An 'Avengers,' 'Spider-Man,' and 'X-Men' crossover movie has been talked about ever since the superhero genre exploded onto the scene, and the subject has once again been broached during a Q&A with Marvel's President of Production, Kevin Feige.
Feige was taking part in IGN's session during promotion for 'Thor: The Dark World,' when one of their readers, Sam Wilson, posed the question, "Will a deal ever happen between the relevant studios that will allow the likes of 'Spider-Man,' the 'X-Men' and the 'Avengers' on-screen together?"
Now, like any good comic-book fan, Feige confirmed that he would adore the chance to bring this cavalcade of iconic characters onto the same screen together, however he admitted that it probably won't happen any time soon though.
Feige responded, "I would say, not any time soon would we be in a position to team up with other studios who have a few of our characters, because we have so many characters ourselves. But I would never say never."
Last month, Feige pretty much made the same remarks while talking to Empire Magazine, stating, "There are certainly no plans right now. Enough amazing things have happened in the 13 years I've been at Marvel that I never say never to anything like that, but I don't think it'll happen any time soon. 'The Avengers' have so many stories to tell and we have an embarrassment of riches as it is ,so it's not like we need or want to involve the 'X-Men'."
Another reason, which is probably the main blockade to this cinematic trifecta, is that 20th Century Fox owns 'X-Men,' Sony owns 'Spider-Man' and Marvel owns 'The Avengers,' which means that it will probably take several years to iron out an agreement that each of these production companies agrees upon. And it will also mean that lawyers get involved, and not only do people really hate lawyers, but they slow everything down to an infuriatingly slow pace.
Also the only franchise that seems suited for such a collision, at the moment, is 'X-Men.' The upcoming 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is the seventh film in the series, and even though its blending of characters from two different time periods is both intriguing and exciting, the fact that the series began nearly 14 years ago with the exact same cast indicates that a little sprucing up couldn't hurt.
Meanwhile, 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' looks likely to herald a dangerous new dawn for Peter Parker, which will probably see him contest the sinister six over the course of several new movies, while Marvel's slate is laid out accordingly for at least the next five years.
Plus their current success means that they probably aren't willing to share out the wealth just yet.
No doubt, that Sony, Marvel and Fox will probably come together when the public's interest in the genre begins to drop a little bit, but doesn't look likely to happen for a very long time indeed.
If DC's impending Batman and Superman's collaboration proves to a box-office behemoth though, that could go along way to changing the trio of studio's minds.
Would you like to see 'Spider-Man,' 'The Avengers,' and 'X-Men' in the same film? When do you think it is likely occur?