The chances for a crossover between Fox’s X-Men cinematic universe and Kevin Feige’s Marvel Cinematic Universe are at an all time high, according to a string of sensational headlines that hit the web yesterday such as “Feige Open to an Avengers, X-Men Movie Crossover” and “Marvel’s Kevin Feige Remains Open To An Avengers Vs. X-Men Crossover Movie.” The news is based on a twenty minute long interview with the Perception Channel on YouTube, in which Feige seemed to be doing his best to avoid feeding the 24 hour news cycle with speculative stories about his offhand remarks, and gave no real indication that anything of the sort would happen. But hey, we gotta make a living here.
In the interview, Feige reminisced about his thrilling work starting out in the film business as an assistant to Lauren Schuler Donner, performing tasks such as walking her dogs and reading scripts. With Shuler Donner being one of the producers of the X-Men movie franchise since its inception, this obviously laid the groundwork for talking about a collaboration with Fox on those character, but interviewer Jeremy Lasky didn’t even ask, instead allowing Feige to escape unscathed.
Feige did almost take a side in something when asked if he preferred movies or comics. “Movies. Movies movies movies by far. I would only occasionally go to the comic shop on Wednesdays, but I would go to the movies every friday,” he said. However, promoting a theme of neutrality as he got into the details, he described himself as “the only person on earth who legitimately loved Star Wars and Star Trek equally.”
Feige also refused to bring up the escape of the MCU from underneath the control of Ike Perlmutter when talking about the big changes to the studio’s iconic “flip logo,” which debuted on the first movie made without the oversight of Perlmutter’s Marvel Creative Committee, Doctor Strange.
“The very first Marvel logo that was in front of a film was on the first Spider-Man film,” Feige said of the iconic flip logo. Feige said they would make small tweaks to the flip logo as the Marvel Cinematic Universe went on, but he thought “we really needed to differentiate a film that’s based on a Marvel comic vs. a film that’s made by Marvel Studios.” As a result, Feige wanted a logo that “celebrates all the films that came before” and make clear that the movie could only be from Marvel Studios, and the new flip logo highlighting Marvel movie characters rather than comics was born.
Calling a completely tame question about what he’d like the legacy of the MCU to be “a loaded question,” Feige uncontroversially said he’d like the movies to be the legacy. “Success in cinema, in the now 120, 130 year history of cinema, is the test of time,” Feige said. “I think the best films hold up over time and I have no idea if any of our films will, or some of them or all of them. To me, that’s to test. To continue to inspire future geenrations the way we have been inspired by the films that come before us. To me, that would be the ultimate legacy.”
Wha? Huh? Oh, sorry, we fell asleep writing this boring article.
“And to be able to be part of something that had never been done before, the shared universe,” Feige added, finally showing a crack in his armor of modesty.
Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. We can probably work with that. Go on…
Finally, in a last minute sneak attack, Lasky brought up statements by Hugh Jackman saying the only way he’d come back as Wolverine would be if he could be in an Avengers film. Is there a possibility of the X-Men and Avengers universes getting together?! Feige, sadly, wasn’t even phased by the question, remaining as noncommittal as ever.
“Well, I think Hugh had an amazing final bow in Logan this year,” Feige started. “So I don’t know that he should go anywhere beyond that.”
But backed against a wall, Feige finally had no choice but to say something we could all blow out of proportion, making the last nineteen minutes of our lives worthwhile.
“Yes, of course, my goal is to replicate the experience that comic book fans have reading the books up on the screen,” Feige said. “We’ve been able to accomplish that beyond my wildest dreams over the last few years. Certainly including Spidey in Civil War and the upcoming Infinity War was yet another dream that I didn’t even dare to talk about publicly because I thought the odds of it were very slim. So, no plans beyond that right now for any of the few remaining characters that aren’t already in the MCU, but I always say never say never. Who knows what can happen in the future?”
So, there you have it. Avengers Vs. X-Men confirmed, basically. Oh, just let us have this!
If you need help falling asleep tonight, watch the full interview below: