For years fans have been begging for their big-screen superhero movies to feature character crossovers like they do in the comics. Unfortunately, when it comes to the movies, not all comic properties are under the same studio roof. After being purchased by Disney, Marvel was able to option control over many of its most popular characters, resulting in the character pileup that is The Avengers, but the chances of seeing the X-Men (housed at Fox) fighting crime with Spider-Man (locked up by Sony) are still very, very, very slim. It almost happened once, though. And, surprisingly, it wasn't a rights issue that stopped it from happening.
Hugh Jackman recently gave an interview to the Huffington Post, which jogged his memory about the time his Wolverine almost appeared in Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie:
In the first "Spider-Man" -- Kevin Feige reminded me of this -- we really tried to get me to come on and do something, whether it was a gag or just to walk through the shot or something. The problem was, we couldn't find the suit. The suit was stuck in some thing. And so when they were in New York when I was there, we couldn't get it together. So, you know, I actually asked some high level people about it. Because the optimist in me goes, "Why not? Why can't we do it? You know, a split cast or whatever?" And someone reminded that the amount of money Fox paid compared to the amount of money Disney paid is very different [laughs]. So how you split that pie up? God knows. But in the comic books, what's great about it is they're just mashing together all the time -- and it's awesome. And people are like, "Yeah, well, let's get this one with that!" And, you know, I still think, one day, there may be an ability to do it.
Bummer. But we can't help agree with him about that last point. One day these characters will cross studios. Don't expect DC to ever cross with Marvel, but eventually Disney and Sony and Fox are going to run out of steam with their own properties, and so they're going to have to team up to get people excited again. We don't know when that will happen or what characters will be involved, but it is inevitable. And, if you believe Vin Diesel, it may happen in 2016.
Until then, the best X-Men/Spider-Man crossover you're going to find is this blooper from Bryan Singer's X-Men.
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