Guardians of the Galaxy is on the cusp of its release in just three weekends, which means Marvel president and producer Kevin Feige has been out and about promoting this huge sci-fi spectacle. One of the questions on everyone's mind, especially since it was teased that they'd be teaming up with Hulk in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, is when we'll see Star-Lord and his team crossover on the big screen with Marvel's The Avengers.
If the rumors we've recently heard are true, it would have to happen in The Avengers 3. But is that the case?
"Part of the fun of the comics is that could happen. Any character could interact with any other character because they inhabit the same time period and the same universe. And certainly it is the inclusion of Thanos most specifically that is a declaration to audiences who are paying attention that this is connected to those other universes. Part of the fun is that it could happen someday. I don't know when that would be. Or maybe I know and I'm not going to tell you!"
Also on the minds of a lot of fans, especially since it was rumored that Universal was going to kick off its own Marvel franchise with Namor is, exactly, where do the rights lie? Does the underwater Marvel character (who actually predates Auqaman, believe it or not), belong to Disney? Or is he languishing over at Universal?
"Let's put it this way - there are entanglements that make it less easy. There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in."
Forget about Guardians of the Galaxy for a second. What about an X-Men and Marvel's The Avengers team-up? It's a question Kevin Feige must face everytime he heads out into the wild, and his answer hasn't changed much since the dawn of time.
"My answer to that question has always been the same, which is when I started at Marvel 14 years ago the notion of us becoming our own studio, becoming more successful than other studios doing this, and bringing The Avengers to the screen, would have seemed like the pipe dream of all pipe dreams. And because we are sitting here talking because this has all happened, I'm not going to rule out anything. It has been unbelievable - the Marvel experience for me in particular over the years, so anything's possible. But I would say for the immediate future, Fox is very busy building their X-Men universe and redoing the Fantastic Four universe. Sony is well underway with their Spider-Man plans. And we clearly have a long-term vision for the cinematic universe. And thankfully have so many characters and so many possibilities that we don't find ourselves in a position going 'Will we ever get these other characters in here because we don't know what to do.' There's lots to do."
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