Earth’s Mightiest Heroes vs The Children of the Atom
In this age of the mega movie with the opposing camps of Marvel and DC Comics battling it out for box office supremacy, there’s one thing that they can agree on together – the huge potential of bringing characters together in shared cinematic universes.
2016 saw the latter pit their two biggest heroes against each other in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although it only received distinctly lukewarm reviews, it certainly did well at the box office thanks to fans prepared to overlook the weak plot in favor of the exciting action.
Two of Marvel’s biggest franchises, involving a dazzling and endless collection of characters, are The Avengers and the X-Men. It would seem logical to bring the two together in a true clash of the titans. Wolverine could take on Iron Man and Iceman could take on Black Panther.
That way it could draw in the fans of both franchises. Hopefully to create the most successful superhero blockbuster of all time. There certainly wouldn’t seem to be any creative reasons why it shouldn’t happen. After all, wasn’t Ant-Man allowed to meet up with The Wasp earlier this year?
This is where the complicated world of character licensing comes into play. As well as providing a number of reasons why this meeting may never happen.
Marvel Tries To Save Itself
To understand the politics behind it all we need to go back a few years. The days before Marvel Comics was the mega-success that it is today. In 1996 when interest in comic books was on the wane Marvel found itself staring in the face of bankruptcy. So, to raise some much-needed funds, it set about selling off the rights to its various groups of characters. Twentieth Century Fox, as it was then, snapped up the rights to X-Men while The Avengers fell into the hands of Sony.
Now that Marvel is owned by Disney and has rather deeper pockets than ever before, the company has tried to buy back the rights, but to no avail and that, in a nutshell, is why we won’t be seeing any X-Men/Avengers meetings any time soon.
But there is a ray of hope that one day this might change and they will be reunited as they’ve been so often in their comic book world. In Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man was allowed by Sony to make a special appearance. The fact that it was the highest grossing film of 2016 is another factor that may mean that the rules could be relaxed again in the future.
For the moment, we’re going to have to wait and see whether the battle-royale will ever take place.
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