It's nearly impossible not to appreciate the world we live in. With CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR coming out this week, we're set to be treated with more than a dozen Marvel superheroes -- which is unparalleled in its scope and drama.
However, while CIVIL WAR is most definitely a milestone for the studio, it's by no means the end game. In fact, as far as we know, the MCU is set to expand indefinitely, building off its legacy one character at a time. So successful has this experiment been that it's also helped to bring studios together. Seeing an opportunity, Sony agreed to bring Spider-Man into this universe in hopes of strengthening the brand of both Marvel and their character.
Another studio that's been off doing its own thing on the comic book front with many of Marvel's characters is Fox, who produces the X-MEN films. Is it possible that some bridges between studios can be rebuilt? There's no guarantee, but at the very least, we know that the Russo Brothers, who have just finished directing CIVIL WAR, would love to see one of the headlining X-Men come over to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an interview with Collider, they said name-dropped Wolverine as a character they'd love to see most in the MCU.
"Joe Russo: Wolverine.
Anthony Russo: Yeah.
Joe Russo: First favorite character growing up was Spider-Man, second was Wolverine. One of my most-prized possessions is Incredible Hulk #181. It was his first appearance.
Weintraub: Do you have it graded or is it just in your collection?
Joe Russo: It’s in my collection. It’s sitting in a safe. I won’t disclose where it is.
Anthony Russo: I know where it is. And I would say Wolverine as well, for all of the exciting reasons that we all gravitate to."
A few years ago, this would seem impossible. Heck, even now, given how successful the X-MEN franchise is on its own, it seems a bit impossible. Between DEADPOOL, X-MEN, and WOLVERINE films, they really seem to be doing the source material justice, so what do they need Marvel for? And given all the mutants that exist in the XCU already, do we really need to see them and the MCU merge anytime soon? Things already seem to be crowded enough as it is.
That being said, there are a few things Fox can benefit from. Over the past few year, Marvel has been downplaying the characters owned by Fox in cartoons and merchandise, thereby decreasing the value of the property.
The reason is as follows by Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort about a couple years back:
"If you had two things, and on one you earned 100% of the revenues from the efforts that you put into making it, and the other you earned a much smaller percentage for the same amount of time and effort, you’d be more likely to concentrate more heavily on the first, wouldn’t you?"
Perhaps if this were to happen, they'd start throwing the X-Men merchandise into the world. This would give Disney/Marvel another profit stream, and give Fox a higher profile piece of intellectual property.
Does the idea of Wolverine showing up in the MCU interest you at all, or are you content with the current arrangement of separate universes? Let us know your comments down below!