The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been ripping and roaring for the past decade, and in that time, we got to see some of our earliest comic stories come to the big screen, starting with Iron Man and currently ending with the psychedelic thrill ride of Doctor Strange. However, during this fun journey, many comic book fans have been irritated that some key characters of the books have not been included in The Avengers franchise. I am not breaking headline news when I say that "they can't" because the character rights are owned by other companies, and they don't always play nice with each other.
This was changed last year as Sony and Marvel Studios were able to come to an agreement to allow Spider-Man to be a part of The Avengers. When I heard about this news, I think I did a fist-pump followed by an audible "yes," but I had to wonder if some of my other favorite Marvel characters would ever be able to team up with Tony Stark or Star-Lord. I mentioned in a recent article that I think that a great way to introduce a new Wolverine would be to have him team up on a MCU title, perhaps in a role along side the aforementioned Spider-Man. Clearly, a major actress, Jennifer Lawerence, shares a similar idea with me. While promoting Passengers, an upcoming film she is costarring with Chris Pratt, she was asked in an interview if she would like to make an appearance in a Guardians Of The Galaxy movie.
“Oh my god, I would love to,” Lawrence said. “I would choose that over doing another X-Men movie maybe. I won’t be Mystique in the X-Men movies, but I would love to be Mystique in the Guardians of the Galaxy. I wonder if that can happen.”
In the comics, at different times we have seen quite a few A-list Marvel characters joining the Guardians, like Iron Man recently having a run with them and I even have a 1982 The Incredible Hulk book where Rocket was introduced (Rocket did have a prior appearance in a Marvel preview issue in 1976). While it's wonderful that all of these characters can make guest appearances in the comics, and even cooler that Sony and Marvel Studios were able to come to an agreement, the one major sticking point of any X-Men character joining the MCU is that 20th Century Fox owns the rights.
Earlier this year, false rumors of the two studios coming to an agreement were stumbling around the internet and then last month Marvel president Kevin Feige was asked to comment on the possibility.
"It’s an impossibility at this juncture. We certainly have enough films to keep us busy for a number of lifetimes."
It sounds like the only way Lawerence could get into the MCU would be as a different character other than the X-Men's Mystique. What other character do you guys think she would play well? Would you like to see an X-Man in a future MCU title?