but, ultimately, we don’t have too much sway, unlike Joe and Anthony Russo.
The Russo brothers have spoken to Linternaute about what crossover event they’d like to see being brought into the MCU; the popular and critically acclaimed Secret Wars event.
“If that Fox deal goes through with Disney, there’s a lot more characters to work with all of a sudden,” Joe Russo told Linternaute.
“It would be interesting to do something like ‘Secret Wars.'”
The interesting thing about it all is that neither of the Russo brothers confirms which of the two Secret Wars events they were referring to; the original 1984 series which acted as a massive crossover event that brought different heroes and villains together to fight on Battleworld, or the 2015 ‘remake’ which went a step further and combined the comic’s Earth-616 (or, the ‘normal’ continuity) with the Ultimate Universe (of which the X-Men movie characters are based on).
The 2015 Secret Wars would, therefore, be slightly more appropriate as it would help bring the two company’s Marvel properties together for the first time and give the filmmakers something to help establish the settings.
Added to the uncertainty behind it all, the Russo brothers also didn’t make comment on whether or not they would be the ones to direct the hypothetical movie, and Anthony mentioned how they had been so focused on Infinity War and the sequel that they hadn’t really thought about their futures yet.
Whilst we’ll have to wait and see what the 2019 merger will do to the MCU, we can at least enjoy the time we have left as Avengers: Infinity War is right around the corner.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron-Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye/Clint Barton, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Falcon/Sam Wilson, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Don Cheadle as War-Machine/James Rhodes, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Benedict Wong as Wong, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord/Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Benicio Del Toro as The Collector, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, and with the voices of Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon.