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What's The Comic Book Movie Cross Over You'd Want To See Most?

Updated on November 21, 2013

The Future of Comic Book Movies Is Here!

When it comes to comic book movies, almost everyone can agree that Marvel has paved an innovative and exciting path. In the past, comic book movies were solely set in one character's universe.

Marvel changed this formula forever by creating a co-existing cinematic universe for their comic characters on the big screen. No one thought it was plausible or even possible, but the Avengers proved to be hugely successful.

Now, many studios are seeking to cross over, in some form, their comic book properties into a shared universe. Bryan Singer's X-Men Days of Future Past is one of the most ambitious X-Men movies to date. Crossing over the original cast with the new X-Men First Class cast is pretty spectacular, but the madness doesn't end there.

A while ago, rumors sparked that Fox and Disney were working on crossing over the X-Men and the Avengers. Hugh Jackman loves the idea, and producer of the X-Men franchise, Lauren Shuler Donner, has expressed extreme interest in it as well.

Recently, word has gotten out that Fox plans to hint at a shared universe between the X-Men and it's rebooted Fantastic Four franchise. However, sources have said that it's most likely that this will most likely just be hints and cameos.

But will this be the future of comic book movies? After all, DC/Warner has recently announced a Superman/Batman team up to follow up the success of Man of Steel, and there's no doubt that comic fans are going bonkers over the news despite the fact that they announced Ben Affleck as the new Batman.

So, since it seems we should prepare ourselves for huge epic comic book crossover movies, I thought it would be fun to push down on the accelerator and propose some cross over comic movies fans are itching for. So after seeing the choices, be sure to vote in the poll and let's see which one is the top choice that movie studios should seriously consider pushing to make happen

Wolverine & Captain America
Wolverine & Captain America
The X-Men vs. Avengers
The X-Men vs. Avengers

Avengers X-Men Cross Over

Hugh Jackman wants it and Lauren Shuler Donner has talked about it quite often, but it still seems unlikely that Fox Studios and Marvel/Disney will make it happen, despite the fact that a movie cross over event between Marvel's two most popular superhero teams would be an epic box office smash. Talk about Ka-Ching!

Not like it would extremely hard or they wouldn't have any material to go on. The comics have had many Avengers/X-Men crossovers. There was even a 1987 4 issue limited series The X-Men vs. The Avengers that would be a pretty good basis for an Avengers/X-Men cross over movie. That was the very first X-Men/Avengers crossover comic series, and I loved the story growing up. If you're a comic fan and haven't read it, I highly suggest that you do.

Anyways, I'm not talking about just having a movie with mere cameos here. I'm talking about a full fledged movie that brings both teams in a clash or a team up. In the 1987 comic book limited series, Magneto has changed his ways and become an X-Man, but is wanted for war crimes. The Avengers seek to bring Magneto in to be tried and judged for his crimes. Of course, the X-Men want to protect Magneto.

I don't know about you, but that sounds like a pretty good and plausible basis for a movie, especially since Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch will be in the Avengers sequel. Quicksilver will also be in Bryan Singer's X-Men Days of Future Past, played by a different actor, however.

Still, if the studios could only play nice together, it would be a great time to see the Avengers and X-Men crossover in a movie. Besides, who doesn't want to see Wolverine & Captain America go toe-to-toe on the silver screen?

If this is your dream movie crossover, be sure to vote for it in the poll located near the bottom of this hub!

Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men 4 issue limited comic series
Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men 4 issue limited comic series

Fantastic Four/X-Men Cross Over

Of course, since Josh Trank's reboot of the Fantastic Four has yet happened and they haven't yet cast anyone yet, I had to use a picture of the old cast. However, this Fantastic Four/X-Men cross over movie would feature Josh Trank's cast.

Which begs the question of which cast would be used for the X-Men? Would it be the original cast or the new X-Men First Class cast? Hmmm...I'd have to say the original. Why? Well, because the First Class cast is from the past and the original X-Men movies were of present day.

Just like an Avengers & X-Men crossover movie, there was a great crossover comic book limited series titled The Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men that also came out in 1987 and would be a great basis for a FF/X-Men crossover epic film.

In this story, Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadowcat, mutant powers have gone haywire. She cannot control her phasing power and is literally phasing out of existence. The X-Men seek the help of Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) to find a way to cure her. However, Reed Richards college journal has been recently found, and the miscalculation he made that turned him and his friends into super powered beings begins to eat at his confidence.

He refuses to help the X-Men, afraid he will make a major mistake like the one he did which bombarded the Fantastic Four team with cosmic rays, and accidentally kill Kitty. After a fight, none other than Dr. Doom appears and offers to help the X-Men. Reluctantly, but without much choice, The X-Men accept Doom's offer.

At FF Plaza, Sue Richards reads an excerpt from Reed's journal that mentions the research of Charles Xavier and the eventual emergence of mutants. The journal also says that Reed purposely let cosmic radiation bombard the rocket to turn normal humans, starting with them, into super-powered beings in order to counter the future mutant threat.

I won't retell the whole story. If you haven't read the comic series. I highly suggest you do. It's written by famed X-Men writer Chris Claremont, so you know it will be worthwhile.

As for a crossover movie, I think this comic story would make a great basis for a Fantastic Four/X-Men crossover story. I do think that Josh Trank's rebooted franchise would have to complete its own trilogy first before attempting such an epic feat.

I think an FF/X-Men crossover is more likely to happen since Fox owns the rights to both properties. I surely hope it does happen, and in my personal opinion, this is the crossover movie from the Marvel universe I'd most like to see. Well, only if it's based on the 1987 four issue limited comic series.

I think if Fox tried to reinvent some other story basis, I think the crossover movie would most likely suck eggs. Then again, the material is already there. Why would you not want to tap into it?

Justice League Film

Even though DC/Warner has announced a Superman/Batman team up movie to follow up Man of Steel and even cast Ben Affleck as the new Batman, this still doesn't excuse their announcement of a Justice League movie that they later withdrew only months after confirming a 2015 release.

Although the Batman/Superman crossover does make sense and it will probably help to expand and build a shared DC cinematic universe, comic fans are still itching to see DC's most powerful heroes come together in an epic Justice League film. Fans are also still confused as to why DC/Warner has little confidence in the project even when Marvel's Avengers has already proven that such a film is highly plausible and can be successful.

While Marvel and Disney seem to boldly expand their cinematic universe by introducing less popular characters to the big screen like Dr. Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy, DC/Warner seems to have trouble getting their other popular characters like Wonder Woman and The Flash to see the light of day. With Green Lantern a bomb at the box office and among fans, DC/Warner seems to be cautious.

However, how long can they milk the Batman and Superman movie franchises before fans grow tired and want to see something new. Whether the studio likes it or not, it's the right time for a Justice League film. Superhero movies may be the king of the box offices now, but we all know that the general audience is a fickle bunch and will grow tired and weary of comic book movies. That may be sooner than what most people think, and if that's so and DC/Warner doesn't get their head out their ass, we may never get to see a Justice League film.

What's The Comic Book Movie Cross Over You'd Want To See Most?

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In Conclusion

So the possibility of epic comic book crossover movies are indeed high, and it seems that the genre will head towards that way. However, it seems more likely that comic properties rights owned by the same studio are more likely to happen.

Still producers and actors of different franchises owned by different studios are excitingly talking about it. So maybe it isn't too far off to see Fox and Disney join forces to create an Avengers/X-Men cross over. If that's done, the sky is the limit.

Thanks for reading, and be sure to vote in the poll to the right at the possible comic book crossover movies most plausible to happen in the near future.


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      rabbit75 4 years ago

      I loved the X-Men vs. Avengers cross over during the 80s, but my favorite was the Fantastic Four vs. The X-Men. Those two were great stories.

      I'm sure we'll start to see movie studios more willing to cross over characters in film. The money potential is just way too profitable for them to ignore it for long. It would be quite stupid for them to do so, but these studios are such a power struggle, which ruins a lot of comic book movies because everyone and their mothers in production has to have their input and stamp on it.

      Whether these cross over movies will be good is an entirely different story.

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      Trusouldj 4 years ago

      I actually remember that X-Men vs The Avengers. That was good stuff. But then I've always been a fan of crossovers when they are written well. But I don't appreciate a major crossover where one book has excellent art and the other book is hard to read.

      As far as movies go, I feel like all of the Marvel properties should show up in some form for the final Avengers movie. But with so many reboots of the hulk, ff and spidey and the punisher, I just want a good movie period.