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Could Wolvie, Hulk and Spidey join forces?

12 July 2013  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Collider

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You know the drill: headlines with question marks tend to be speculative at best, but how much fun is it to speculate about a massive Marvel team-up involving Wolverine, Spider-Man and the Avengers? That's a work Christmas party right there.

Rights issues notwithstanding - and as any lawyer will tell you, there very much are withstanding - the idea struck a real chord with Hugh Jackman when Collider pitched it to him at the recent junket for The Wolverine.

“I ask the same question," he enthused. "I literally asked that question to Tom (Cohen, Marvel VP of Production) the other day, because his job is to liaise with Sony and Fox. 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.’"

Sony, of course, owns Spider-Man, while 20th Century Fox has the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, probably locked away in a vault somewhere on a remote mountain top. Marvel controls the Avengers and its component characters.

Will the twain ever meet? Heck yes, if Jackman has any say in the matter. "Maybe I’m optimistic but I find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters and Spider-Man, and somehow get them together.”

It's an awesome and deeply romantic notion but this one will take Lionel Hutz and a giant case of money to come to fruition. In the meantime, Wolvie, of course, will soon be getting fighty in Japan and has some new featurettes to share with you. The Wolverine will blast into UK cinemas on July 26.

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Sounds suspicously a lot like New Avengers to me which would mean Luke Cage & Doctor Strange along with maybe Iron Fist, Spider-Woman & Daredevil being added. More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 10:07 on 15 July 2013 | Report This Post

Really hope Days of Future Past leads to a franchise wide reboot so that we can get new versions of these characters. As much as i liked Jackman's Wolverine, his portrayal hasn't really worked outside of an ensemble flick. More

Posted by clarkkent at 15:51 on 14 July 2013 | Report This Post

Too risky.
Considering that everything Jackman's iteration of Wolverine has touched so far has turned out mediocre to terrible, he should stay away from the Avengers. More

Posted by Oroborous at 12:16 on 14 July 2013 | Report This Post

Can we leave comic book characters int he comics, the whole thing is getting a bit over rated. Any original ideas left in Hollywood or do they just use google to find characters and plagiarise the f out of hem. More

Posted by tokin5000 at 07:49 on 14 July 2013 | Report This Post

RE: Hugh Jackman Pitches Wolverine & Avengers Team-Up
The easiest way to solve this is starting a new production company with its own distribution where every part own their 1/3. More

Posted by Overmind at 17:02 on 13 July 2013 | Report This Post

That would be amazing but I can't see it happening. It would be who is willing to give up international rights as this is where all the money is right now for these films. I can't see either party letting that one go. More

Posted by jezy at 16:55 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

AvX story arc anyone? Hulk v Wolverine? Cyclops and Cap vie'ing for leadership... More

Posted by Kalielyn at 15:53 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

Well lets look at some bits and peices, Marvel will pay the salary for all their actors, Fox will pay for theirs and Sony will pay for theirs, so no 1 studio will be on slary duty. Distribution however will be one of the biggest negotiation issues (coz all 3 will wanna piece of the moneys right) tbh Sony is the one that should really look into joing up, The producer told a site a month or 2 ago that she'd never let the rights revert back to MARVEL, but however Punisher & Ghost Rider More

Posted by leemours84 at 15:43 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

I can't see the X-Men or FF meeting the Avengers on screen, at least not in the foreseeable future. For both legal and fiction-continuity reasons. Spider-Man, however, I think will end up in the MCU. Sony and Marvel would both make a killing off that deal. And it won't be difficult to write the lone and low-key Spidey into the world-changing Avengers. More

Posted by veedlemonster at 15:28 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

I don't know of the legalities but it does seem a shame we'll never see a Hulk/Thing rumble or Tony Stark and Reed Richards meeting in the movies. Surely they could strike a deal where they essentially swap characters? ie. Fox tell Disney they can use Wolverine in an Avengers movie if they can have Iron Man pop up in the Fantastic Four? Although I guess it would be a logistical nightmare with all the rights and actors fees. More

Posted by Soze666 at 14:52 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

That would be amazing. I'd love to see it. More

Posted by Whistler at 13:01 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

Hah, 'Lionel Hutz'... More

Posted by weirdstuff at 12:43 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

This would be good for Sony and for Fox but I cant see any incentive for Marvel at this time. The Marvel comic universe is enormously overcrowded and intertwined, it easily gets convoluted so imagine how this would translate on film. It would take years of careful back planning before you could even put pen to paper on a first script for a build up event. Also even if they funded a joint film 3 ways how would it work? Would Fox and Sony pay for RDJs salary. Some characters would be enormously un More

Posted by sleepwalker at 11:45 on 12 July 2013 | Report This Post

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