Marvel has unveiled the only super battle that could possibly pull everyone's attention away from all the buzz around "The Avengers." It appears Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the rest will be warming up for their fight with Loki in a bout with the X-Men. The comic book publishing giant marked the release of "Avengers vs. X-Men" Wednesday night with parties all over the nation featuring special promotional items like posters, bookmarks, and stickers given away to attendees.
In the comic, the embodiment of death and rebirth, the Phoenix Force, returns to Earth. Much like Jean Grey in "X-Men: Last Stand," it will seek out a host body. The X-Men (currently headed up by Wolverine, Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, and Iceman) believe powerful mutant Hope Summers to be the perfect candidate for this. They take her into protective custody to prepare the girl to be the vessel for the rebirth of the mutant species.
However, the Avengers (Captain America, Black Panther, Black Widow, Iron Man, Red Hulk, Spider-Woman, Storm, Thor, and others) feel the Phoenix Force could mean the destruction of all life. They team up with the New Avengers (Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, The Thing, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Daredevil, etc.) and the Secret Avengers (featuring Beast, War Machine, Hawkeye, Venom, and Human Torch) to stop the X-Men.
I'm a comic book nerd. If you're reading this, you must have some interest in geek society. Can you imagine a big-screen version of "Avengers vs. X-Men"? I know it's far-fetched and would quite possibly end up being the most expensive film ever made if it did happen. But after "The Avengers" hits theaters next month, both teams will be established as franchises that could support such a crossover on the silver screen.
Let's explore the idea a little. What a cast an "Avengers vs. X-Men" movie would have. It would literally be a powerhouse of stars, easily pulling even non-comic book fans into the buzz. Imagine the combination of big names like Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Chris Hemsworth returning on the Avengers side. If the movie was set in the present, the actors from "X-Men: First Class" wouldn't work. Filmmakers would have to bring back Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, James Marsden, Anna Paquin, and some of the other actors who played minor heroes from the previous films.
It appears Beast switched sides and is fighting with the Avengers for some reason. That would allow Kelsey Grammer to step back into the role. We could even cross over into the two "Fantastic Four" films and have Michael Chiklis take on the part of The Thing. The cover also features Spider-Man, which could be a tremendous opportunity for Andrew Garfield, who inherited the role for the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man."
However, things could get a little weird if filmmakers decide to incorporate the rest of the Fantastic Four. Chris Evans played the Human Torch and Captain America. Could this mean a double payday? Probably not.
It seems like there are a lot of factors that would make an "Avengers vs. X-Men" movie adaptation almost impossible to make. The hefty price tags alone to get all those stars in one movie would bankrupt Hollywood. Not only that, but it would basically cause all other movie productions to shut down for at least half a year, as most of the big actors in town would have to be on call for the project and couldn't star in anything else.
I say comic book fans begin lobbying for an "Avengers vs. X-Men" movie now. It will no doubt take four or five writers to put together a screenplay which could take two or three years to get approved. Negotiations with the actors over paychecks would take another year or more. Now here's the real question: Who would direct this monstrosity?
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